On May 27, a young Black Bear cub was found in the middle of a road in Franklin County, Virginia. There was no sow in the area, and the bear was picked up and taken to the Southside Virginia Wildlife Center, where he stayed for the night before he was transported the next day to the Wildlife Center of Virginia.
The male cub was bright and alert when he arrived. Dr. Peach anesthetized the bear for a full examination, including a physical, blood work, radiographs, and skin scraping. The bear cub was thin, and had a severe tick infestation; no other issue was found. The cub weighed 2.02 kg.
Dr. Peach placed an Orange Tag in the bear’s left ear and gave the cub fluids and a dose of an anti-parasitic, as well as a topical flea/tick spray. Given the cub’s condition, Dr. Peach guesses that the cub has been separated from his mother for a period of time.
The rehabilitation staff will feed and monitor the bear during the next few days and will apply more topical tick spray as needed. The cub will be kept separate from the other cubs for now until the severe tick infestation is under control, and until he weighs more than 3.0 kg. The bear will be placed in a Zinger crate in the Center’s Large Mammal enclosure so the cub can see and smell his new “sisters” prior to introduction.