On June 12, a male Black Bear cub was admitted from Rockbridge County. The bear had been seen wandering around a barn for several days with no sign of a sow; the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries was contacted and the decision was made to rescue the bear cub and bring him to the Wildlife Center.
Dr. Ernesto, the Center's hospital director, examined the small cub when he arrived, and found that the bear was quiet and alert. The cub was dehydrated and thin, with an estimated body condition score of 1.5/5 (with 3/5 being a normal, healthy condition). The bear weighed 4.9 kg. No injuries were found, though the bear did have a heavy burden of ticks. Subcutaneous fluids were given and the bear was treated with an antiparasitic. An Orange Tag was placed in each of the bear's ears.
The bear was placed in a Zinger crate in the Center's Bear Pen for the weekend, where the rehabilitation staff could offer a thickened formula and some soft veggies and fruits. Once most of the ticks fall off the bear, he'll be moved to the Large Mammal Isolation enclosure with the other cubs. Watch for him later this week on Critter Cam!