On the evening of November 15, a Black Bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center. The bear was found stumbling in the middle of a road in Nelson County, before collapsing on the road. The bear's rescuer picked it up and put it in the trunk of his car and took it to the Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary. The bear was transferred to the Wildlife Center that same day.
Dr. Sarah, one of the Center's veterinary interns, examined the cub on arrival. The female bear was very thin, severely dehydrated, with alopecia [missing hair] around her eyes and muzzle. The bear's teeth were worn and Dr. Sarah noted a possible abscessed right molar. A skin scraping confirmed that the bear had sarcoptic mange mites, though fortunately most of the bear's coat was in fair condition. Radiographs were within normal limits. The cub weighed 6.5 kg.
The bear was placed in a Zinger crate and moved to the Center's Bear Pen. On Monday, the veterinary team ran blood work, which revealed that the bear was anemic. The staff offered the bear a soft, easily digestible meal, which the bear started consistently eating in the days following admission. On the morning of November 18, the cub was offered an oral medication in a small tasty treat.