On April 18, a young Black Bear cub was found near the side of the road in Wythe County, Virginia. The cub's rescuer left it alone for several hours and checked back later, but the cub was still in the same area with no signs of a sow. The rescuer picked up the cub and called the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR). A DWR biologist took the cub back to the same area where it was rescued and again left it for a longer period of time, in every attempt to reunite the cub with its mother, but by April 19, the biologist decided that the cub should be transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia for further care.
Dr. Cameron, one of the Center's interns, examined the male bear cub when he arrived, and found that the cub had no signs of injuries and was in fair body condition. A full examination and diagnostics were performed the following day, all within normal limits. The cub weighed 1.14 kg.
After the examination, the cubs were introduced to one another. Both are on the same feeding schedules, receiving a specialized bear formula four times a day. The female cub prefers mush bowls; the rehabilitation staff will determine how the new male cub prefers to eat.