Black Bear cub #17-0411

Admission Date: 
April 11, 2017
Location of Rescue: 
Franklin County, Virginia
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Separated from mother
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

On April 10, a citizen found a lone bear cub near a road. There was no sign of a sow or any other cubs nearby. The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries was called, and after staying the night with a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, the cub was transported by VDGIF officers on the morning of April 11.

Wildlife rehabilitator Brie and Dr. Ernesto examined the male cub when he arrived. The cub was bright and alert, and didn't have any injuries. Weighing in at 2.4 kg, the cub is the largest of the three currently residing at the Wildlife Center. The cub will be introduced to the two other cubs tonight.


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April 14, 2017

All three Black Bear cubs are doing well at the Wildlife Center. The two male cubs are well-matched for each other -- they are closer in age and weight, and enjoy playing with one another. At feeding time, the cubs are allowed free range of the room where they are housed, and they have time to romp and play after eating. The female cub has gained enough weight to graduate to three times a day feedings.

Here are two videos of the cub -- the first video is of the female and first male cub (before the third cub arrived).

This video of the two male cubs playing; the newest cub is identified by the green paint on his ears. Soon, they'll receive identification tags.