Black Bear cub #17-0744

Admission Date: 
May 2, 2017
Location of Rescue: 
Wythe County, Virginia
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Separated from mother
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

On May 2, the wildlife veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries delivered two Black Bear cubs to the Wildlife Center. One cub, #17-0744, was a male cub found walking down the side of the road in Wythe County, Virginia.

Dr. Peach, one of the Wildlife Center's veterinarians, examined the cub when he arrived. The cub was thin and dehydrated, but didn't have any obvious injuries. Radiographs and blood work were performed; results were within normal limits. The cub weighed 2.3 kg and Dr. Peach placed a yellow identification tag in the cub's left ear.

Wildlife rehabilitator Brie will begin bottle-feeding the bear with an oral rehydration solution; during the next day, the cub will be weaned onto bear formula.

Black Bear cubs require specialized long-term care and rehabilitation ... they stay with us a year before they are released back to the wild. Your donation helps us care for bears!