On April 16, a young Black Bear cub was found in Floyd County, Virginia, attempting to eat a homeowner's sweet feed (goat food). The homeowner waited several hours to see if the sow would return to claim her cub; but after a few hours with no sign of the bear's mother, the bear cub was first taken to Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke. A biologist with the Department of Wildlife Resources checked the area for den sites but was unable to find any sign of a sow. The cub was transferred to the Wildlife Center of Virginia later that same evening.
Dr. Sarah, one of the Center's veterinary interns, reported that the female cub was a little thin, weighing in at 1.50 kg. Radiographs were within normal limits, and blood work showed that the bear was mildly anemic and had low levels of protein in her blood, likely due to being without her mother for a short period of time.
The rehabilitation staff set the cub up in a Zinger crate and started attempted to bottle-feed the cub as well as offering a mush bowl. The bear appears to be more reluctant to bottle feed, but is eating her mush bowl during the day.