During the past week, Black Bear cub #22-0685’s condition has improved. Rehabilitation staff report that the cub was happy to eat his meal on the morning of May 1 after being transitioned back to a Zinger crate near Black Bear cub #22-0462. The cub is still underweight and in thin body condition, but his appetite has continued to grow throughout the week, resulting in a slight increase in weight. On May 5, the cub weighed in at 1.70 kg -- 30 g heavier than his intake weight of 1.40 kg.
Between scheduled feedings, both cubs are now having supervised play sessions together in their sheltered outdoor space – an important aspect of proper development in young bears. For now, the cub will remain under close observation by the veterinary and rehabilitation staff at the Center.