Appalachian Bear Rescue continues to nurse, monitor bear cubs

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TOWNSEND, Tenn. (WATE) – Appalachian Bear Rescue brought in a new bear last week that has since been doing well after some  health complications they’re continuing to monitor. Other bear cubs are also being treated at the rescue. 

Daffodil Bear arrived at ABR Tuesday night, April 2, after a short stay in the intensive care unit at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine.

On Tuesday, April 9, a week into her care at ABR, the group says Daffodil Bear had a couple of stitches removed that veterinarians had put in when they treated her following her rescue for a prolapsed rectum.

“It was a routine procedure, completed quickly and without any complications,” the group shared in a Facebook post Tuesday.

The 14-month-old black bear yearling was found wandering in the wild without her mother, suffering from extreme and prolonged malnutrition.

Curators are making sure she gets a lot of rest and sticks to a restricted diet of bear milk replacement formula.

Tulpi Bear, another bear cub at the rescue who came to ABR on April 7, is having some complications as her recovery is closely monitored and has had to go back to UT College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Tulip’s blood work was ok, considering her weak condition,” ABR shared in the Facebook update on Tuesday, April 9. “Today, she had high white cell counts, low red cell counts, was nearly comatose and couldn’t control her body temperature, indications of an infection. The vets also discovered evidence of an old spinal injury she’d suffered some time ago, probably while she was still a cub.

“It had healed completely but served to remind us of how tough life is for a bear in the wild and how especially hard it is on the young. About 25% of cubs don’t make it to their first birthday, and of those who do, 25% won’t see their second.”

ABR saying Tulip was given a shot of different antibiotics and sent back to ABR with more. She’s switched places with Daffodil, and is now in The Cub Nursery and Daffodil is in The Red Roof Recovery Center.

Blackbeary, Bluebeary, and Hucklebeary, the 2-month-old cubs living in the pen next to Tulip, are still having issues drinking from a bottle. The curators resorted to feeding them with a syringe, a little at a time until the cubs get used to the idea of milk coming from something that is not their mother.

Appalachian Bear Rescue completely relies on donations from the public. They’re currently selling ceramic cups and a special pecan pie from the Louisiana Praline Factory. Pictures of the cubs come with every order.

Click here to order or donate to Appalachian Bear Rescue.

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