Appalachian Bear Rescue: Cub hit by car in Smokies on road to recovery

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Appalachian Bear Rescue says a cub hit by a car and taken in over the weekend appears to be on the road to recovery.

On Wednesday night, curators placed baby food pears and peaches in the room next to Persimmon Bear, and they say she walked over and ate all the food. 

The night before, they said Persimmon destroyed her bed, likely because she didn’t know what it was. They say bears typically rake twigs and leaves to make a day bed, so that may have been what she was trying to do. In any case, rescue officials say the activity is likely a good sign for her recovery.

Persimmon was hit by a car Saturday afternoon in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

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The cub, later named Persimmon, was taken to UT Center for Veterinary Medicine where she was treated and thoroughly examined. Persimmon had a swollen elbow and several broken ribs, Appalachian Bear Rescue said. 

ABR is asking for donations to help build three more cub houses. People are asked to donate online and choose “Bear Necessities Cub House Campaign” in the “Designate this gift for a specific purpose” section.

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