The Appalachian Bear Rescue shared video and photos on social media about the female eight-month-old bear’s recovery. The organization named the cub “Myrtle Bear” and have been monitoring her mobility, eating habits and senses.
The head curator said the cub was playing with toys which she said is a good sign of recovery.
“You know if you can contrast that to when she first came in, and she can barely lift her head. She’s extremely lethargic and just worn out,” he said. “Fast forward to Monday and she’s rolling the ball around and that’s huge. That’s a great improvement. So, we’re just overall really, really happy with her progress.”
Myrtle Bear was injured after colliding with a car on River Road near Elkmont. Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers found her laying in the road. The cub was taken to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine for treatment, before being taken in by the rescue.
Appalachian Bear Rescue said the x-rays showed no fractures but that the cub was bleeding from her nose and had blood in her throat. Curators are monitoring her movements and were able to get her to eat and take medication.
For more updates about Myrtle, visit Appalachian Bear Rescue’s Facebook page.