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Appalachian Bear Rescue

Ken LaValley, ABR’s photographer of record, visited the facility to capture official photos of Otto and Rollo on their six month birthday, and Dani and Summitt on their eighteen month birthday. We rely on the high definition version of these photos for our files and as evidence of the bears’ progress for the vets and wildlife offices responsible for them.

However, our residents don't know or care about the effort we expend scheduling these photo shoots or how important they are. They’re free agents and have a right to privacy. Summitt chose (no surprise) to exercise his right, but in his defence Ken reports “it was hotter than the devil's basement… No wonder Summitt stayed under cover."

Today, Curator Janet thought she saw a familiar lump of fur on a familiar branch. Not one to look a gift bear in the mouth, she whipped out her camera and took photos of Summitt, napping in his tree. He’s a day late, but we won’t quibble and are happy to post his “official” birthday portrait.

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Ken LaValley, ABR’s photographer of record, visited the facility to capture official photos of Otto and Rollo on their  six month birthday, and Dani and Summitt on their eighteen month birthday. We rely on  the high definition version of these photos for our files and as evidence of the bears’ progress for the vets and wildlife offices responsible for them. 

However, our residents dont know or care about the effort we expend scheduling these photo shoots or how important they are.  They’re free agents and have a right to privacy.  Summitt chose (no surprise) to exercise his right, but in his defence Ken reports “it was hotter than the devils basement… No wonder Summitt stayed under cover. 

Today, Curator Janet thought she saw a familiar lump of fur on a familiar branch. Not one to look a gift bear in the mouth, she whipped out her camera and took photos of Summitt, napping in his tree. He’s a day late, but we won’t quibble and are happy to post his “official” birthday portrait.  

Please help us help our bears on the their journey back to the wild.

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Just curious. Is the person who writes these posts from Canada?

Love all the photos !! The bears look wonderful!! Could Rollo and Otto get any cuter????🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻 Thank you for sharing them with us !😁

I would imagine that Dani and Summits days at ABR are coming to an end? Any idea how much longer they will be with you?

Thank you for the beautiful photos of these majestic and iconic creatures of the forest 💚💚💚💚🌳 🌲🌿💙🐻🐻🐻💗🐻 They are magnificent and so photogenic, love the way they pose 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 Dani and Summitt are on their way into the big wide world soon🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️🌎🌲🐻🐻☀️✨💫 😞😢

Beautiful photos! Love the ones of the cubbies! Dani and Summitt are looking great! Summitt will miss his tree limb when he leaves. But there will be plenty more for him to play in. Thank you Ken and Janet for the precious photos.

I've never attempted to publish anything, so I don't know what's involved--but I wonder if a big coffee table book full of bears might be a moneymaker in the shop & online?

These are some of the best pictures. Really caught the personalities of these four. Thank you for all the pictures you provide us. I know Curator Janet really works hard to give us a glimpse every day. So Bravo for the hard working and extremely Hot crew at the A.B.R.

Beautiful shots!! Otto and Rollo look so different!!! Both are precious!! Dani is still a beauty!! And I don't believe there's a better shot of Mr. Summitt bear so relaxed!!!

Otto and Rollo are too cute for words! Dani and Summitt look very healthy, and I know we must send them on their way soon. Thanks for the great pictures Ken and Janet! ❤️🐻

I wish you all would make a calendar for sale. The bears are too funny and cute. What is not to love?

I have nothing but good to say about the wonderful photos by the curators, and appreciate them to the nth degree. But - pros are pros, aren't they. I would love to see more.

Wonderful "birthday" portraits, and so glad that Curator Janet was able to get a pic of the elusive Summitt doing what he loves best.

Just an idea maybe you could turn these cute pictures into post cards and tee shirts to benefit your work for bear rescues. 😃

Rollo and Otto are really growing. And Dani looks great! And Summit is a Handsome Boy. Thanks for sharing the photos. Enjoy looking at all of them.

I have to keep myself in check to keep from asking for a 8 X 10 glossy of every bear you have.

Oh Lord! I'm loving that picture of Rollo! He is so posing here 😊

Wonderful photos! Thank you Mr. LaValley and Curator Janet!

I don't ever get,bored of seeing this bears they make me laghf

Ken is surely a talented fellow. And Curator Janet is no slouch, either!

Those babies are just so adorable!! Somebody should make Otto and Rollo stuffed teddy bears!!

All of the bears re doing so well. Great job ABR!

As an Acting Coach, these are PERFECT headshots ! Well done !!! They are STARS in our hearts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

So cute little bears glad to see you looking so adorable, thanks

What wonderful pictures! I especially love the last one of Summitt in the tree!

So very sweet ...they remind me so much of the little bears in my story books as a child

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ABR Video Update-July 22, 2017-Happy birthday, bears!

We hope you enjoy this compilation of short videos marking a special occasion. Otto and Rollo are six months old today, an important milestone. Some wildlife biologists believe that black bears orphaned at this age have a chance at life on their own. Our cubs will be with us for a few more months to give them the best chance possible. Dani and Summit are eighteen months old today. They’re strong and healthy and will be returning to the wild. Thank you for helping them see another birthday. Please click on the link to view.
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ABR Video Update-July 22, 2017-Happy birthday, bears! 

We hope you enjoy this compilation of short videos marking a special occasion. Otto and Rollo are six months old today, an important milestone. Some wildlife biologists believe that black bears orphaned at this age have a chance at life on their own. Our cubs will be with us for a few more months to give them the best chance possible. Dani and Summit are eighteen months old today. They’re strong and healthy and will be returning to the wild. Thank you for helping them see another birthday. Please click on the link to view.
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That is an absolutely fantastic photo of Rollo. Can i use it for my phone profile.altho Otto and Rollo are growing up fast now but still have cubbie faces. Dani and Summitt being a year older will l assume be leaving soon for their new life. Happy birthday to Dani,Summitt,Otto and Rollo. 🐻🐻🐻🐻

If All goes well... when is the approx release months of Summit, Dani, Otto and Rollo ???

Can they please go to Cade's Cove. I know you want to put them back where they were found but I think they will have a better chance at Cade's Cove. At least there's no hunters in there. I deleted someone because they posted their truck full of feed to trap bears so they can hunt them. I was furious. I love all these little guys. I can't stand when hunters get them. <3 Much Love

I saw a leaf stuck to Rollo's bum at the beginning of the video. Brought memories of Finnegan. ❤️🐻

Thank you for helping us understand black bears and their habitats and their needs. The video was enlightening and entertaining. Loved seeing Otto "standing" on his back paws. Do black bears usually use all four limbs in getting around?

As there wouldn't be enough superlatives I won't even try. Just that I'm sure everyone loved this video. One question that occurred to me is if there is any foliage that would provide natural food in the wildlife enclosure or is the only food available that which you provide.

An awesome video of the 2017 ABR black bears. I am soon to be an 80 year old Mother, Grandma, Great Grandma and I am afraid of cats and dogs, but love ABR and black bears.

Awww Happy Birthday cubbies!! 😀 How do you take the video? I thought I read that you try to keep the "human" element out of their environments, etc... Just curious... Thanks for the awesome video!

Thank you for that delightful video! It's so lovely to see them "in the wild" and foraging for their food. Otto was vocalising when they were sitting at the base of a tree. Was that because he was nervous or was it just "cubby chat"? 🙂

Just curious......it seems that last year at this time you had many more bears in residence.......is this year better for the bears? Or are the ones that need help not being found in time?

They make me smile every day. I hope Dani and Summitt do well on their own. When is their release?

At least you're not taking in a lot of the cubbies right now. Do you expect things to change in the fall? I wish I could be there to help in some way.❤️

do they wash their food or did Dani just happen to fish her pear out of the pool?

Rollo. appears to be catching up to Otto in size and weight. Is that true?

Are their grapes just growing in the wild where they live?

Why does Rollo appear to have fur missing on his bum?

I know it cannot be and not the purpose of Appalachian Bear Rescue, but wish they could stay with you forever so we always know they are safe and well. As I've said many times before, I'd be a horrible (but loving) rehabber 😉 <3

ABR, can you please tell us about how much you spend on their food every day? I cannot get over the volume of fruit they eat every day and that doesn't come cheap. Thank you SO much for their lovely birthday video!

So that's code for expect pictures soon of Summit and Dani returning to their "natural habitat." Bless you for what you do but my it is such bitter sweet joy when they leave you guys. Our brains tell us it is the best thing but our hearts...🙏💔❤️👏 so many emotions competing in my brain and heart right now!

I see how fast they run when released. I try to think how happy they are to be free again. I try to forget they may get hungry and have to find food on their own. There's the reward of foraging and doing it themselves, I suppose. You guys at ABR, UT Vets, and everyone who have any part in raising little orphaned bears -- you do an awesome job. Thank you.

Happy Birthday month to our little cubby babies. I know Dani and Summit are ready to go out on their own 🙁 This always makes me sad. Is there any way we could get updates on our babies that have been released? You, ABR, I believe I can speak for all of us, that with out you, our little cubbies would not have a chance. I have said this before and will keep on saying it, " You are angels on earth, and certainly doing Gods will." Many, many of Gods continued blessings on you all. <3

Oh, HapPy BiRtHdAy to the "Littles" ! 6 months old !!! And our "Teens" Dani & Summit !! You both are nearing the "time to leave the nest" as young adults. Our hearts will always be with you ❤️ Thank you ABR.

Thank you so much ABR, I've been wishing for a video of all the cubs. 💚🐻💚I'm not looking forward to Dani and Summitt leaving, but that's what it's all about. Rollo looks like he is catching up to Otto in size. Keep eating and growing stronger so you can be released back to the wild. 💛🐻💛

I love what you do. I love the bears. I love the Appalachian mountains and forests( books only). I want a perfect life for bears esp cubbies!!. Then again I would love the homo sapiens to have good lives. But they cross---loss of habitat,car accidents. Then I'm sad, I sure keep on praying though. X uk

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Curator David wrote in his notes that our resident bears “are smarter than we are”: only mad dogs and curators go out in the midday sun. Since Otto, Rollo, Dani and Summitt are neither, they rested in the shady trees and undergrowth, napping. Cubs and yearling were visible just long enough to capture a few photos, excepting Summitt who chose to slumber in private. Tomorrow, we celebrate the “official” birthday of all bears who come to ABR. Otto and Rollo will be six months old and Dani and Summitt turn eighteen months old. We can’t count on them appearing on the big day, so we’re posting today’s pictures as their formal birthday photos. Not wishing to leave Summitt out, we include one of him taken earlier this week.

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Curator David wrote in his notes that our resident bears “are smarter than we are”: only mad dogs and curators go out in the midday sun. Since Otto, Rollo, Dani and Summitt are neither, they rested in the shady trees and undergrowth, napping. Cubs and yearling were visible just long enough to capture a few photos, excepting Summitt who chose to slumber in private.  Tomorrow, we celebrate the “official” birthday of all bears who come to ABR. Otto and Rollo will be six months old and Dani and Summitt turn eighteen months old. We can’t count on them appearing on the big day, so we’re posting today’s pictures as their formal birthday photos. Not wishing to leave Summitt out, we include one of him taken earlier this week.

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Since Dani and Summitt will be turning 18 months are they going to be ready to be released soon

Great photos, compared them with pictures taken in early spring. They sure have grown! They look healthy and beautiful. Thanks to your great care. Looking forward to their release in the fall. May they stay safe, fat and happy!!!

They have grown stronger thanks to everyone's love and skills that are involved with ABR and UT Thank you so much for all that you do for these beautiful babies.

Happy Birthday to Rollo, Otto, Dani, and Summit! I hope they get a special treat tomorrow! They are beautiful and healthy, thanks to ABR!

From all the pictures that you have shown, the little cubs have certainly grown. All bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, hard to believe soon they'll be in the woods on their own little Trail

They all look so good. Bright alert eyes and shiny coats.

Really great birthday photos of all the bears! Thank you!

Happy Birthday Cubbies! Glad all four are doing so well! Hope they get a special treat tomorrow! 🎂❤️🐻

I am so in love with these bears. Really enjoying watching them grow up.

Happy Birthday eve, we celebrate you every day because in the wild you probably would not be alive and healthy. Thank you ABR.

Happy birthday! What wonderful birthday photos!

Great pictures, they all are very photogenic.......and, as usual, a wonderful write up...Thank you, ABR

Happy Birthday to all you Beautiful Bears. You all look like ur posing for pics. <3

They are 4 beautiful bears growing strong and healthy thanks to all their care at ABR. Thank you all and keep cool.☃️

Happy "Bearsday" to all the cubs!!! They are lucky to have you all to celebrate their bearthdays!!!

Wonderful pictures as usual. Happy Birthday to all our Smart Bears. Hope it cools down a bit this weekend. Thank you.

Very smart bears, hang in a tree where I would image it is cool with in the leave! Rest well 🐻

Such precious babies. Thank you all for helping them have a birthday where they are fed and loved. God bless each of you.

They are all so gorgeous. Getting big and looking so healthy.

Otto & Rollo are so adorable. It's as if they know you are there and they strike a pose.

Happy Birthday Cubbies,hope you get served a WONDERFUL Birthday lunch!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you all get something cold and yummy to eat for your birthday!

Happy Birthday to all the bears. Maybe you'll get a Muscadine popcycle.

🎶happy happy birthday nubbins!🎶 Love love love!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ and the fallen 💔

Happy birthday summit , dani , rollo , and Otto!!! Love to you wonderful baby bears😘😘😘

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3 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

It is another hot day here in Townsend. Temperatures feel like 94F/34C and our bears decided that is reason enough to be lazy today. Not even the smell of pears, plums, grapes, blackberries, muscadines and bear diet could motivate them to make their way down the trees.

Rollo was relaxing on a limb when he decided to lift his head and pose for the camera. Even though he is catching up with Otto, he is not quite the same size yet. We are excited to see the turnout of a wrestling match, when both qualify for the same weight class!

Dani’s union contract states that she does not have to make an appearance as soon as temperatures reach above 90F. She is well aware of that and took full advantage – the curators haven’t seen her all day.

Summitt on the other hand takes napping in a tree to the next level. He turned a limb into a pillow and looked as relaxed as a bear in a tree possibly could.

ABR is celebrating Christmas in July. Local artist Deede Edele graciously donated her talents to create these unique bear-themed ornaments to support our cubs. Each ornament is hand-crafted. We only have a limited number of these available. Please click the link below if you want to celebrate with us and support our cubs!
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It is another hot day here in Townsend. Temperatures feel like 94F/34C and our bears decided that is reason enough to be lazy today. Not even the smell of pears, plums, grapes, blackberries, muscadines and bear diet could motivate them to make their way down the trees. 

Rollo was relaxing on a limb when he decided to lift his head and pose for the camera. Even though he is catching up with Otto, he is not quite the same size yet. We are excited to see the turnout of a wrestling match, when both qualify for the same weight class!

Dani’s union contract states that she does not have to make an appearance as soon as temperatures reach above 90F. She is well aware of that and took full advantage – the curators haven’t seen her all day. 

Summitt on the other hand takes napping in a tree to the next level. He turned a limb into a pillow and looked as relaxed as a bear in a tree possibly could. 

ABR is celebrating Christmas in July. Local artist Deede Edele graciously donated her talents to create these unique bear-themed ornaments to support our cubs. Each ornament is hand-crafted. We only have a limited number of these available. Please click the link below if you want to celebrate with us and support our cubs!
https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/t/19338/shop/item.jsp?storefront_KEY=334&t=&store_item_KEY=1970

Thank you for continuing to support our mission!
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I thought you had a bear pool.

It's just to hot to eat for now! They will come down when it cools down! The sun is making them sleepy and lazy! I guess being in the trees cools them all around! Bless their little hearts! Summitt has a good limb to sleep on! Thank you for sharing!

For some reason I didn't realize you were located in Townsend. I was just there a couple of weeks ago. Y'all are lucky to be surrounded by such beauty. 💖. Went twice to Cades Cove. Saw a mama and her 4 cubs! I LOVE what you all do and I'm going to look into the ornament.

I am under a roof but it is still too hot to eat; trying to conserve my energy bill w/o running the a.c. I normally fix myself a tomato/ham sandwich around 9 PM, nice and cold and a root beer float. So, yup, I relate, it's too hot to eat.

Wow...it's downright balmy down there. We're at 96 degrees, and the corn sweat humidity takes the heat index up to 116 today. You can chew the air, it's so heavy. I'm ready for some rain!!!

Think we all need to take a cue from our bears and rest in leafy trees to keep cool. But I would need a pillow not a branch for my head!! Stay cool everyone ☃️

It is 92 hear in Fort Wayne Indiana & the bears got it straight I'm a heart patient and on days like this I can't breathe outside so I hide in the house

Hanging out in the trees being lazy bears - that is what summer is supposed to be about. It may be a bit on the warm side for them but I think I'm a bit jealous of these cubs and yearlings!

Wonder if they would like our very cold weather here in Sydney, we would like some of yours! Snow, frost and ice in mtn areas!

Love this post. Wrestling weight classes and union contracts, made me chuckle! Wonder if the cubs know how entertaining they are? 🤣

I wish I had Dani's contract. Both I g would make me happier than to hide all day in this heat! Smart bear!

you do have a way with words. love it lol. and i agree with all of them

Maybe you need some of Pooh's hunny to entice them out of the trees!

Those ornaments are adorable! Had to order one right away because I am sure they will sell out!

Checking ABR Facebook page is one of my daily delights. Love our bears.

They are all emulating Scarlett O'Hara in the midday heat and napping. Smart bears!

Smart babies!! I like the tree hanging-amazing the balance these beauties have...summit is a lot like myself 😜

yup, this is the kind of weather where one doesn't move much unless absolutely necessary

Oh bears, I so relate to this! When it's hot, it's best just to lay around and do nothing!!! <3

Precious bears. Hate to think of their release to bo loners❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏🙏😊😊😊😊

Thank you ABR for sharing these great pictures and for taking care of the Cubbies and the Yearlings

They all have such great personalities ! I am so happy they are just enjoying life and taking pictures 😊

They are called dog days, but they affect all species. Feel like a nap myself 🙂.

We saw a mom and 3 cubs in Cades Cove yesterday. She was crossing the road towards a wooded area. I know she was hot as she was panting as she walked.

It still amazes me how they can sleep in a tree and balance themselves

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4 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

The warm temperatures (92F/33C) today did not keep our two cubs from continuing their wrestling match. Rollo and Otto made their way down from a tree. As soon as their paws hit the ground, the rematch began. After a few minutes of playful fighting, Rollo accepted his second place gracefully, and continued his way to check on today’s menu. The choices today include red grapes, blueberries, muscadines and bear diet. Both cubs filled up on fruit and bear diet before they went back up a tree to rest.

Our yearlings have created their own personal game. It’s called “Hide from the curator”. Dani and Summitt decided that today was (yet again) not the day for any public appearances. The warm weather makes both bears only move as much as absolutely necessary.

Thank you for continuing to help us release Dani, Summitt, Rollo and Otto back to the wild.
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The warm temperatures (92F/33C) today did not keep our two cubs from continuing their wrestling match. Rollo and Otto made their way down from a tree. As soon as their paws hit the ground, the rematch began. After a few minutes of playful fighting, Rollo accepted his second place gracefully, and continued his way to check on today’s menu. The choices today include red grapes, blueberries, muscadines and bear diet. Both cubs filled up on fruit and bear diet before they went back up a tree to rest.

Our yearlings have created their own personal game. It’s called “Hide from the curator”. Dani and Summitt decided that today was (yet again) not the day for any public appearances. The warm weather makes both bears only move as much as absolutely necessary.

Thank you for continuing to help us release Dani, Summitt, Rollo and Otto back to the wild.
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I've been meaning to ask: there are a couple of pear trees in a vacant, untended lot near me, that are full of pears. They all look incredibly green. I have no idea how to tell when they should be harvested. But I would love to get them to you somehow. (I live just west of Knoxville.) Do they "keep" if I were to pick them before they were ripe? And how would I get them to you for the bears?

I know you release them where they were found, but is there any way they can be released together? They have really created a bound. <3

do they get very rough with each other or is it just play fighting? they are so cute. when will rollo catch up to otto's size?

Is Rollo catching up to Otto in size? He doesn't look quite as much smaller as he used to?

How in the world do you tell them apart ? I mean Otto and Rollo that's easy # whole bowl of the bears

Where are the cubby pool pics??!!😎

Hi ABR. What are muscadines?

This is the best thing on FB. I so look forward to seeing the bears. Gonna hate when they are released..but glad they get to go back to the mountains

Otto and Rollo are handsome, content little guys and both appear to be doing so well under your care ABR. Thanks so much for giving them what they need to survive and thrive. ❤️

Those two cubbies are so precious! I guess Otto is showing little Rollo he is bigger and he is going to win these wrestling matches! Happy to see them enjoying each other! Seems like Dani and Summitt would rather stay in the coolness of the underbrush than have their pictures taken! I don't blame them! Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos and the info!

Love seeing the little guys acting like siblings and play fighting! Good exercise and training for them both. Otto definitely has the weight advantage. Thanks so much for our daily dose of pleasure! ❤️🐻

Always a delight to see Otto and Rollo playing, eating, climbing, and sleeping together. They are learning from each other how to be bears.

I love it that the two little bears like to wrestle. I know it won't last for long but I like it that the two have comfort and companionship with each other.

Thank you for sharing and taking care of the Cubbies and the Yearlings

Thank you for the wonderful pictures, and for what you do for the bears.

Thank you for the daily updates , love reading about the bears

Very fun post to see that the two boys are learning how to be bears. From what you all have taught, this is the only time male bears have friendsand it makes me happy they have each other.

They are SO cute! It is wonderful to see them thriving and behaving like bears. 😊

They are playing like brothers. Wonderful photos today, as always.

Otto bested Rollo! He is growing and getting stronger...that is unless Rollo "let" his little brother win! 😜

Love these bear cubs...and the stories you tell us about them.

They are just to adorable <3

Otto and Rollo are simply adorable! It is so nice to see them healthy and having fun!!

So glad they have your great team of folks to take such good care of them!!!!

Playful little cubbies - even in this heat. So cute to see them healthy and happy.

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5 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

It’s 84F (29C), relatively cool considering the rest of the week is forecast to be in the mid-90’sF (34C). The bears don’t move more than necessary, and Dani Bear has it down to a science. Rather than forage through the undergrowth, she plops herself down, rakes whatever food is in reach, eats it, moves a few feet and repeats the process. Good conservation of energy, Dani!

Summitt made another public appearance today, foraging near the tree-line. After yesterday’s reveal of his frosted “winter fur-do”, we’re glad the curator got a picture of Summitt’s classic black summer coat. It covers most of his body and will soon cover all of it (highlights be gone!).

Otto and Rollo are sticking to the trees, finding relief from the heat high up off the ground. They're quick little bears; while delivering their lunch, Curator Coy saw them in one tree, then a few minutes later, saw them in another.

All bears enjoyed the same menu: grapes, plums, blackberries, nectarines, pears, bear diet pellets and some honeycomb. All Cubby Pools and Tubs were flushed out, filled with cold water and are available for splashing.

Please help us help Otto, Rollo, Dani and Summitt return to the wild where they belong. Every donation is welcome, every dollar is appreciated.

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It’s 84F (29C), relatively cool considering the rest of the week is forecast to be in the mid-90’sF (34C).  The bears don’t move more than necessary, and Dani Bear has it down to a science. Rather than forage through the undergrowth, she plops herself down, rakes whatever food is in reach, eats it, moves a few feet and repeats the process. Good conservation of energy, Dani!  

Summitt made another public appearance today, foraging near the tree-line.  After yesterday’s reveal of his frosted “winter fur-do”, we’re glad the curator got a picture of Summitt’s classic black summer coat. It covers most of his body and will soon cover all of it (highlights be gone!). 

Otto and Rollo are sticking to the trees, finding relief from the heat high up off the ground. Theyre quick little bears; while delivering their lunch, Curator Coy saw them in one tree, then a few minutes later, saw them in another. 

All bears enjoyed the same menu: grapes, plums, blackberries, nectarines, pears, bear diet pellets and some honeycomb. All Cubby Pools and Tubs were flushed out, filled with cold water and are available for splashing. 

Please help us help Otto, Rollo, Dani and Summitt return to the wild where they belong. Every donation is welcome, every dollar is appreciated. 

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It's nice to be back with you all at ABR including the cubbies. Phone and internet problems hopefully its all ok now. You have the same heat we're having over here at the moment,altho torrential rain and thunderstorms forcast tonight. I don't think I'll climb a tree like Otto and Rollo but can't blame them if it's cooler for them. Would they stay there during a storm? Summitt has a beautiful black coat. Altho it must be very warm,i expect theyll all be having a nice dip soon. Dani bear has it just right preserving energy,clever girl.

While visiting Cades Cove last week we saw a mama bear with yellow ear tags that had two cubs. Could this be one of your former residents?

Calendar of Rollo and Otto for 2018 would be delightful. Or a screen saver. Or? The photos of them are heart-warming.

Oh I hope all four of these beauties will be on the calendar. When will they be available??

All four of the bears look healthy and strong. Thank you for all of your hard work, preparing them for their return to the wild. They are such lucky bears to have all of you taking care of them. I know you must have pure joy in your hearts every time you successfully return them to the wild. You have the greatest of jobs and it shows in every single bear you come into contact with.

I dont move more than I have to in this heat either! I bring home bags of ice for my critters. The raccoons especially love a pool full of ice. This weather is hard on all. Even the curators! As always thank you for taking care of our beautiful bears.

so happy to see all the cubbies! Summitt is one handsome dude! And Dani just looks all the perfection of a lady. Ohhhhh Rollo! Otto! Keep growing little ones, you've got some catching up to do! <3 <3 <3 <3

Good morning ABR, all cubs accounted for a live and well, let my day begin. Hot and humid over here in southern UK as well, thunderstorms last night, definitely saps the energy

Bears are so smart. Love, love, love, love them. Thank you for sharing. They are all so sweet and beautiful, and getting pleasingly plump.Thank you for everything you do for them. You are so appreciated.❤️❤️❤️❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

The bears are looking great! Dani is one smart bear! She knows how to save energy! Summitt is starting to look good in his new coat! The cubs are so cute! Thank you for sharing!

Thank you for the pictures. All of the time before ABR I didn't realise bears climbed so much. Now I'm well informed---boy does it make sense ♡. X uk

Leave it to a female to figure out a way to he without too much trouble, makes in the other hand 🙂 Otto and Rollo are something else such twins 😊

Thank you for your love and dedication. It's wonderful to see these photos!

It's 90 in fort wayne Indiana when its this hot I stay in my house so my lil bears know what to do too

Bless their hearts. Praying the babies stay cool in this hot, humid weather!! Splashing in a pool sounds wonderful! !!

Such beautiful cubbies! Each with their own personality!

Those cubbies are getting chubbier by the day, they look like little fur balls.

Thank you, ABR. Though the cubs are hot, they are healthy thanks to you.

All4 are beautiful. What will stay in my mind is Rollo and his blankly . Was so cute

Smart Bear's! Thank you for taking care of the Cubbies and the Yearlings

I'm sorry to hear that the weather is so hot. I always worry about how the animals will fare in heat-waves. 🙁

So happy to see these beautiful, healthy, happy to bears! Thanks ABR!!! Love them all....❤️❤️❤️❤️💔

Thanks for all you do for those precious bear cubs until they are free wild bears again.

Survivoring the life👍🏼😍

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6 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

The cubs were in fine form, their fear of crows somewhat diminished. Brave as they were, Otto and Rollo didn’t venture too far from their tree. They climbed down, paused to wrestle (Otto won!), scampered back up (crow!), then came down again to eat frozen blackberries and blueberries, honeycomb, almonds, cherries, and grapes, the same menu as the “big bears”, Dani and Summitt, were enjoying.

The curators count themselves lucky if they see parts of Summitt in the undergrowth, and very lucky if they see all of him lounging on his favorite branch. They haven’t seen him “in the round” for some time, so Curator Janet, patient soul, waited to capture a few pictures of our reclusive yearling.

We thought Dani’s “70’s mohawk” was radical, but it seems as if Summitt had the tips of his winter coat frosted.( A bid to revive “glam rock”? ) You can see summer fur around his face, shoulders, and legs, but a bear’s winter coat can linger, resulting in some unfortunate fashion statements. Until he and Dani finally get rid of these tattered remnants, they’ll sport looks that might be unappealing to humans, but make no difference to bears.

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The cubs were in fine form, their fear of crows somewhat diminished. Brave as they were, Otto and Rollo didn’t venture too far from their tree. They climbed down, paused to wrestle (Otto won!), scampered back up (crow!), then came down again to eat frozen blackberries and blueberries, honeycomb, almonds, cherries, and grapes, the same menu as the “big bears”, Dani and Summitt, were enjoying.

The curators count themselves lucky if they see parts of Summitt in the undergrowth, and very lucky if they see all of him lounging on his favorite branch. They haven’t seen him “in the round” for some time, so Curator Janet, patient soul, waited to capture a few pictures of our reclusive yearling. 

We thought Dani’s “70’s mohawk” was radical, but it seems as if Summitt had the tips of his winter coat frosted.( A bid to revive  “glam rock”? ) You can see summer fur around his face, shoulders, and legs, but a bear’s winter coat can linger, resulting in some unfortunate fashion statements.  Until he and Dani finally get rid of these tattered remnants, they’ll sport looks that might be unappealing to humans, but make no difference to bears. 

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How long will the playful last for Otto and Rollo ? I know you said that black bears live all by themselves. Just curious

Love the pictures and articles you share. Was in Townsend earlier in the month, but did not have time to visit.

When will Summitt and Dani be released?In the late fall?

Do you still have that "dead" crow?

ABR, I'm curious, do bears see in color?

What do I look forward to more.... pictures of my bears, or the commentary!! Ok, the pics, but whether happy or sad, the commentary is always straight to my heart.

Beautiful pictures of our beloved bears! Dani and Summitt are just trying to stay in style with the rest of the world! The cubbies are looking beautiful! They are growing up so fast! Happy to see them all looking so happy and healthy! Thank you ABR for taking such good care of them!

Love the pictures, Thank You Janet for your patience in taking the pictures of Summitt and Dani ♥ Roolo and Otto are as cute as ever never know what will be up with those 2 🙂 ♥ ♥ Thank You ABR for the update, have a great rest of the day!!

As always, I loved the photos and the commentary, especially the information about what is "on trend" in bear hair this summer! Thanks to Curator Janet for her patience in waiting for that wonderful photo of Summit with his fashion-statement. 🙂

I love getting my cubby fix each day but the only picture I can see is the first one. Probably time to get another computer. Keep up the good work.

Everyone looking happy and healthy. So encouraging to see the amazing work you all do. We and the cubbies are so fortunate to have you (all) in our lives! Thank you ♥

Summit and Dani seem to be getting along just fine. And who couldn't fall in love with Otto and Rollo? What a joy to watch them on their journey to being yearnings.

🤗🤗🤗❤️❤️❤️Many hugs, much love and endless heartfelt thanks to Janet and everyone at ABR!! Collectively, you redefine the word "awesome". 💫🌟

ABR, you do not disappoint....great pictures and write up....thank you

Love the pics thank u for sharing them I just love those guys ❤️🐾🐾🐻

As usual beautiful writing and amazingly entertaining photos.

So many wonderful pictures, thank you 😄🙏🏼! All bears look great 😍

Really good photos today, ABR, thnx for sharing! <3 to Otto, Rollo, Dani and Summit!

I just love all 4 bears. They look so healthy and beautiful.

Thanks for all the great pictures - our cubs and yearlings are looking fabulous because of all you do ❤️❤️

They are doing what bear cubs do, enjoying life. Fantastic!!

Oh my goodness these cubs are so precious! Wouldn't it be nice of humans were like bears and don't care about appearance 😊

Looks like a great day for the bears all around 🙂

All the rescue's look Sooooo good and cared for...thank you ABR !!!

Love them. Thanks for all the cute pictures and neat stories.

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1 week ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Otto and Rollo don’t like crows. In truth, the cubs are afraid of them. They still find the loud birds intimidating, and scamper up a tree when they come too close. Soon, the cubs will be indifferent to them or chase them away, but for now, the refuge of a tree and the comfort of a paw does wonders for cubby courage. They came down a few minutes after their fright and resumed foraging.

Our fake crow is on duty, but may have to be moved to a new location. The birds are clever and gifted with a great memory (We think Curator Coy is still on their “list” from last year’s encounter). Thanks to a Facebook friend, "Fake Crow" is now known as “Faux Crow”. 🙂
Dani and Summitt were in the undergrowth and declined to appear. We hope to see them tomorrow.

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Otto and Rollo don’t like crows. In truth, the cubs are afraid of them. They still find the loud birds intimidating, and scamper up a tree when they come too close. Soon, the cubs will be indifferent to them or chase them away, but for now, the refuge of a tree and the comfort of a paw does wonders for cubby courage. They came down a few minutes after their fright and resumed foraging. 

Our fake crow is on duty, but may have to be moved to a new location. The birds are clever and gifted with a great memory (We think Curator Coy is still on their “list” from last year’s encounter). Thanks to a Facebook friend, Fake Crow is now known as “Faux Crow”. :) 
Dani and Summitt were in the undergrowth and declined to appear. We hope to see them tomorrow.

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Is that a trait of young bears to comfort themselves by sucking on their paws??Like babies sucking their thumbs.

Do the crows try to steal the bears' food?

So baby bears suck their "thumbs" like babies? ❤️

What is the purpose of Faux Crow?

I have to tell you I was out riding my mountain bike today in our largest park where there are bears... instead of looking on the ground, I kept wanting to stop and look up because of this page! None to be found though. 🙁 Thanks for the Rollo and Otto fix! LOVE THEM!

Love to see their daily pix and updates. Soon the cubbies will be big boys and not care any more about the loud crows 😕😉🙈🙉🐻🌲It's always sad to see Bear Cubs sucking on their paws or each others ears for comfort when they don't have their mother anymore💔😔🐻🐻

Awwww! Poor scared cub babies! I've been wondering about those pesky crows and faux crow since you haven't written about them yet this year!

Crows are big birds!! And very intelligent. I am also very sure that they remember Coy. We may have to get him protection! Looks like the Cubs are being good little bears. Gotta love them. As always thank you for taking care of our beautiful bears.

I am with Rollo and Otto on the crows! They are loud and obnoxious in our neighborhood, too! Sometimes the number of them is intimidating! Hope they get big enough to run those crows away! ❤️🐻

Tell Curator Coy that it is my understanding crows remember enemies forever and also friends. Maybe if they see him putting out the food he could change lists.

Otto and Rollo are so cute sucking on their paws! They are so precious! I don't blame Dani and Summitt for not coming out in this hot weather! Thank you for sharing!

Crows are so intelligent , but one drop one of it feathers so I left in the grass up right the don't come around anymore for now! Good luck grow are different😉

can't say i blame them one bit! those birds are big and kinda mean. smart little fellas. lol, poor Curator Coy

Poor little motherless bears. I don't care for the crows myself unless they are at a distance. Up close and personal grates on my nerves.

I just love your updates and pictures each day! 🐻❤️

I had no idea baby bears sucked on their paws like that. Oh so sweet!

Faux Crow...... Laughed so loud it startled my husband. Then we both laughed.

Hats off to "Faux Crow" !! an thank you for helping our little bears 💛

And awesome world we live in with all of God's good creations.

Yep, Faux Crow should change location from time to time. The real ones figure that out.

Poor cubbies those big bad birds scaring them, go away crows, leave my cubbies alone.

LOL. Probably won't be too long before they are no longer afraid.

Making my day again cubbies!!! Crows are extremely intelligent get another faux crow that should fool them awhile! Xuk

Crows are way smart. Awesome and underrated birds. Of course so are bears 😉

Oops, fly high and above, but never stop to eat the deer or wild turkey for. Really appreciate Curator Coy's tip.

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1 week ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Well, well, well. Dani and Summitt on the same branch, in the same tree, at the same time. Wonders will never cease! It’s not often the yearlings appear together, so Curator Janet was quick to take photos to mark the occasion. Both yearlings look healthy, and Summitt couldn’t be more relaxed.

On the other hand, Otto and Rollo were a little anxious. The cubs came down to eat, but wouldn’t venture far from their tree. They even took food back to it and used the trunk as a “Cubby Bar”, balancing their food against it so they could eat standing up. Black bears are versatile in what and how they eat, and we've seen past residents eat in a similar fashion. The cubs dined (sometimes vertically) on peanuts, almonds, blackberries, plums, grapes, and pears, then climbed back up their tree. They'll be down again to forage before dark.

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Well, well, well. Dani and Summitt on the same branch, in the same tree, at the same time. Wonders will never cease! It’s not often the yearlings appear together, so Curator Janet was quick to take photos to mark the occasion. Both yearlings look healthy, and Summitt couldn’t be more relaxed. 

On the other hand, Otto and Rollo were a little anxious. The cubs came down to eat, but wouldn’t venture far from their tree. They even took food back to it and used the trunk as a “Cubby Bar”, balancing their food against it so they could eat standing up. Black bears are versatile in what and how they eat, and weve seen past residents eat in a similar fashion. The cubs dined (sometimes vertically)  on peanuts, almonds, blackberries, plums, grapes, and pears, then climbed back up their tree. Theyll be down again to forage before dark.

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When my third child was born and it was a boy, my 2 girls called him " man cub" from the Jungle Book. Then as he got bigger , he was called Cubbie and finally Cub. He's 25 now and we still call him Cub.....only when he was in trouble he wad called by his real name, Scott.Everybody knows him ss Cub.I think about him when you post about the cubbies, Otto and Rollo. They are becoming beautiful cubs.I love to see their little butts coming down from the tree.Glad Summit and Dani are "out on a limb" together.How Summit doesn't just roll off in his sleep I will never know!

Question, since their not siblings but seem inseparable and have been through so much and only have eachother will there come a time when they are older that they'll part ways? They are just so darn cute, like twin cubs, I just wondered if cubs ever grow up and stick together 😍 thanks for all you do for these little guys and all the bears that come through ABR

Wonderful photos Janet! 👏👏 I can't believe you were lucky enough to catch Dani and Summitt sharing the same tree limb 👍 Wonder what is still spooking Rollo & Otto today. 🤔

I am wondering why you can't have fruit and nut trees in with the bears. I know you would have to keep them away from them till they are mature but don't you think it will help them to understand the concept of trees for fruit instead of garbage cans etc. Would like to hear the comments on this.

Do you have Hawkins Bear framed paw prints at the visitors center? I can't remember which ones you wrote about having.

ABR: Did the bears eat the honeycombs they had the option to eat yesterday?

It makes me sooo happy looking at these guys -nature sure is beautiful...black bears roamed the woods at my family farm in Eastern Ky when I was young ...we all lived in harmony together just have to learn to respect their domain

Very nice! Looks like Dani and Summit have made peace in some sort of bear fashion. Otto and Rollo are growing. All of those grocerys are packing on the pounds! If we ate like that....... never mind. 😳 As always thank you for taking such good care of our beautiful bears.

Well, well, well what's up with Dani and Summitt? I think he has a sweetie! Sharing the same everything together! Happy to see them out together enjoying their tree! Otto and Rollo are getting so big, almost can't tell them apart! All of the bears are looking good! Thank you for sharing and taking such good care of them! Soon they will be free to roam the wild again!

So pleased that they are all doing well!! I remember Finnegan how used to eat! I love to watch them eat, thank Curator Janet for the pictures! Thank you ABR🙏🏻😊🐻

How do they stand this heat in those Bear Coats. I guess they visit the pool or find a cool spot in the undergrowth. Thank you for featuring all our bear friends. I have look and found acorns on my white oaks. Hope we are going to have a good crop this year. Haven't checked the other oaks yet.

Thank you ABR. We all needed these photos today. "Our Bears " are doing extraordinarily well in their growth to return to the Wild. ❤️💋🐾🐾

I'm so glad Otto and Rollo have each other while they are little cubs at ABR.

Sitting in a tree, watching the world. What could be better on a hot summer day.

Thank you for your faithful updates that accompany your faithful care for these cubs.

Wonderful to see Dani and Summitt together! Rollo and Otto look good! <3

They all look happy and healthy. Thank you ABR for the great job you all do taking care of the Cubbies and Yearlings

This is the best part of my day......every day when I get to see the post ABR shares....Beautiful bears...❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

Happy to read that all is well with the residents at ABR. 🙂

All beared up!!! Thank you for the photos of all of the bears. So good to see them co-- existing. X uk

Great photos Janet! Looks like all is well in the bear habitat.

Great photos, thnx for sharing, <3 to Otto, Rollo, Dani, and, Summit!

I just love these little guys! Thanks for taking such good care of them

A great collection of photos today. Thanks so much.

Lovely pics and stories, bears happy, safe and healthy together. Thanks ABR.

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1 week ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

It’s still hot and humid (90F,30C) with rain forecast for the weekend. The wind picked up, making our naturally nervous residents more cautious. The sound of rustling branches and leaves might be masking a real threat, so they treat every noise with suspicion. Better safe than sorry.

Today’s menu featured blackberries, cherries, grapes, pears, plums, Mazouri bear diet pellets, almonds and a special treat: honeycomb. Friends of the curator raise bees and after processing their hives, donated the honeycomb to ABR. Black bears will suffer the stings of a thousand outraged bees to get into a hive, not so much for the honey as for the fat-rich larvae and eggs housed within. Our residents are lucky they won’t have to endure sore, swollen schnozzes to enjoy their treat.

Curator Janet waited for cubs Otto and Rollo to come down from their tree, but they weren’t interested. They will when it suits them, probably later in the afternoon.

Janet’s next food delivery was to Dani and Summitt’s enclosure. She distributed the food and waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, Dani Bear emerged from the undergrowth and foraged for a few minutes, always on alert. Suddenly, her ears went up and so did the guard hairs on her back. She turned abruptly and left the area. From the other side of the enclosure, Curator Janet saw a pair of ears emerge, followed by most of a bear. It was Summitt, finally on the ground and foraging. He was just as nervous as Dani, not venturing out of the tall grass. At one point, something spooked him, and he huffed, running for a tree. He returned to forage for a few more minutes before disappearing into the undergrowth. Caution is a good defence mechanism in the wild; for a bear, running away isn’t cowardly, it’s smart.

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It’s still hot and humid (90F,30C) with rain forecast for the weekend. The wind picked up, making our naturally nervous residents more cautious. The sound of rustling branches and leaves might be masking a real threat, so they treat every noise with suspicion. Better safe than sorry. 

Today’s menu featured blackberries, cherries, grapes, pears, plums, Mazouri bear diet pellets, almonds and a special treat: honeycomb. Friends of the curator raise bees and after processing their hives, donated the honeycomb to ABR. Black bears will suffer the stings of a thousand outraged bees to get into a hive, not so much for the honey as for the fat-rich larvae and eggs housed within. Our residents are lucky they won’t have to endure sore, swollen schnozzes to enjoy their treat.

Curator Janet waited for cubs Otto and Rollo to come down from their tree, but they weren’t interested. They will when it suits them, probably later in the afternoon. 

Janet’s next food delivery was to Dani and Summitt’s enclosure. She distributed the food and waited. And waited. And waited. Finally, Dani Bear emerged from the undergrowth and foraged for a few minutes, always on alert. Suddenly, her ears went up and so did the guard hairs on her back. She turned abruptly and left the area. From the other side of the enclosure, Curator Janet saw a pair of ears emerge, followed by most of a bear. It was Summitt, finally on the ground and foraging. He was just as nervous as Dani, not venturing out of the tall grass. At one point, something spooked him, and he huffed, running for a tree. He returned to forage for a few more minutes before disappearing into the undergrowth. Caution is a good defence mechanism in the wild; for a bear, running away isn’t cowardly, it’s smart. 

Please help us return orphaned and injured black bears cub back to the wild where they belong.

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I know this sound strange...I know animal have a sense that we are still learning about. When Hawkins did not return. Did the bears notice or react in any way. I know he was separate from them the whole time he was there, but they could smell him. I have been around animals all my life and sometimes they mourn or miss a companion. Yes I am still mourning Hawkins. He was a beautiful brave bear. Anyway Thank you for all the information and pictures. I have learned a lot about bears thanks to you.

God bless ABR's wonderful curators and friends who bring yummy gifts! Wonder what spooked Dani and Summitt today. Speaking of spooking, how are those pesky crows this year??? You haven't reported about them, so I assume the fake crow is doing its job 😉🙃

Thank you for the update ABR... I'm so happy their natural instincts are intact. With the cubbies, it seems like they KNOW you're there. "We see you seeing us" <3

It's sad that bears have to be so nervous all the time.

Guess there's no clue what the invader that caused the huffing and running could be?

Have they shed their winter coat?

Thank you for your expertise​ and diligence in your care for these beautiful animals and for your eloquently written updates. It's a highlight of my day to look forward to see what you all are up to next! <3

That's interesting, I had always believed bears loved honey for the sweetness. I never thought about the fat larvae and eggs.

They look cuter and stronger by the day and those fluffy Bear bums look like an early Christmas decoration from far away 🎄🐻🎄🐻 I am with the Bears, when it's windy I get really nervous too😱😳🌪🌬🌲🐻🌲🐻🌲🐻🌲🐻🌲

Dani is absolutely gorgeous...Otto and Rollo cute as ever, Summitt..oh well what can be said.... and as usual, a nice write up, although a bit subdued, I thought...Thank you all.......

It's always good to know that all is well with the little ones at ABR, even if they are all a bit skittish. Thanks to the wonderful person who donated the honey-comb, a delicious treat awaiting them when things calm down. 🙂

In my next life I'm coming back as a bear curator, nothing would make me happier than seeing bears every day. 🐻🐻🐻🐻

Whoever writes the updates is great. They are enjoyable and to the point. Thanks!! 🐻

Thank you for updating. I just love seeing these cubbies. Enjoy seeing this from Armstrong County PA

Good cubbies being cautious, I'm sure when they came out they enjoyed their hives.

Something blowing in the wind. I know my horses were always a bit skittish on windy days.

These little bears are so smart and acting appropriately for when they are released. So lucky.

The bears are looking great. Amusing how Otto and Rollo stay so close.

Coolest temperature ever for Connecticut.... it's 65 ! Bears would love this.

Four very special bears. They are loved and have excellent care.

Thanks to generous friends and as always, to staff at ABR for their generous hearts and clever words!

They are so beautiful!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ I'm still missing Hawkins 💔

It most likely just to plain hot and humid to eat. They most likely will come to forage at dusk.

I just love all the trees and undergrowth that your bears can enjoy and be bears, so much better than zoos.

Your daily report brighten my nights. I have great respect for what all of ABR does for our Bears. Thank you!

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