3 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Appalachian Bear Rescue is as committed to human cubs as we are to bear cubs. Though they are of a different species, they share at least one thing in common: both are curious. Our K-to-8 Education Committee aims to satisfy the curiosity of furless people babies by making sure furry bear babies are understood for who they are.

In October, the team visited the kindergarten class of Mary Blount Elementary School and presented a slideshow of ABR’s yearlings and cubs of 2017. The children got to touch real bear fur, a skull, front and back paw casts, and the ever-popular preserved scat. They got to compare people food to bear food, noting the similarities and differences. The session ended with ABR’s interactive "Be Bear Smart, Be Bear Safe" song. The children of Mary Blount Elementary honored our bears by collecting acorns that were deeply appreciated by The Cheery-O’s.

Our Education Team also paid a visit to the children of Sam Houston Elementary School who had collected donations on behalf of the cubs. Following our presentation, they presented us with a total of $489.00! It was immediately translated into food, a language bear cubs and human cubs speak fluently. Otto, Rollo and Apollo munched their thanks.

We’re grateful to our Education Team for their commitment to educating the young to better understand the other beings who call our area home.

Please browse our store and make sure to place your orders by Sunday, December 17. Though we can’t guarantee delivery for Christmas, it’s the last chance for your purchases to be delivered by then. Click on the link to browse. Thank you!

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Appalachian Bear Rescue is as committed to human cubs as we are to bear cubs. Though they are of a different species, they share at least one thing in common: both are curious. Our K-to-8 Education Committee aims to satisfy the curiosity of furless people babies by making sure furry bear babies are understood for who they are. 

In October, the team visited the kindergarten class of  Mary Blount Elementary School and presented a slideshow of ABR’s yearlings and cubs of 2017. The children got to touch real bear fur, a skull, front and back paw casts, and the ever-popular preserved scat. They got to compare people food to bear food, noting the similarities and differences. The session ended with ABR’s interactive Be Bear Smart, Be Bear Safe song. The children of Mary Blount Elementary honored our bears by collecting acorns that were deeply appreciated by The Cheery-O’s. 

Our Education Team also paid a visit to the children of  Sam Houston Elementary School who had collected donations on behalf of the cubs. Following our presentation, they presented us with a total of $489.00! It was immediately translated into food, a language bear cubs and human cubs speak fluently. Otto, Rollo and Apollo munched their thanks.

We’re grateful to our Education Team for their commitment to educating the young to better understand the other beings who call our area home. 

Please browse our store and make sure to place your orders by Sunday, December 17. Though we can’t guarantee delivery for Christmas, it’s the last chance for your purchases to be delivered by then. Click on the link to browse. Thank you! 

https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/t/19338/shop/shop.jsp?storefront_KEY=334

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This is an excellent idea, it’s never too early to educate us about our precious black bears and bear safety. I wish I lived close to ABR so I could volunteer and benefit from your education classes.♥️🐻🐻🐻♥️

Thank you ABR Education Committee! And thank you students of Mary Blount Elementary for collecting the acorns!!

So jealous 🙂 I'd even join in the see/touch/learn fun, If I could!

What a wonderful way to educate ! I would have loved to have been there myself !!❤️

Excellent way to teach children about black bears! Thank you ABR Education Committed! 😊

Excellent program!

Wonderful! ❤️

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24 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

The lack of cubby residents doesn’t translate into a lack of work. The ABR facility requires steady maintenance and improvements to keep it in tip-top condition. We usually restrict chores at the facility to the time when we have a “Bear Vacancy” sign in the window, but since we can get a call at any moment, we have to be quick.

Our Red Roof Recovery Center has pens with adjustable ceilings we can lower to prevent injured bears from climbing. Apollo Bear certainly benefited from his stay at the Center, but the curators needed to install a roof over the Outdoor Pen attached to it. The Outdoor Pen has an adjustable ceiling too, but now with a fixed roof over it, future residents will be protected from rain.

We have four Perimeter Pens, legacy equipment we’ve had for years. We refurbished them last season and moved them onto cement pads. You may recall we used one of the pens in our impromptu “Cub Garage” during the famine of 2015-2016. We were hard-pressed for space to house injured bears (like Cedar) and The Red Roof Recovery Centre wasn’t ready yet. We’ve left that pen in the garage, just in case we need it. The other Perimeter Pens are near the exterior fencing of the ABR facility and must be shielded to protect the bears from human contact. With the roof on the Outdoor Pen and the shielding panels installed, we can check two items on our “to-do” list.

We took this opportunity to give our arrows some exercise. It’s in their nature to point, and with no bears in residence to point at, they were becoming restless.

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The lack of cubby residents doesn’t translate into a lack of work. The ABR facility requires steady maintenance and improvements to keep it in tip-top condition. We usually restrict chores at the facility to the time when we have a “Bear Vacancy” sign in the window, but since we can get a call at any moment, we have to be quick. 

Our Red Roof Recovery Center has pens with adjustable ceilings we can lower to prevent injured bears from climbing. Apollo Bear certainly benefited from his stay at the Center, but the curators needed to install a roof over the Outdoor Pen attached to it. The Outdoor Pen has an adjustable ceiling too, but now with a fixed roof over it, future residents will be protected from rain.

We have four Perimeter Pens, legacy equipment we’ve had for years. We refurbished them last season and moved them onto cement pads. You may recall we used one of the pens in our impromptu “Cub Garage”  during the famine of 2015-2016. We were hard-pressed for space to house injured bears (like Cedar)  and The Red Roof Recovery Centre wasn’t ready yet. We’ve left that pen in the garage, just in case we need it. The other Perimeter Pens are near the exterior fencing of the ABR facility and must be shielded to protect the bears from human contact. With the roof on the Outdoor Pen and the shielding panels installed, we can check two items on our “to-do” list. 

We took this opportunity to give our arrows some exercise. It’s in their nature to point, and with no bears in residence to point at, they were becoming restless. 

Please click on the link to browse unique gift items from ABR. Thank you for your support.
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Thank heavens the arrows got some exercise before they rose up in revolt! A question... I've worked with metal sheeting and wonder if you are at all concerned that it will flutter and make a wobbling sound, or otherwise "sing" in the wind, frightening the cubs? If it does, I'm sure the cubs will get used to it, but at first it might be quite scary. It looks like you all did a great job with the first items on the to do list! Thank you for everything you do to help and protect the little bears!

Thanks for the detailed photos showing what the Curators have been doing. The arrows certainly got plenty of exercise. lol Do any colours complain if other colours are used more often? Just wondering. 😉

I love the arrows. Sure got a good giggle!!! Thank you for all the hard work you do. A true labor of love!!!♡♡♡♡

Great improvements. It seems you guys learn something from each bear and turn it into an improvement. Bears are great teachers🐻🐻

Thank you for the hard work that you do for our little furry babies so they can get a second chance back into the wild.

Thank you for my morning smile as well as the update on the facilities. It sounds like you have things well in hand..

Loved the arrows !! Thank you for the tour of these areas in the photos ❤️

Looks wonderful, thank you for all you do🐻🐻🐻

Thank you for helping those little bears cup.

Thank you for the update on the refurbishment - enjoy your 'relatively' peaceful time

So much work has been done to keep those precious souls safe. Awesome!! Thanks.

Thanks for everyone's hard work to prepare for the future care of rescued babies.

You all never cease to amaze ..... ! Thank You 🖤

Love the up date

Yay for the arrows and the Caboose Curvature Arrows! lol ABR, ya'll are an amazing organization for "our" cubs. And yes, we claim all of them! <3

Have you checked on our little Cheery-O's lately? I don't know if you track them a few days after Freedom Day. Just wondering. Thank you <3

I am in sensory overload😂😂😂. Y’all and your arrows!!! So glad you take care of them as well as you do the bears! Did the curators have to sign release forms for the caboose curvature arrows or are they offered a caboose double? 😂😂😂. Whew! Needed a good laugh and thankful I was already finished with my coffee before I saw this. Jen

Thanks for pointing out the cabooses....lol Keep up the hard work, and thanks for what you all do for the bears.

Glad ur still improving the centre missing the 3 amigos madly pray u all have a Blessed and happy Christmas and a fruitful new year ❤️🎉🎉🎉🎅🏼🎁🎁🎁

I raise my Chocolate Peppermint milkshake in a toast to those who climb, fix, hammer, and sweat...and a big sip for the hardworking arrows 😺👏🏻🌟👍🏻🔨🔧↩️

Good to see you got the arrows out for some exercise! Maybe they can help get some of the work done!

I miss the Cheery-Os, I thought of them when it was snowing yesterday and prayed that they are safe and warm.

Wonder if the arrows miss pointing out bear nubbins? Somehow, people nubbins just aren't the same. 😄

We all know that ‘idle arrows are the devil’s workshop,’ so thanks for keeping those buggars busy😬

Laughing at the arrows!

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1 day ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Happy Holidays from all of us at Appalachian Bear Rescue. Please help us "Light Their Way Home" by shopping in our online store. Every time you give a Cubbie gift, you give an orphaned or injured cub a second chance at life in the wild.

Today we are featuring our "Give the Gift of Otto" Package.
Otto came to ABR on April 11, 2017, weighing 3.9 lbs. Even though the cub was only 2.5 months old, he started latching from a bowl and never had to be bottle-fed. Otto Bear was released on December 4, 2017, weighing 104 lbs. If Otto Bear has a special place in your heart, this will be the perfect gift to remember him.

To visit our store, please click the link below:
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Happy Holidays from all of us at Appalachian Bear Rescue.  Please help us Light Their Way Home by shopping in our online store.  Every time you give a Cubbie gift, you give an orphaned or injured cub a second chance at life in the wild.  

Today we are featuring our Give the Gift of Otto Package. 
Otto came to ABR on April 11, 2017, weighing 3.9 lbs. Even though the cub was only 2.5 months old, he started latching from a bowl and never had to be bottle-fed. Otto Bear was released on December 4, 2017, weighing 104 lbs. If Otto Bear has a special place in your heart, this will be the perfect gift to remember him.

To visit our store, please click the link below:
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Thank you for your support!

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Love it you should be getting checks from amazon I have used ABR for my donation charity. 😀

DONE! Love giving the adopt a bear as a gift! So fun!! Glad to support ABR.

Donation in to help, from Minnesota.

It’s hard to pick just one special cub, but Otto came to you on my birthday. These pictures are so precious. It’s hard to believe how much they grew in only 7 or 8 months! ❤️

I just want to thank each and every person who makes this possible, from the one who finds a cub, medical staff, ABR staff and volunteers, those who donate money and food and other agencies' personnel. Thank you!

Happy Holidays to all at ABR! Thank you for all you do for Black Bears! 🎄

Well this my special cub. Thank you for this special, my gift for me, love it. 🙂 🙂

I really miss the boys. I hope they are doing well on their own. ❤️

I hope the three little guys are doing well. I wish they would call and check in.... lol.

Great pictures from the past. Little Otto is adorable.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas to all at ABR

It's great looking back at little Otto ,he done so well putting on the weight and eventually being with his two playmates,i so hope that he has found his way in his new life. Still thinking of our cubbies and hoping all is well for them...

Otto Bear is my baby! I love him and miss him already. 🙂

My sweet husband has a gift coming....I’m just not sure what it is....but excited! ❤️❤️❤️

Really miss the Cherry 0's. Hope they are doing well🐻🐻🐻

My baby bear is all grown up and gone home to the wild. I'll never forget his smell and holding Otto. He got left behind by momma bear. He was trilling when being held. 😍 An experience of a lifetime holding Otto.

I miss all if them! I pray they are happy!! ❤❤❤

OMG I miss them!!!

Those baby pictures! So adorable!! 😍

Miss the cheerio-s

Do you have something like this for Rollo? My granddaughter loves Rollo ❤️ must be quit around there with all the bears gone:) 🐻

How many years has ABR been selling ornaments?

I am not ready for baby pictures. Tell us where they are now.

Are the tracking collars letting you know if Otto or Rollo have gone night night?

Merry Christmas

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Happy Holidays from all of us at Appalachian Bear Rescue. Please help us "Light Their Way Home" by shopping in our online store. Every time you give a Cubbie gift, you give an orphaned or injured cub a second chance at life in the wild.

Today, we are featuring our Cubbie Christmas Package. Purchase one pack of Christmas cards, an ABR 2018 calendar full of your favorite cub photos and memories, and an ABR holiday wreath ornament and you will receive a beautiful Highland Holiday Applique Guest Towel for free. Supplies limited!

Click here to purchase the Cubbie Christmas Package!
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Happy Holidays from all of us at Appalachian Bear Rescue.  Please help us Light Their Way Home by shopping in our online store.  Every time you give a Cubbie gift, you give an orphaned or injured cub a second chance at life in the wild.  

Today, we are featuring our Cubbie Christmas Package. Purchase one pack of Christmas cards, an ABR 2018 calendar full of your favorite cub photos and memories, and an ABR holiday wreath ornament and you will receive a beautiful Highland Holiday Applique Guest Towel for free. Supplies limited!

Click here to purchase the Cubbie Christmas Package!
https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/t/19338/shop/item.jsp?storefront_KEY=334&t=&store_item_KEY=2089

Thank you for your continuous support!

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I’ve already sent donation and got my ornament. Can I buy a calendar?

Can I buy just the ornament??

Merry Christmas to all of the staff and to all the cubbies that got second chance to live in the wild thanks to your loving dedication.

Love my Xmas cards, calendar and ornaments. I wish you could get more of the little wood bear ornaments one of your local artists made. I bought 2 and they are just precious.❤️

I got 2 ornaments and the holiday note cards and the calendars, love them, happy holidays to all of you at ABR, BEARLESS but work never ends, bless you all.

I already purchased a couple packages a few days ago. I'm just waiting for all of them to come. I'm excited to get everything.

To the ABR staff: Thank you again for all that you do. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you and your families.

Love my cubby Christmas cards and calendar!! Thank you

A beautiful ornament and calendar too. I love the note cards!!

Cubbie Christmas package ordered! Thanks for everything, ABR!

Have them all and they are very nice!!!

Just purchased my 2017 dated ornament. Thank you!

I just love your new cover photo! It is just gorgeous. 💖

Got my Christmas gifts!! Woot Woot!!

Stopped by the Visitor's Center today, had a great and informative conversation with Pam and bought a few things...Merry Christmas to everyone at ABR and thanks for the good work with the cubbies!

ABR, I just went online and placed an order. Wanted to order the keyrings, but the online store said they were sold out. Will you get more in?🤔

To all of you at ABR and your families Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and thank you.

What is the time frame on shipping? I live on PA. You all have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.

Randi Owens Crye 😀

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Appalachian Bear Rescue’s Graduating Class of 2017

Rollo Bear: Arrived May 16, 2017: 5.5 pounds.
Released December 4, 2017: 114 pounds

Apollo Bear: Arrived August 18, 2017: 22 pounds.
Released December 4, 2017: 103 pounds.

Otto Bear: Arrived April 11, 2017: 4.02 pounds.
Released December 4, 2017: 104 pounds

Summitt Bear: Arrived March 27, 2017: 23 pounds
Released August 6, 2017: 88.5 pounds

Dani Bear: Arrived June 1, 2017: 63 pounds
Released August 3, 2017: 80 pounds

Please donate to our “Light Their Way Home” campaign. Click on the link below and choose “Light Their Way Home” in the DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE” section. Thank you. ❤️
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Appalachian Bear Rescue’s Graduating Class of 2017

Rollo Bear: Arrived May 16, 2017: 5.5 pounds. 
Released December 4, 2017: 114 pounds

Apollo Bear: Arrived August 18, 2017: 22 pounds. 
Released December 4, 2017: 103 pounds.

Otto Bear: Arrived April 11, 2017: 4.02 pounds. 
Released December 4, 2017: 104 pounds

Summitt Bear: Arrived March 27, 2017: 23 pounds
Released August 6, 2017: 88.5 pounds

Dani Bear: Arrived June 1, 2017: 63 pounds
Released August 3, 2017: 80 pounds

Please donate to our “Light Their Way Home” campaign. Click on the link below and choose “Light Their Way Home” in the DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE” section. Thank you.  ❤️
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I have so enjoyed keeping up with this this summer, may I ask why all the cubbies don't have collars? Of course for y'all to know where they are not the public but just to know they're ok? Thank you all for all you do. Loved those chubby Cheerios! Im sure their beautiful healthy winter coats felt good with the snow❄⛄🐻🐻🐻

How does the weight of the the cubs compare to what an average cub in the wild in an average mast year.

Have you been keeping track of those little bears /

if that is not an actual set of ornaments (sorry just woke up lol) this would be a great new item to start selling every yr. these little bears touch all our hearts and to have a "bear" tree would be very nice! thank you for your hard work and love ABR

Thank you, ABR for your hard work and dedication to these magnificent animals. I pray that these sweet bears will thrive in their new found freedom and that your wonderful organization thrives, as well. You will always be needed to help these little ones.

Are there any x-mas tree ornaments like the ones in your cover photo! What would be nice is a t-shirt with Apollo Bear, Rollo Bear, Otto Bear, with the saying: "Our 3 Cheery-O's Went Home", and of course with their Photos above the saying, I for one would definitely buy it!! 😀🐻🐻🐻❤💛💙💖💚

Woah! The cubs were released weighing more than the yearlings! You clearly earned your PhDs in cubby chubbifying

You all can be extremely proud of your accomplishments with these dear precious souls. Thank you and best wishes for a Very Happy Christmas!!!!

Somehow I always think of Summit and Dani as being big bears! I guess because they had already been there a while when I began following their exploits!

I love bears now! Didn't know much about them til ABR. They taugh me alot. It's a wonderful organization. Thanks

My prayer is that they are all snuggled in and waiting for spring.

Awesome & Beautiful !!! Congratulations big little Bears and Thank you ABR ✨🎓💙🐻🐻🐻💗🐻🐻🎓👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻✨💫🌟🎄🎅🏼☃️❄️🛌💤🌠

Keep up good work. We love these little bears.

Thank You for Your Service ABR!!!

All these cubs were so special, God bless you all ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🙏🙏

Miss them but hope they are settled in their dens for the winter! 🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️

Oh how I miss our cubbies. But I'm sure they are snuggled up in a den, hopefully resting up.

Beautiful. Bless you all for all your care and compassion.

I'd love to have a print of this mash-up of them. Any chance of that?

Need to make Christmas ornaments! Sponsored Summitt bear.

I miss Rollo Otto and Apollo

They are so cute!!!

Wish. You sold oraments like that

My bear heart Apollo! 🐻❤️

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3 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Even though all of our bears are gone, there is still plenty of work to do at ABR.
The bear cage remains in the truck and is ready for cub transportation at any time.
There are a few projects that are a priority during this time without cubs. One of the projects is installing a cover over the roof of the Red Roof Recovery building. The cover will be installed over the roof fencing and will protect future cubs from heat and rain.
Curators have already removed all floor mats from the Cub House and Red Roof Recovery building. All of them have been washed and disinfected and are ready for new cubs.
Tools are ready to go to do off-season maintenance work. Staff and volunteers will participate in the "fire wise" program and will be removing all leaves from the ground at the facility.
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Even though all of our bears are gone, there is still plenty of work to do at ABR. 
The bear cage remains in the truck and is ready for cub transportation at any time. 
There are a few projects that are a priority during this time without cubs. One of the projects is installing a cover over the roof of the Red Roof Recovery building. The cover will be installed over the roof fencing and will protect future cubs from heat and rain. 
Curators have already removed all floor mats from the Cub House and Red Roof Recovery building. All of them have been washed and disinfected and are ready for new cubs. 
Tools are ready to go to do off-season maintenance work. Staff and volunteers will participate in the fire wise program and will be removing all leaves from the ground at the facility.

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When I see these projects I wish I could be there. Former contractor and around construction all my life and still good with a hammer and skil saw....even a broom.....

When there are no Cubs in residence and you are doing maintenance, do you allow volunteers on the premises? Just curious, I'm too old and too far away to help!

"Watching" you work from afar, it surprises me how quickly time goes by and you have new cubs arrive. What is the earliest in the season that you remember receiving a new "client".

I miss the cubs, but I am so glad they are living as free bears. I told my husband about the donation of the cameras so we can watch the bears at all times. Then I said, "Wait! I hope they never have to be used because no cubs are in danger and need help." I am thankful y'all are there when needed by the bears. You certainly did an stellar job with Otto, Rollo, and Apollo.

I sure miss the three cubs but so happy they are where they should be. Cannot thank ABR enough for the work they do. I know all the maintenance is a labor of love and hopefully it will be some time before cubs need to use it again!! When and if they do, it will be ready!!!♡♡♡♡♡

Bless your hearts for taking such good care of all the cubs u have gotten and sending them all hm where thy belong! <3 TY ABR And all your staff on a job well done~ <3 🙂

thanks to all of you for taking care of the cubbies and all the things that need doing to be ready for them! big hugs everyone for generous hearts

Well hopefully, you'll have plenty of time for cleaning, maintenance and improvements before you bring a cub in. Wish I was there to help.

Never a dull moment. Thank you all for all you do whether or not you have Cubs. The constant work is what helps the Cubs stay safe and healthy. Merry Christmas to all of you!!!!

Thank you for all the work you do for the cubs even when they aren't in residence. I do miss those three chubby cubs though!!

A Curator's work is never done! Thanks for the photos and showing us all the maintenance work that you have to do.

Thanks for the update Tom! Looking forward to hearing about the progress and new projects and needs that arise.

My gosh, so much to do. Hope you don’t need the bear cage in the truck for a very long time.

Seems like there's a lot of "prep" work to be done for future little ones.

Thank you for all your hard work. I wish I lived closer.

I miss the kids❤️❤️❤️ I pray they are safe and sound. God protect them.

Enjoy watching you work for the bears. 😊

I have a feeling there will be some new residents soon.

Everything is looking great, hopefully you won't have to use them

Your hard work is appreciated!

Thank you for all you have done and are still doing to help the cubs in need.🐻🐻🐻💛💛💛

Thanks for all that work.

Your work is amazing!

Lots of work to do.

Work safely!

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4 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

It is Christmas time and we have something for everyone on your list. In honor of Dani, Summitt and our three Cheery O's, we are offering these special "Five Golden Cubby Christmas" deals. Celebrate Christmas with us and spread cubby cheer!
These specials are for a limited time only, while supplies last!
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It is Christmas time and we have something for everyone on your list. In honor of Dani, Summitt and our three Cheery Os, we are offering these special Five Golden Cubby Christmas deals. Celebrate Christmas with us and spread cubby cheer! 
These specials are for a limited time only, while supplies last!

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I've found my sons Christmas present! My son is 14 and has Autism and is obsessed with black bears! And that's all he asked for Christmas was black bear stuff. Can't wait to order this Friday!!!!

These are really great deals everyone! I got my membership and adopted the Cheery-Os and I’m telling you, these make excellent Christmas presents! I highly recommend them! Plus....they help da bears 🐻!!!!!💜

To bad my daughters don’t get the hint

I miss the boys!

5 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Appalachian Bear Rescue is honored and grateful to receive a very generous grant from Lush Cosmetics #charitypot. The $20,000 grant is specifically designated for the installation of a much-needed closed circuit television system. It will allow our curators to remotely monitor future resident bears at every stage of their stay, from Cub Nursery to Wild Enclosure.

At present, the curators’ observation time is confined to the bears’ feeding schedule. What cubs do before and after is a mystery. We know the presence of the curators, even behind shielding, affects our residents' behavior and we’d like to observe how the bears conduct themselves when food and the curators’ scent are not involved.

We know that captivity, even the relatively short-term and benign confinement at ABR, temporarily changes the way bears behave. Because we don’t see our bears often, the evolution of cub relationships in a Wild Enclosure is unknown to us. Cubs who are loners suddenly become friendly overnight, and cubs who are thick as thieves decide they’d rather be alone. Why? Do cubs spend all night in trees? Do our residents swim in the Cubby Pool when we’re not watching? How do cubs cope with the introduction of a new bear to their group? When cubs are first released into a Wild Enclosure, it’s imperative we know if and when they eat, and if and when they climb. The camera equipment will introduce a new and noninvasive way to care and study our future bear residents. We hope the cameras allow us to provide you with more video and photos of our future residents, but they WON’T allow on-line live viewing. We’re prohibited from exhibiting our bears and a live webcam broadcast comes too close to the line.

Our photos today illustrate the need for cameras. Otto, Rollo and Apollo led much of their lives at ABR away from direct observation; now that they’re gone, we’re discovering what they were up to. Bears are excellent wood-chippers and our Cheery-O’s sure went to town on this stump. Maybe all three had a paw in its destruction or it might have been the work of a single cub. Were they after tasty bugs or was it just fun? We hope the cameras will answer questions like that. We’re in the initial stages of obtaining the equipment and arranging for installation. We’ll keep you informed of our progress. Our thanks to Lush Cosmetics #charitypot for helping us help bears!

Christmas is approaching! Please click on the link to browse unique gift items from ABR.
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Appalachian Bear Rescue is honored and grateful to receive a very generous grant from Lush Cosmetics #charitypot. The $20,000 grant is specifically designated for the installation of a much-needed closed circuit television system. It will allow our curators to remotely monitor future resident bears at every stage of their stay, from Cub Nursery to Wild Enclosure. 

At present, the curators’ observation time is confined to the bears’ feeding schedule. What cubs do before and after is a mystery. We know the presence of the curators, even behind shielding, affects our residents behavior and we’d like to observe how the bears conduct themselves when food and the curators’ scent are not involved. 

We know that captivity, even the relatively short-term and benign confinement at ABR, temporarily changes the way bears behave. Because we don’t see our bears often, the evolution of cub relationships in a Wild Enclosure is unknown to us. Cubs who are loners suddenly become friendly overnight, and cubs who are thick as thieves decide they’d rather be alone. Why? Do cubs spend all night in trees? Do our residents swim in the Cubby Pool when we’re not watching? How do cubs cope with the introduction of a new bear to their group?  When cubs are first released into a Wild Enclosure, it’s imperative we know if and when they eat, and if and when they climb. The camera equipment will introduce a new and noninvasive way to care and study our future bear residents. We hope the cameras allow us to provide you with more video and photos of our future residents, but they WON’T allow on-line live viewing. We’re prohibited from exhibiting our bears and a live webcam broadcast comes too close to the line. 

Our photos today illustrate the need for cameras. Otto, Rollo and Apollo led much of their lives at ABR away from direct observation; now that they’re gone, we’re discovering what they were up to.  Bears are excellent wood-chippers and our Cheery-O’s sure went to town on this stump. Maybe all three had a paw in its destruction or it might have been the work of a single cub. Were they after tasty bugs or was it just fun? We hope the cameras will answer questions like that. We’re in the initial stages of obtaining the equipment and arranging for installation. We’ll keep you informed of our progress. Our thanks to Lush Cosmetics #charitypot for helping us help bears! 

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I will definitely be adding Lush to my list of shops this year! I have purchased from them in the past and always like their stuff but this just puts them at the top of the list! I LOVE companies that have grant funding for animal rescues <3 <3 <3 I also just read on their site where someone's pet piggie ate their granddaughter's Christmas gift! The person posted about it and Lush sent them an entire new gift free of charge! What an awesome company! They help bears and pet piggies! 😀

I've placed my order and made a small donation to ABR. Of course I had to have the Otto package 😍 among other things I ordered. Thank you Appalachian Bear Rescue for giving us the opportunity to buy these wonderful things. And it's for a great cause 😘

Congrats on the grant from lush. I. Praying that stump wasn't Milo s. That stump is infamous just like the branch is.

Who prohibits you from providing live, realtime streaming video? Why is this prohibited? You could realize a significant income stream by providing access to live bear activity for a fee. Judging from all of the ABR fans on this page, people would be staying up half the night watching these fellas, including me. I would love to know what they do when they aren't influenced by human activity/proximity.

WOW! What a great gift! Thank you Lush Cosmetics! Please say that;s not Milo's stump though! His stump ought to be enshrined! lolol

I got a very pleasant surprise in my mailbox. The two Otto pawprint Christmas ornaments arrived in the mail. Such joy! Thank you, ABR!! ❤💕💕❤

I just trimmed my tree and it is adorned by my beautiful wooden ABR ornament from last year.

Could they have been teething initially and then, moved on to shredding with their claws/paws?

Do you think it will be up and running by the time the bears start leaving their dens in spring 2018?

Was this the stump that "the bear that wouldn't leave" spent his days on?!?

Did you collar the boys?? Miss seeing Otto, Rollo, and Apollo be safe little ones!

Was the stump solid before the three bears got to it?

This is exciting! Just think of the seminars at the Visitor Center! The bears have torn up your cameras before, though. How will these be protected? From what you said, you'll be able to save the feed. We could have had hours of video of Milo on his stump and Summitt on his branch. Oh, look! He moved! He turned over! Thrilling!

Now we'll know if they play poker and smoke out back. 😉

Merry Christmas!!

Lush are an excellent brand in the UK & Europe with a very dedicated commitment to nature and the environment, I am a big fan of their natural soaps so if any of your readers come across their products - buy with confidence & enjoy..! Thank you Lush..!

First of all thank you Lush for your generous grant. I know the cameras will be a great access to see what the cubs are doing when you cannot see them after they eat or sleep. The Cheerios sure did a job on that stump. I will be looking for the Lush products to use.

Thank you Lush Cosmetics! I have always been happy with your products and now I have a good excuse to purchase more!! We really appreciate your generosity for such a great cause. Go bears!!

Lush Cosmetics, thank you so much for your charitable grant! Curators can improve the care of guests cubs because they can actually see what they are doing without interference. I am sure the curators are overjoyed, than you!

What a blessing! 🌟😇 Lush Cosmetics North America well done! 👏🏻 For anyone not familiar with Lush products, let me recommend the Silky Underwear dusting powder. It smells so good and feels amazing...and *not* tested on animals ❤️🐻

This is great news and completely understandable regarding online viewing. I, for one, will be looking forward to the extra photos and videos! Such a wonderful and much needed piece (es) of equipment! This will surely advance your further understanding of cubs in confinement. Congratulations to such a deserving organization! Thank you Lush Cosmetics #charitypot! 💜🐻💜🐻💜🐻💜

Ya know, these are all questions we on the other side have and have had. It never occurred to me (duh) that you had these questions, too! What excitement for ABR in your quest to be the best you can be.

Thank you Lush Cosmetics. This is so exciting. I hope you get it installed and then have a long wait to use it. Merry Christmas!!

Congratulations on your grant! This will help further our education of bear behaviors, social interactions with other bears, and growth. I’m so glad, and grateful. Keep us, the ones who are seeking answers, in the loop! 😊🐻

I don't think I've missed a single daily update since April 11th. We rescued Otto April 10th. I can't thank everyone at ABR enough for everything. 😘😘

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6 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

ABR December 10, 2017 -Reminder-Our Ebay Auction Ends Tonight at 9pm (EST).

Please browse our unique offerings, featuring the original print (not a copy) of Dani Bear’s paw. This came directly from her foot to the paper and is available to the highest bidder. Please click on the link to view the auction and to place your bids. Thank you! 😊
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Note: some travel packages have restrictions noted in their descriptions on the auction page.
Auction ends Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 9PM.😊

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ABR December 10, 2017 -Reminder-Our Ebay Auction Ends Tonight at 9pm (EST). 

Please browse our unique offerings, featuring the original print (not a copy) of Dani Bear’s paw. This came directly from her foot to the paper and is available to the highest bidder. Please click on the link to view the auction and to place your bids. Thank you! 😊
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Hi ABR you have answered several of my questions, but I cannot see your answers. It switches over to pictures you have posted. This isn’t the first time this has happened. I think there is a setting you need to adjust. I want to read your answers. Thank you🐻❤️🐻

wish you had not sold out out of the calendars! knew i should have been quicker!

Shared so all my friends can see. I hope the auction does well!

I Love the knowledge that ABR gives you with Apollo, Rollo and All the others at the site.

Love, love the ROLLO canvas! Will get one soon!

Love ABR...

I put bids in for several items but it got too expensive for me. So I went shopping at the ABR link from today's post. Thanks ABR 😘 I can't wait to get my Cheeri oo's bear items. But you know we rescued Otto so you know I had to have the Otto package 😍 Yay the bears are home now!

Gosh I sure wish I could bid/buy this year, but finances are just a bit too tightly stretched 😢

I would have put a bid in on Milo's discarded GPS collar! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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1 week ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Curator Janet reports.

Our three former residents, Otto, Rollo, and Apollo have now been back in their natural and rightful homes for five days. In all likelihood they are in the process of finding, or may have already found, their winter denning spot. Freedom beyond chain link and electrical fences must feel wonderful to them. We wish them well on their return to the wild and hope they are enjoying their newfound freedom.

Prior their release, we guesstimated their weights to be up to 80 lbs, but felt they were probably close to 100 by release day. However, our thoughts that Otto was the heaviest, and our frequent referral to Rollo as “the little one,” was proven wrong. Rollo made liars of all of us as he weighed in 10 lbs. heavier than the other two. To give you an idea of the variance in the three bears, I’m sharing some of the measurements we took on release day. So, get out your measuring tape and grab your dog, cat, husband, or whomever and have some fun seeing how they measure up to our bears! All measurements are in centimeters and are in the table provided with this post.

ABR’s new Ebay Auction is underway! Please browse through the unique items and click on the link to get more information and to place your bids.
Note: some travel packages have restrictions noted in their descriptions on the auction page.
Auction ends Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 9PM. 😊
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Curator Janet reports.

Our three former residents, Otto, Rollo, and Apollo have now been back in their natural and rightful homes for five days.  In all likelihood they are in the process of finding, or may have already found, their winter denning spot.  Freedom beyond chain link and electrical fences must feel wonderful to them.  We wish them well on their return to the wild and hope they are enjoying their newfound freedom.

Prior their release, we guesstimated their weights to be up to 80 lbs, but felt they were probably close to 100 by release day.  However, our thoughts that Otto was the heaviest, and our frequent referral to Rollo as “the little one,” was proven wrong.  Rollo made liars of all of us as he weighed in 10 lbs. heavier than the other two.  To give you an idea of the variance in the three bears, I’m sharing some of the measurements we took on release day.  So, get out your measuring tape and grab your dog, cat, husband, or whomever and have some fun seeing how they measure up to our bears!  All measurements are in centimeters and are in the table provided with this post. 

ABR’s new Ebay Auction is underway! Please browse through the unique items and click on the link to get more information and to place your bids. 
Note: some travel packages have restrictions noted in their descriptions on the auction page. 
Auction ends Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 9PM. 😊
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So they are out in the wild now my phone broke got a new one had to get everyone back download again and just got y'all back and now my 3 bears are released aren't they to small to be out in the wild they are still babies to me ?

Janet, I miss the pics and stories. Hopefully, they are adjusting to being alone. And.... I have another question. There's been a bear hanging around laurel inn and the surrounding area. Will it den in that general area or go further back in the mountains?

Thank you Janet for the information! I have a question about the ear tags. What is their purpose? Are they just for identification if they’re ever found roaming in areas they shouldn’t be in?

Did they ever get close enough to the fence to get shocked?

Mummy has been in the hospital this past week plus so sorry we missed the cubbies release. Have a wonderful life cubbies! Thank you abr for all their care.

Their ears were all the same. LOL Why no nubbin measurements? Biggest caboose? Longest claw, tooth, etc.? Most likely to find den first award. Most likely to mate first. Mostly likely to be scared of a stray cat. Mostly likely to dumpster dive. Don't mind me. I'm just having fun.

And now comes the clean up, prep season for you guys. As much as I love seeing pictures and hearing the stories, my Christmas wish is that you remain bear free for a very long time.

My "little" munchkin Rollo grew into a big boy. Always thought of him as the master of his kingdom. I believe he is going to be a big amazing boar. As long as he doesn't try to make friends with everyone he meets, he will be okay. Rollo, Apollo and Otto are in my heart's pocket. All those involved in rescuing bears are angels on earth, quirky angels perhaps, but angels nonetheless.

I am just going to imagine Otto all denned up and cozy and sucking his paw, ready to drop off into dreamland. Rollo and Apollo are probably running up and down lots of trees and scarfing up acorns for one last belly buster. Good wishes, sweet buddies.

Centimeters ! Dang, now y'all going to make me figure out how to convert to inches! (I'm old school.) Well, I suppose that will give me something to do since we no longer have cubbies to watch each day, lol. Thanks for the info.

Impressive sturdy little chubby cubbies and they are only 10 months old 😬😳🙌🏼🐻🐻🐻🎄🌲🎄Thank you Curator Janet for your wonderful and humerous updates 😁😂

Janet, thank you. Any observation I had went out the window. I, for certain, thought Apollo would be the heftiest. Amazing he was smaller in most categories. You never know. God speed Cheery-os!!

I so enjoyed the daily posts about the Cheery-os and miss seeing them. The work you all do to return the bears to their homes is phenomenal. I laugh and cry with each triumph and loss.

Thank you for the measurements. It always surprises me. I never know what to expect on weight and height. Are these some of the heaver cubs you have released? These cubs did very well during their stay. Miss them Much.

Wonder what they thought of the first snow! A lot of changes in the last week for the three little bears. Hope they adjust to their new life and have found a warm winter den already . I do wonder if they miss each other.

Janet, have you heard anything from Apollo's collar? I've been very concerned about his release to the Big South Fork Area. It bothered me that the Big South Fork rangers didn't release a picture or video of his release. 🤔

Wow it turns out our little Rollo is going to be a big bear and Otto is going to be a bit smaller. Amazing. I miss the boys. I hope they are warm and cozy in their winter dens. ❤️

Was Otto's fur just fluffier?! haha Rollo, atta boy! You sure surprised everyone. I wish them all the best and may ABR be bear-free for a spell. As much as we love following bear antics from your FB feed, it's all best for the bears to not need ABR's services.

I wish we could have seen them playing in the snow. But I pray they are safe and happy. I guess I'm a Walt Disney girl and believes bears can be happy. 💜💜💜

ABR, is it the position of the ABR that bears are sentient beings? Sometimes I think humans “assume” other animals don’t have emotions.

Thanks for sharing the stats on the three Cheery-O’s. Looks like they were very healthy when they left. Praying they have found somewhere safe and warm to bed down and plenty of food to eat.

I see there were no collars on any of them is Coy's study done? can he tell us yet what he got as the results of the collars?? I so often think of my adopted bear...Skipper and pray he is OK and doing good. but if its possible to find out where he was and when he was last seen or recorded would be awesome. Ever since the big fires down there and knowing one didn't make it thru, I have worried it was skipper who passed away. OH...... if only I could know for sure.......Please Coy.... any info would be awesome.

Miss our little bears, okay, not so little, but miss them. They are now where they are meant to be and are healthy thanks to y’all. God bless all.

Thanks for the stats Curator Janet. It gives us some idea of how big they actually were. 🙂 I hope they have already denned and are safe and cosy in their homeland. ❤️

Thanks Curator Janet for your comments. I feel a little better about their release into the wild. They were such buddies and got along so well, I put them in a human form. I know they will be fine as long as they are SAFE. 🐻🐻🐻

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