4 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Yesterday, Apollo Bear stuck to his tree like a fridge magnet. The blustery winds frightened the cubs and though they could have taken shelter in the Acclimation Pen, they chose to do what comes naturally and that’s climbing trees. As natural as that is, we’re always relieved to see the cubs on the ground and today they were on terra firma doing something else that comes naturally…foraging. The Cheery-O’s hyperphagia is an on-again, off-again affair. Just when we think their appetite is fading, they surprise us by turning it back up, full volume. All 24 pears distributed were munched and converted into cubby-plump. Then they went to work on peanuts, almonds and acorns, vacuuming them up as soon as they hit the ground. Curator Janet was impressed by the sound of three cubbies crunching and Otto Bear’s speed at getting almonds into his furry self. We’re here to meet the needs of our residents, so if it's more food they want, it’s more food they’ll get.

We’ve added new items to our online store and to our Cafe Press store. Please take a look at both to shop for gifts unique to ABR. Thank you for helping us help them.

Our CafePress Store:
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Our online store:
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Yesterday, Apollo Bear stuck to his tree like a fridge magnet. The blustery winds frightened the cubs and though they could have taken shelter in the Acclimation Pen, they chose to do what comes naturally and that’s climbing trees. As natural as that is, we’re always relieved to see the cubs on the ground and today they were on terra firma doing something else that comes naturally…foraging. The Cheery-O’s hyperphagia is an on-again, off-again affair. Just when we think their appetite is fading, they surprise us by turning it back up, full volume. All 24 pears distributed were munched and converted into cubby-plump. Then they went to work on peanuts, almonds and acorns, vacuuming them up as soon as they hit the ground. Curator Janet was impressed by the sound of three cubbies crunching and Otto Bear’s speed at getting almonds into his furry self. We’re here to meet the needs of our residents, so if its more food they want, it’s more food they’ll get.

We’ve added new items to our online store and to our Cafe Press store. Please take a look at both to shop for gifts unique to ABR. Thank you for helping us help them. 

Our CafePress Store: 
http://www.cafepress.com/appalachianbearrescue
Our online store: 
https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/t/19338/shop/shop.jsp?storefront_KEY=334

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You have most likely answered this many times so please forgive the repetition. Does the status of their hyperphagia factor into the decision of when they'll be released? I recall you've said previously released cubbies hibernate fairly quickly this time of year.

Do they eat pecans? I had about 50# of shelled pecans that had been in my freezer too long so we put them out for our wild turkeys. I certainly thought about your bears & wished they had them....but the turkeys really enjoyed them!

Dearest Appalachian Bear Rescue, I am going to request that you SERIOUSLY try to get a photo of the sleeping bear pile. I imagine that where this pile is may be a problem or you would have done it, so I am being meek.😜

Did they have a brief meeting, do the math, and divide 24 pears evenly, OR did they just grab and go? LOL

What do adult bears in the wild do when it is windy? Are they just as skittish as the cubs?

Happy to hear that the cubs are safely back on the ground! The Cheery-O's gang are really looking cubby-plump! Glad they are eating all they can so they will have enough plumpness on them to carry them through the long winter's nap! Thank you for sharing the pictures and updates!

The winds were incredibly ferocious last night during the storm. I was praying they were not in the trees. I know that's what they instinctively do but so frightening! 68° degrees yesterday & 47° today~sure wish I had blankie of faux fur to keep me warm! The cubs are absolutely beautiful & look so healthy. You've done great job ABR!!

They are so big now, can't wait to hear how much they weigh, but I don't want to see them leave. I will miss them but thank you for helping them heal and return to their habitat.

There is such a difference in how they look now and when they arrived. Much more mature looking. Still cute though.

So happy they are ok. The weather has been kind of scary!! They are absolutely gorgeous! !!!♡♡♡

The little bears are awesome.

Cubs look wonderful.....great pictures

I enjoy the photos of the three together.

It’s a good thing Apollo is not afraid of heights!!

They are so beautiful. Nice and chubby. ❤️❤️❤️

They're beautiful

💕💕💕

Please don't turn them loose in NC. I know people that are hunting bears in Asheville area and Black Mtn. It really makes me mad that they hunt and kill them. These boys are so cute. I hope they can stay safe. <3 <3 <3

happy to hear they are still eating....hopefully right up until they are released to go back home again...I still wish there were a way for us to follow Apollo to see if he meets up with his mom and sibling(s). 🙂

Otto,Rollo and Apollo look great. Kudos to you all at ABR for bringing them to this point of ‘soon to be release’. Wonderful job, but oh how we will all miss them.🐻🐻🐻

Even I like the sound of thier diet um! err! Perhaps not the bear pellets though. Happy munching chubbies ♡♡♡. X uk

It's good to know that the Cherry-O's are still able to move around to forage! They sure do have a load of "cubby-plump" to carry around! 😀

Love the bears...it is hard to know what their actual size is...could you tell us by comparing them to a breed of dog?

I read about all that you feed them & am thinking they don't need a lot of protein in their lives. Is that true? Or are the nuts enough protein?

LOL LOL "stuck to his tree like a fridge magnet" and "cubby-plump"!!!!

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9 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

We’re over the moon with the success of yesterday’s “Ornaments of Joy” event held at the Vienna Coffee House in Maryville. It was a day of great art, great music and great people who gathered to help ABR help bears. Our Facebook friends know that Appalachian Bear Rescue isn’t a passive organization; our volunteers, board members, and curators are out there devoting countless hours to raising awareness and funds for our mission. We’re lucky to have so many talented and dedicated people working for a common goal: to give black bear cubs and yearling a second chance at life in the wild. At last count, the event raised $3,123.12! Thank you to The Vienna Coffee House, the artists, the musicians and to all who participated.
We’ll have an update on the cubs later this afternoon.
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We’re over the moon with the success of yesterday’s “Ornaments of Joy” event held at the Vienna Coffee House in Maryville. It was a day of great art, great music and great people who gathered to help ABR help bears. Our Facebook friends know that Appalachian Bear Rescue isn’t a passive organization; our volunteers, board members, and curators are out there devoting countless hours to raising awareness and funds for our mission. We’re lucky to have so many talented and dedicated people working for a common goal: to give black bear cubs and yearling a second chance at life in the wild. At last count, the event raised $3,123.12! Thank you to The Vienna Coffee House, the artists, the musicians and to all who participated. 
We’ll have an update on the cubs later this afternoon.

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About all I can say is WOW!!! That is so fantastic. Just wish we could have come down from Michigan for the day! 🐻❤️🐻❤️

Wow! Kim Bridges is this the event you and Greg were driving in to volunteer for? Looks like it was great!

Congratulations on another successful event to benefit ABR!

This event slipped by me. Are there any leftover ornaments anywhere available for sale???

You gave such wonderful events!!!! I wish I didn't live so far away!!!!!

Such a great organization-making it work for the bears!!!

I wish I could have been there for this event.

Woo Hoo!! Congratulations! All of your hard work paid off. Lucky bears. <3

Glad it was successful. We enjoyed it and love our ornaments.

So happy it was a great success! Thanks to all who made it possible!

Congratulations on a very successful event.

Congratulations for a great event,

So glad that your event was a huge success. 💖

Wonderful news!! Wish I could've been there to purchase a couple of ornaments.

Congratulations!! Great job.

Wonderful!

Great news! I wish I lived closer.

That’s great !!

Looks like it was fun.

Wonderful. Thanks to all!

Wow! !!! Fantastic! !! Congratulations! !!♡♡♡

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1 day ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Curator Janet reports...

It has been a busy day for the bears. This morning there were nine people in the adult curator class. The participants did a great job measuring their bear models and recording the results. The class explains the methods curators use in caring for our bears and gives the participants a chance to do a mock “work up” of a bear for release.

The Ornaments of Joy event has been going on all day at the Vienna Coffee House in Maryville. Lots of music and delicious food made for a cozy atmosphere to raise money for the bears. Our three bears would have enjoyed the food, but they much prefer nature sounds to folk rock and the blues. Thanks to everyone who participated. More on this event later…

One nature sound the bears don’t particularly enjoy is the sound of wind. Today is very windy and our three bears were skittish, frequently running back to a tree trunk when a big gust of wind would blow through. Wind makes black bears nervous as they have difficulty determining if the rustling sound is just wind or if it is a possible threat of real danger. They are very quick to run to a tree, even partially climbing it, until they can ascertain the difference. When foraging on a windy day, the bears will recurrently stop, look, and listen to ensure their safety. It isn’t uncommon to find bears up in trees on windy days. That’s exactly where I found Apollo – up in a tree, with Otto and Rollo at the base. The bears were fed large, juicy Bartlett pears today. Otto and Rollo emerged slowly to get a pear, but took it back to the base of the tree where they felt safe to eat. A few moments later, Apollo climbed down to join them.

Our three bears will be with us for a couple of more weeks. Thanks to your kindness they’re as ready as we can make them for their journey home.
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Curator Janet reports...

It has been a busy day for the bears.  This morning there were nine people in the adult curator class.  The participants did a great job measuring their bear models and recording the results.  The class explains the methods curators use in caring for our bears and gives the participants a chance to do a mock “work up” of a bear for release.    

The Ornaments of Joy event has been going on all day at the Vienna Coffee House in Maryville.  Lots of music and delicious food made for a cozy atmosphere to raise money for the bears.  Our three bears would have enjoyed the food, but they much prefer nature sounds to folk rock and the blues.  Thanks to everyone who participated.  More on this event later…

One nature sound the bears don’t particularly enjoy is the sound of wind.  Today is very windy and our three bears were skittish, frequently running back to a tree trunk when a big gust of wind would blow through.  Wind makes black bears nervous as they have difficulty determining if the rustling sound is just wind or if it is a possible threat of real danger.   They are very quick to run to a tree, even partially climbing it, until they can ascertain the difference. When foraging on a windy day, the bears will recurrently stop, look, and listen to ensure their safety.  It isn’t uncommon to find bears up in trees on windy days.  That’s exactly where I found Apollo – up in a tree, with Otto and Rollo at the base.  The bears were fed large, juicy Bartlett pears today.  Otto and Rollo emerged slowly to get a pear, but took it back to the base of the tree where they felt safe to eat.  A few moments later, Apollo climbed down to join them.  

Our three bears will be with us for a couple of more weeks.  Thanks to your kindness they’re as ready as we can make them for their journey home. 
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I prefer nature sounds over man-made and human sounds also. Will these little bears be tracked as the others are/have been?

The class was awesome ... very informative and fun.

I have noticed that the bears here are rather small..Is that due to their environment or the foods they have available to them?

They look amazing Was great talking with David today at the Ornaments of Joy Thank you for all you do 👍🏻

Are you ready to take genetic samples from the bears you have in residence yet?

Good grief! What happened to our little cubs??? 😊

Curator Janet always get the best pics of the cubs! Thank you for braving the winds to take care of the precious boys ❤️

I thought it was coming to the time to release them back to the wild 😢 I/ we will all miss them it's been fun watching them grow into beautiful bears from the little guys they were, thank you for everything you all do at ABR for the cubs ❤ thank you for all the updates and pictures

My heart hurts knowing that the boys will soon be gone. However, my heart is happy that ABR was there for the boys in their time of need. If not for you guys at ABR these guys would not have made it this far. Thank you for caring and for sharing. Praying that the Cheery Os have long healthy wild bear lives in the wild where they are meant to be.

Someone should write a book about these three bears and their time at ABR. I will miss them but I know it's almost time. They would have been very skittish here today. It's been very windy and rainy all day.

My heart soars at how beautiful, rotund and sleek these three are but it will be so sad to see them go even knowing that is what is best for them. It was terrible that their life started the way it did but it was made better because they were found by ABR and they had each other as companions while they regained strength and grew to a healthy state. I envy you your jobs with these babies, you do an outstanding job!

What happened to our cubs? They are huge now! Its been awesome watching their transformation. Thank you ABR for all that you do! 👍❤️

Evenin' ' Appalachian Bear Rescue. Have y''all observed the cubs reacting to any other animals they might see on the leaf flooR, or the tree canopy? .e. Rabbits , Hawks, snakes, squirrels. Thx, T.

The Three Bears are still growing ,getting bigger it seems they have a bit more energy today,or as you said the wind is making them nervous,best to be cautious they'll need to be when they're on there own,,and that day seems to be coming too soon...

ABR is the best. And the three bears are ready for the rest of their lives. We’ll think about them running wild and miss them.

Will they be released in the same area together or returned to the areas from where they were found originally? Just curious since they have sort of become a family if they will stay together?

They look fabulous!! Thanks to ABR and to all their contributors and to the artists and all the people that come out and participate in the events. You are awesome...I wish I lived closer...

I love the daily updates, but it's bittersweet to know these precious creatures will only be there a couple of more weeks. 😢

Alrighty! The storms are hitting Middle TN right now. Go out and tie those boys down. Then find yourself a basement.

I so enjoy reading about them! I will miss them once they’re released, but am so happy that they are able to be free!

Just wish bear hunting season would be over before you let the three boys go! They look beautiful and I know they are ready to be free wild bears. ❤️🐻

The photos are excellent, they sure know what to do when it’s wendy, good boys you did the right things.

I hate to see them leave. I've so enjoyed reading about them every day. Thank you!!!

They look so big and healthy. They should all be ready for release soon.

Great photos Curator Janet! Question - are adult bears accustomed to the sound of wind or do they react like Otto, Rollo, and Apollo?

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

This morning, the bears were observed sleeping under a tree. We will let them sleep for now and post an update on them this evening.

If you are in the Maryville area, join us for a full day of music, Vienna coffee, food, and ornaments galore at the Ornaments of Joy event that benefits ABR Cubs! You can also bid on hand-painted ornaments by Kim DeLozier, ABR Curators, Lois Alexander, Robert Tino, Mayors and other dignitaries in the Silent Auction. Also, DiAnne Wilson, ABR volunteer coordinator, and her husband will be singing, as will Curator Janet. Hope to see you there!!
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This morning, the bears were observed sleeping under a tree.  We will let them sleep for now and post an update on them this evening.

If you are in the Maryville area, join us for a full day of music, Vienna coffee, food, and ornaments galore at the Ornaments of Joy event that benefits ABR Cubs! You can also bid on hand-painted ornaments by Kim DeLozier, ABR Curators, Lois Alexander, Robert Tino, Mayors and other dignitaries in the Silent Auction. Also, DiAnne Wilson, ABR volunteer coordinator, and her husband will be singing, as will Curator Janet.  Hope to see you there!!

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You guys always do this stuff the week before or the week after I'm going to be there. One of these days I'm actually going to be up there on the date you're doing something!

So happy that my daughter and I could come to Ornaments of Joy today. Great coffee, muffins, music and ornaments. We bought two!

My dogs are upset by the storms and wind we’ve had in southwest Indiana today. Even though they are safe and warm inside the house, they stay close and occasionally bark!

So cute... the chubby cubbies are waiting for Christmas ❤️🎄🐻😴🐻💤🐻😴🎄🎅🏼☃️🎁✨💫🎄

Wish I lived closer and could attend! Hope all the ABR ornaments are sold at high prices!

I wish I could be there! Would love to bid on Santa bear!

Sure wish that I lived a lot closer! Sounds like a whole lot of fun! !! Well everyone have a terrific time!! ☺🐻🐻🐻

I'll be there in spirit!

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Today, there was no need for Curator Coy to wait for the Cheery-O’s to reveal themselves. Plumes of cubby breath rising in the cold air gave away their hiding place. Otto, Rollo and Apollo send most of their time huddled together in the daybed at the base of the large red oak tree. They come out to forage but don’t climb unless they feel it necessary. A noise startled Apollo, whose reaction startled Rollo; they climbed part-way up the tree, but without much conviction. Otto was satisfied to stand at the tree trunk, not wanting to climb, but ready. Eventually, he did and clung to the trunk until it was apparent there was nothing to fear. The cubs climbed down to forage for acorns, then went back to their daybed. Our cubs are conserving energy; they don’t visit Summitt’s Branch as often as they did and trees are better for sleeping under than climbing.

Please come join us tomorrow for a day of music, Vienna coffee & food, and ornaments galore at the Ornaments of Joy event that benefits ABR Cubs! You can also bid on hand-painted ornaments by Kim DeLozier, ABR Curators, Lois Alexander, Robert Tino, Mayors and other dignitaries in the Silent Auction. Hope to see you there!!
Thank you for helping us help bears.
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Today, there was no need for Curator Coy to wait for the Cheery-O’s to reveal themselves. Plumes of cubby breath rising in the cold air gave away their hiding place. Otto, Rollo and Apollo send most of their time huddled together in the daybed at the base of the large red oak tree. They come out to forage but don’t climb unless they feel it necessary. A noise startled Apollo, whose reaction startled Rollo; they climbed part-way up the tree, but without much conviction. Otto was satisfied to stand at the tree trunk, not wanting to climb, but ready. Eventually, he did and clung to the trunk until it was apparent there was nothing to fear. The cubs climbed down to forage for acorns, then went back to their daybed. Our cubs are conserving energy; they don’t visit Summitt’s Branch as often as they did and trees are better for sleeping under than climbing. 

Please come join us tomorrow for a day of music, Vienna coffee & food, and ornaments galore at the Ornaments of Joy event that benefits ABR Cubs! You can also bid on hand-painted ornaments by Kim DeLozier, ABR Curators, Lois Alexander, Robert Tino, Mayors and other dignitaries in the Silent Auction. Hope to see you there!!
Thank you for helping us help bears.
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There is a bear that looks just like this in my neighborhood, all alone, three large holes on his body from some assholes shooting off their bebe gun. The bear bothers no one. Comes on properties sometime, but is cared. I wonder if there is some sanctuary near Connecticut that someone could pick him up to take him there

I live thousands of miles away,but my heart beats faster when I think of these 'friends' being released into thier(home). Can you love a bear??? X uk

Just hope they fine Food like their . Most of all they smell human odors.Would this becomes a problem in the future??? I hope not real want them go do great in the wild 😜

wow they are really filling out and look so fluffy, more like big bears instead of babies. I am going to miss them soon I suppose?? Will they be gone before Christmas?

Its incredible to think the poor cub just admitted is the same age and just 9lb. I hope he is doing OK

Arrived in Townsend with my whole family to spend Thanksgiving. See you soon!

They are beautiful. Thank you for saving so many bears and for preparing them for their lives in the wild. Appalachian Bear Rescue, I received the ornament I ordered of Otto's footprint. It is one of the cutest and sweetest things I've ever seen. I'm glad it has 2017 on the part where it hangs on the tree or wreath or wherever you choose. This will be an extremely difficult Christmas for me, but my granddaughter loved the Smoky Mountains beginning when she was only 15 months old. She was last in the mountains in December 2016 and saw three cubs with their mother. It was such a wonderful treat to her and she loved to tell about it, so I've watched the adorable cubs grow and I feel such a connection......I think she's watching them and laughing at their antics. My ABR ornament of Otto's footprint is a treasure to me, just perfect!! 💜💜💜

Beautiful pictures. My how they have grown, Rollo looks huge. It’s so sad to see them go, they are having such a bonding time together. Everyone will miss them and all the amazing posts. Love you three.🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️

I find myself always looking up in our trees hoping to find a bear napping, no luck so far so I'll just keep looking at your pictures 😄

So happy to see these 3 beautiful chubbified cubbies. I know our time together with them is drawing to a close so just enjoying the Cheery-Os as much as I can. Thank you for all you do ABR! 💕🐻💕

I can’t believe these are the same “little” bears! You have all done an amazing job with them!! 🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️

This sounds like they're ready for a warm den and a nice, long nap. They'll be missed but it's time for them to live their destiny. <3

I don't even know these bears! Surely they can't be those teeny cubbies named Otto, Rollo, and Apollo?!?

I have a feeling it won't be long till they say goodbye.

I love these guys. And I love the write ups you do. Thank you so much

It's amazing to think they were once all so tiny!

Saving animals instead of murdering them. It is a very good thing.

The Cheerios are hilarious. They are so hugely round. Love them 💕💕🐾🐾

So happy that they were have this time together! Love these post!

They look soooo healthy!

Going to miss seeing them when they get released,so glad you saved them

Following the cubs, they become "kids" that we watch grow....thank you

The Chubby O's are looking fabulous!!!

They are so big now.

I love them!! Beautiful handsome chubby cubbies!! I love the ornaments too! ❤️❤️❤️

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November 17, 2017

Reminder! “Be a Curator” Class- Appalachian Bear Rescue

There are a few openings left in Curator Janet’s “Be a Curator” class for tomorrow. This is a hands-on program that takes participants through the steps of being a curator of bear cubs. The program is an hour long. Limited to 12 participants.
This FREE program will be hosted by Curator Janet at the ABR Visitor and Education Center, Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 10 AM to 11AM(121 Painted Trillium Way, Townsend).Please click on the link to register!
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November 17, 2017

Reminder! “Be a Curator” Class- Appalachian Bear Rescue

There are a few openings left in Curator Janet’s “Be a Curator” class for tomorrow. This is a hands-on program that takes participants through the steps of being a curator of bear cubs. The program is an hour long. Limited to 12 participants.
This FREE program will be hosted by Curator Janet at the ABR Visitor and Education Center, Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 10 AM to 11AM(121 Painted Trillium Way, Townsend).Please click on the link to register! 
https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=9898

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Curator Janet is an angel. I so badly wish I could come to this. Will you ever do one in the future?

it would be nice if this could be online for those of us who can't attend.

I live in Indiana....wishing a road trip was possible so I could be there.

Hey, curator Janet, I'm going to be there next Saturday how about a one on one class!😜

Hello from Monrovia California Curator Janet !

happy that there are people like curator janet and the rest lol, that really care for these cubs. takes a special person to be this dedicated! thank you and i sure wish i could be there for this

Well Curator Janet your a Godsend, thank you sooo very much for all you do for all the precious Cubbies that come to ABR! Thank you for the care that you give them all while at ABR, and your dedication, commitment to them all as they go forward on their Journey back to the Wild! !! You're Awesome Curator Janet! To a very successful Class!! ☺🐻🐻🐻🌲🌲🌲🌲

Oh how I wish I could be there for this class and to meet Curator Janet and thank her personally for the GREAT care she and the other curators give our bears. Sadly I can't be.

Our family is in Townsend for the Thanksgiving Holidays. Will be stopping by ABR like we usually do.

Sure wish I could be there, the class sounds awesome.

Wish I come be there. Have a good class and a good Weekend.

Wishing I Could be there for it but I'm stuck.in Ky til The weekend before Valentine's

If I was rich I would fly over and take what a great opportunity.

Why wasn’t this class 2 weeks ago ???☹️😢🤷‍♀️ Have a great class !!!😘

Wow wish I could be there. Super awesome!

Wonderful class with amazing Curators 🐻🌲🐻🌲🐻🌲📚📝🕵🏼‍♀️

Would love to be able to attend!! What an awesome class!! 🙂

Oh my goodness...I wish I lived closer!!

Oh man, I'll bet that will be fun!!

I wish I lived closer because I would love to participate

Thank you for the wonderful job you are doing!

If this was last week I would have been there. Now I'm back home in Indiana about 7 hrs away. :'(

Oh wish I could be there!

Curator Janet Thank you for all you do!

someday when I'm retired, if I ever will be, I sure wish I could be a curator too 😍🐻

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Please join us Saturday, December 2nd, 2017,10AM to 6PM as we deck the ABR Visitor and Education Center halls and “Light Their Way Home”. We will be open from 10:00 a.m. thru 6:00 p.m. Enjoy various activities (including Santa!) and specials during the day. Be sure to leave your “Light Their Way Home” special message for the cubs. Ask for a special card that we will display at our Center as a visible sign of your compassion for our cubs. At 5:30 p.m. join us as we light Trillium Cove to begin the holiday season. Please click on the link for more information and to sign up for FREE fun classes!
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Light Their Way HomeDec 2, 10:00amAppalachian Bear RescuePlease join us Saturday, December 2nd, 2017,10AM to 6PM as we deck the ABR Visitor and Education Center halls and “Light Their Way Home”. We will be open from 10:00 a.m. thru 6:00 p.m. Enjoy various activities (including Santa!) and specials during the day. Be sure to leave your “Light Their Way Home” special message for the cubs. Ask for a special card that we will display at our Center as a visible sign of your compassion for our cubs. At 5:30 p.m. join us as we light Trillium Cove to begin the holiday season. Please click on the link for more information and to sign up for FREE fun classes!
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I want to be there so bad!!!

Sounds like a great time. Wish I could be there!😔

So wish I could be there.

Bittersweet

Again I wish I could be there sounds like a lot of fun

So wish I could attend. Please post lots of pics. Living vicariously, ya know!

Wish we could be there, but we won’t be back until February 🐻

Can’t be there, but please light up for me! Any chance of releasing the Cheery-O’s in my yard??? I’ll sure miss them....

Aww sure would love to be there,sounds like lots of fun.Well wishing everyone that goes a wonderful time! ☺💜💛💙

Wish I lived closer sounds like a wonderful time <3

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3 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

It’s the early curator that catches sight of the cubs, and Curator Coy was early enough to catch sight of the Cheery-O’s. Rather, he saw Rollo Bear sunning his furry self on top of the Culvert Den, then had to wait for the other cubs to make their appearance. Eventually, Otto ambled forth from the shared daybed and made his way (slowly) to join Rollo. He plopped down beside him, commenced sucking on his paw, and trilled. Trilling (often called “humming” or “motoring”) is the sound cubs make when nursing and can be a form of self-soothing and a sign of contentment. Apollo was even slower off the mark, not stirring from the daybed until observation time was nearly over and even then he kept himself hidden in what’s left of the undergrowth.

The cubs often use the top of the Culvert Den to rest and play, rather like the famous Snoopy who only uses the roof of his doghouse, though we don’t think the cubs store their belongings inside as he does with his house. (At least we hope they aren’t!) Rollo’s fur has darkened considerably over the last few months, but still appears reddish brown in the sunlight. The cubs’ fur is dense and thick, warm winter coats to see them through the coming winter. Though The Cheery-O’s will be with us for a couple of more weeks, thanks to your kindness they’re as ready as we can make them for their journey home.
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It’s the early curator that catches sight of the cubs, and Curator Coy was early enough to catch sight of the Cheery-O’s. Rather, he saw Rollo Bear sunning his furry self on top of the Culvert Den, then had to wait for the other cubs to make their appearance. Eventually, Otto ambled forth from the shared daybed and made his way (slowly) to join Rollo. He plopped down beside him, commenced sucking on his paw, and trilled. Trilling (often called “humming” or “motoring”) is the sound cubs make when nursing and can be a form of self-soothing and a sign of contentment.   Apollo was even slower off the mark, not stirring from the daybed until observation time was nearly over and even then he kept himself hidden in what’s left of the undergrowth. 

The cubs often use the top of the Culvert Den to rest and play, rather like the famous Snoopy who only uses the roof of his doghouse, though we don’t think the cubs store their belongings inside as he does with his house. (At least we hope they aren’t!) Rollo’s fur has darkened considerably over the last few months, but still appears reddish brown in the sunlight. The cubs’ fur is dense and thick, warm winter coats to see them through the coming winter. Though The Cheery-O’s will be with us for a couple of more weeks, thanks to your kindness they’re as ready as we can make them for their journey home. 
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I'm glad they use the culvert den and other things you guys have made for them. When they are sleeping in their bed, do they do it in a pile?

How do mother bears with 3 or 4 cubs (born this past January) den for the winter ? Find a big place I guess ?!

It's gone from "several more weeks" to "a few more weeks" to "a couple more weeks". Guess we all know it's coming. It'll be best for them but we will sure miss reading about them.

I'm going to miss seeing my Otto every day 😔 But I'll be happy for him to being released near where we rescued him. April 10th, I'll never forget him and his 4.1lb tiny baby bear self 😍😘 Thank you so much Appalachian Bear Rescue 😘😘 Otto's going to have the best chance at life in the wild now. I hope I can be in Tennessee when you release him.

I love these bears!!! I am so glad that they have become good buddies!!! I always hate to see them go back into the wild... I seem to humanize them while in captivity and think when they get in the wild they will miss their buddies or miss Mother Bunny!

It’s been one year since Finnegan bear was released. Hope he is doing well. Patiently waiting for Curators report about the bears that were radiocollared.

Because they have gotten so big while in your care, ABR, I think we sometimes forget the Cheery-Os still are babies. Otto sucking his paw and trilling is a sweet reminder. While I know they will thrive in the wild as the others before them have done, it will be hard to let them go.

Thank you for the daily updates on the three bears. I will miss them when they are released and appreciate all the care you have given them to prepare them to return to their wild life 💛💛💛🐻🐻🐻

Yes every day I also know that one of these soon to be days the Cheerio O's, the bestest 3 bears at ABR will no longer be on that days page. I have been following ABR since 2009 I believe and have gone through the release emotions many times. I love that it happens every year. Smiles and tears, hope and prayers and congratulations to all for a job well done by all.

I'm going to cherish these last days of photos and updates on these three handsome guys. I surely will miss them but...they'll be home for Christmas!! 🙂🙃

I am going to miss these three babies. It has been wonderful watching them grow up. I pray they all have many years ahead of them and never feel any pain. ABR YOU ARE THE BEST THERE IS, THANK YOU.

Every day I cringe as I click on the update. I want them to be safe and I want them to be free as they were meant to be. But I also have a very selfish side of me that loves seeing daily updates on them!

Oh my, just the thought of Otto trilling melts my heart. So happy my hubby adopted him for me earlier this month. I love this precious bear SO much!! (Don't get me wrong, I love Rollo and Apollo too...but Otto is my special one).

Had a cat years ago, she would go and suck her tail. Was something to watch, didn't have to be stressed and she would curl up somewhere and start to suck. All animals are a little scared!

All three are so precious. Your care is exceptional for these babes. I know you said they are loners but I still feel sad about it. Will still enjoy while they are still there🙏🙏🙏❤️💙💜😊😊😊

They look so WONDERFUL, breaks my heart to think they will be split up,so glad they will be going home to the wild where chubby cubby bears belong and without ABR that would not be happening Hugs and many prayers to all of you and have a Happy Thanksgiving

I sure do hate to see them go! It's always a thrill to watch them thrive under your care! Prayers they continue to make it when they get released!

I am going to miss them so much! I love them and look forward to seeing what they are doing. I have learned so much! Thank you so much for what you do!

Just finished watching the webinar about bear hibernation with Daryl (I can't pronounce or spell his last name). It was most interesting, and Daryl is an excellent speaker. I mentioned release day to him, and he emphasized how important it is to return a cub/bear to his home territory. I'm going to miss Ben's daily stories and the curators' pictures; I've grown to love these 3, but isn't it great to have the ABR people and facilities to help bears get back home where they belong! We thrust our human emotions on our beloved trio, but they just want to be healthy and back to their home turf. Thanks again, ABR!

I’m sure going to miss my buddies when they leave, but I know they will be much happier when they are wild and free.

How fortunate for Curator Coy to have the job of spotting our Cheery-Os in the early morning!! Thanx!!

❤️❤️❤️❤️ Luv em to pieces I'm attached to em too and will cry my eyes out when they go back into the wild

I will miss seeing them and their antics---I look so forward to seeing what they are up to each day....

Thank you for caring for these beautiful boys!

Thank you for sharing...boy, I'm gonna miss them when they are released...such beautiful boys.

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4 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

The day started out with a very foggy morning for Rollo, Otto and Apollo. The fog was so dense that Curator Tom could not find the three bears in a tree, or on the ground. There was no sign or sound of the cubs.
After lunch, Curator Tom decided to feed the cubs. All three cubs where on the ground and immediately started foraging. Lunch consisted of Mazuri bear diet, peanuts and almonds today. The curators are trying to stretch the remaining supply of acorns and are supplementing with donated peanuts and almonds, which the cubs love!

Don't forget to sign up for Daryl's free online class "Bears - Super Sleepers" tomorrow!

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The day started out with a very foggy morning for Rollo, Otto and Apollo. The fog was so dense that Curator Tom could not find the three bears in a tree, or on the ground. There was no sign or sound of the cubs. 
After lunch, Curator Tom decided to feed the cubs. All three cubs where on the ground and immediately started foraging. Lunch consisted of Mazuri bear diet, peanuts and almonds today. The curators are trying to stretch the remaining supply of acorns and are supplementing with donated peanuts and almonds, which the cubs love!

Dont forget to sign up for Daryls free online class Bears - Super Sleepers tomorrow!

http://appalachianbearrescue.org/event/online-class-bears-super-sleepers-with-daryl-ratajczak/

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We really enjoyed our visit to the store yesterday. Beth was so wonderful and knowledgeable and we also met Curator Tom. I would recommend everyone to go by and visit. Can’t wait to go back soon!

I really get nervous now opening ABR posts, I actually hold my breath because I know it will soon be post I'm dreading that the cubbies have been released😣

ABR, I followed the link for the class you mentioned in today's post, but the site said the registration deadline had passed. Is it too late to register?

Is the fence down for a purpose.

Will you release them in time to hibernate for this winter?

Made my first order with iGive!! It was really easy! Wish everybody would use it!!

How much of what you give them is found naturally when released?

Somehow I missed this event (Daryl's class)...I am told the deadline to sign up has passed. :'(

With mixed emotions fear the release date is closer...yes, it will be good knowing that the mission has been accomplished...but I’m (and probably not the only one) gonna miss the daily “cubby fix”....

happy little guys -- watching these little fellows make me feel the world has not totally come unglued, there is still some good left

I think I'm going to be heartbroken when we have to say goodbye to these three babies. I know they'll move on to live full lives, but I'm going to miss them.

The Cheery-O's gang are looking so cute and chubby! I know their days at ABR are getting shorter! So I want to thank all of you at ABR for the updates, info, pictures and for taking such wonderful care of all the cubs past and present! You make our day more enjoyable!

We are all going to miss these three bears but ABR has done an awesome job getting them ready for their life in the wild .Thank you ABR !!!

Keeping up with the three amigos is a high point in my day. They will be well-prepared for a long winters nap, thanks to ABR staff, volunteers and contributors.

I will miss these loveable cubs when the time comes to release. Have enjoyed following the 2017 bears. Thanks for all the photos and updates.

The beautiful baby bears, getting big and near independence time. Mixed emotions between sad to know they are leaving soon and happy for another success story. Awesome job ABR!! 💞

Ahhh, my chubby cubbies! I have a lump in my throat thinking that they'll be on their own soon but I know it's the best thing for them! Thanks ABR for all that you do!

They don't look like cubs any more. They look like real, almost grown up bears.

They are getting so big and beautiful.

Sure gonna miss them😢❤️🐻🐻🐻

They are all looking quite rotund! Well endowed for a long snooze!

I love watching these beautiful bears.

Colder weather is here now maybe they will want a long winter nap soon.

Boy that would of scared me if I couldn’t see or hear them! Glad they are good🐻🐻🐻

They are getting so big <3

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5 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

The cubs continue to display their lassitude-like state as as are their conspecifics in the wild. This morning, I found all 3 of them curled up close together at the base of a tall, red oak. Unfortunately, I could not get a good picture of them. The denning season in the wild is fast approaching, and these young bears feel it, too. They are definitely slowing down, but will continue to be somewhat active as long as we keep providing them with food. In nature, it's all about energetics - how to obtain energy from food sources while conserving the energy stores you currently have. In other words, what's the cheapest (energetically) way for me to meet my energy requirements. If I attempt to chase down that prey species and miss, what could be the consequences if I'm already a little lean? Or, if I decide to move a great distance to search for a better quality habitat to forage, can I afford to make that trip in the event one does not exist? Many animals, including bears, have mastered different techniques for how to use the energy stores they have deposited to help them through periods of food shortages. Bears act through the process of torpor. It's an adaptation that has allowed them to successfully transition through the winter period. And it works well. Temperature can have short-term effects on bouts of movement by bears, but it is all truly based on food availability. Therefore, these 3 cubs have no reason to to completely den up while here at ABR. So we'll just see them resting a lot, which is what they are doing now. Once released to the wild, they will be tested. Instinct governed by food availability will tell them how long they can afford to keep moving about and when they should shut down for a while.

Don't forget to sign up for Daryl Ratajczak's class on November 16, 2017. The class is free of charge and will be online!
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The cubs continue to display their lassitude-like state as as are their conspecifics in the wild.  This morning, I found all 3 of them curled up close together at the base of a tall, red oak.  Unfortunately, I could not get a good picture of them.  The denning season in the wild is fast approaching, and these young bears feel it, too.  They are definitely slowing down, but will continue to be somewhat active as long as we keep providing them with food.  In nature, its all about energetics - how to obtain energy from food sources while conserving the energy stores you currently have.  In other words, whats the cheapest (energetically) way for me to meet my energy requirements.  If I attempt to chase down that prey species and miss, what could be the consequences if Im already a little lean?  Or, if I decide to move a great distance to search for a better quality habitat to forage, can I afford to make that trip in the event one does not exist?  Many animals, including bears, have mastered different techniques for how to use the energy stores they have deposited to help them through periods of food shortages.  Bears act through the process of torpor.  Its an adaptation that has allowed them to successfully transition through the winter period.  And it works well.  Temperature can have short-term effects on bouts of movement by bears, but it is all truly based on food availability.  Therefore, these 3 cubs have no reason to to completely den up while here at ABR.  So well just see them resting a lot, which is what they are doing now.  Once released to the wild, they will be tested.  Instinct governed by food availability will tell them how long they can afford to keep moving about and when they should shut down for a while.

Dont forget to sign up for Daryl Ratajczaks class on November 16, 2017. The class is free of charge and will be online!
http://appalachianbearrescue.org/event/online-class-bears-super-sleepers-with-daryl-ratajczak/

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They seem to have become such good buddies, if they were not released at what age would they stop being buddies and look upon each other as competition?

Although I know it's the right thing to do, it makes me sad to know there is a possibility they could be hungry at times after release.

I know you have the best scientific information. My instincts as a caring mammal tells me, it’s time for them to go to a den. How do you know they will find a sufficiently good den in the time you are giving them? Don’t they have to expend energy searching? Don’t they generally watch out for dens during their food hunt during the summer and then go back to that spot in the fall? These guys haven’t been looking around their territory for a suitable den like others.

The sweet babies. I've heard so many predictions about a harsh winter with snow. This makes me worry more for them to be in the wild alone.

What happens if they are released too late?

Have you ever received any cubs during the winter? Sure going to miss these little rascals

Will they be ok when you release them on their own? It makes me sad they won’t be together. Thanks

Are they going to have enough energy to find or make a den?

Will u be releasing them soon so they can find a place to hibernate

They grew up together and look for comfort. It will be hard for them to be on their own. If they were released together then they would get to make that choice. Wouldn’t that be better?

Aren't Bears just fascinating!! Thank you for the daily update on the Cheery-O's & the info you give us . Boy ,I'm going to miss them ! Such a great job you all do for our magnificent Bears ! Thank you !

That is so interesting. I’ve learned so much since I’ve followed his page. Thanks! Oh and the arrows are icing on the cake 😂. Jen

Thank you for such helpful information. I know about the conservation of energy and wondered about the effect this had on our cubs because their effort to get food is not demanding, unless you consider coming down from a tree (which is fairly effortless for a bear) or stirring from a ground bed energetically demanding.

Love these guys, looking for ward to their release, when they are back where mother nature intended. Again, thank you so much for taking care of them and sharing it with us.

I know they have to be turned back to the wild, but I will miss them. It is where they belong.

Seems like they're bonded together & need to stay together!😉

I will miss seeing these little guys... thank you all for all you do and keeping us informed.

Your reports are always very interesting and educational thanks Curator Coy.

Thanks for all the expert insight into bear behavior. ABR is the best!

See - they want to be released together!!! ❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻

Amazing to watch these cubbies grow up and bond. What an opportunity you've provided for us!! Thanks!

Camouflage cubs🐻🐻🐻♥️♥️♥️

A bundle of bears. <3

I love them! ❤️❤️❤️

Love my little fat bears! ❤️

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