2 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Curator Tom noted the effects of the cubs’ hyperphagia on the vegetation in Wild Enclosure #4; the grass is matted from the weight of plump cubs walking over it in search of food. The bears were a little more active today, chasing each other up trees and through the undergrowth, but their main occupation is eating as much as they can in preparation for winter and hibernation. Apollo still favors napping in his own tree, but he and Rollo hang out together on the ground. Though there have been no arguments today, Otto is keeping some distance between himself and the new cub. The unseasonable heat is still with us, but overnight temperatures are forecasted to be lower by the end of the week. We’re sure the cubs will enjoy that.

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Curator Tom noted the effects of the cubs’ hyperphagia on the vegetation in Wild Enclosure #4; the grass is matted from the weight of plump cubs walking over it in search of food. The bears were a little more active today, chasing each other up trees and through the undergrowth, but their main occupation is eating as much as they can in preparation for winter and hibernation. Apollo still favors napping in his own tree, but he and Rollo hang out together on the ground. Though there have been no arguments today, Otto is keeping some distance between himself and the new cub. The unseasonable heat is still with us, but overnight temperatures are forecasted to be lower by the end of the week. We’re sure the cubs will enjoy that. 

Please take a look at our online store for unique items exclusive to ABR. Our 2018 calendar is available, so please click on the link below to order. Thank you for your kindness and support. 

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I needed these pics today! So much better than the NFL controversy filling my feed. I'd much rather see 🐻🐻🐻 than 🏈.

All three look like chubby cubbies! And I know I'm looking forward to cooler temperatures as much as the cubs 😅. Is Apollo on schedule to release this fall? It appears that his leg has healed beautifully.

Again, thank you such a wonderful narrative about the cubbies as they chubbify. You deserve all the praise for keeping us informed. ❤️

Sadly for those of who follow and love these cubs, they are preparing to go out on their own into the wild. Nature's call must be answered. Love and prayers with all of these little fellows through time.

I really look forward to your daily updates!!! They are wonderful!!! I love reading about these beautiful little cubbies!!! It will be a sad day when they are released!!!

"eating their way to plumpness" as are the rest of us. Go cubbies go! Great pictures. They are a very handsome and wonderfully healthy-looking crew. Have I said good job??

These young fellows get.cuter everyday. Your photos and stories are so beautiful. Thanks very much!🐾🐾🐾

Break the Red Arrow Habbit, NO. Some of us need our "Red Arrows".

Thank You for the Great Photos ABR!!!

They all look wonderful <3 Thanks ABR!!

I just love all that you do for the bears. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving them a chance to grow up and be big bears. ❤️❤️❤️

These boys are getting it done .😎

Love these cubbies! Wish I could give them a hug. Thank you for all you do.

The change in the group dynamic is interesting..

they are so beautiful, all three of them -- thank you for sharing this miracle with us

The politics of cubbies.... always interesting!

Thanks for the updates. I love seeing those babies!!!!! So glad Rollo and Apollo are buddies

Wiggle butts, nubbins and round bellies =chubby cubbies 😜💚🐒🐻🐻🐻🌲

Love the photos and captions.

These 3 look so good and healthy. Pictures are great and I love the red arrow! 🐻💕🐻💕🐻💕

Beautiful

I love the red arrow! And the little nubbins they point too! ❤️❤️❤️

Poor Otto is jealous of Rollo's new friend. 🙁

I will miss these three when they move on! Thanks for sharing their early days with all of us. 🙂

You can definitely tell they are getting bigger. How much do you think they would weigh now?

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1 day ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Otto, Rollo, and Apollo took the sensible Mediterranean approach to the unseasonable heat and didn’t do much of anything. They rested in or near trees and made use of the shady undergrowth. Not even Curator Janet’s meal delivery elicited much excitement; it took a full ten minutes for Otto and Rollo to stroll down to see what was on the menu (almonds, acorns, peanuts, muscadine grapes, and apples). They plopped down, side by side, and ate what was in reach. Suddenly, they scampered to the nearest tree and climbed, huffing and blowing. Apollo ambled down the hill, ignored their trash-talk and began to forage. Otto and Rollo soon calmed themselves and joined him in a peaceful meal. The cubs are still getting used to each other; they’re eating together, but reciprocal invitations to spend the evening in their respective trees have yet to be sent.

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Otto, Rollo, and Apollo took the sensible Mediterranean approach to the unseasonable heat and didn’t do much of anything. They rested in or near trees and made use of the shady undergrowth. Not even Curator Janet’s meal delivery elicited much excitement; it took a full ten minutes for Otto and Rollo to stroll down to see what was on the menu (almonds, acorns, peanuts, muscadine grapes, and apples). They plopped down, side by side, and ate what was in reach. Suddenly, they scampered to the nearest tree and climbed, huffing and blowing. Apollo ambled down the hill, ignored their trash-talk and began to forage. Otto and Rollo soon calmed themselves and joined him in a peaceful meal. The cubs are still getting used to each other; they’re eating together, but reciprocal invitations to spend the evening in their respective trees have yet to be sent. 

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We will be in Townsend soon...always stop by the ABR visitors center...nicest volunteers anywhere.

In real life, in the wild, would they fight over food or just try to intimidate with noise?

"Much Ado About Nothing" is the motto of the day for the chubby cubbies 😃 It was a unusually warm night at the Bear Necessities event 💚🐻🐻🐻🌲☀️🌙✨

Don't worry Apollo saved you and Rollo some! Glad they hang out together and tolerating each either. 3 good friends! Thank you ABR. Love all these photos!

LOL......love this. ABR and these three bears are what I needed this summer. They do bring me joy and laughter.

Guess even bears feel the heat and decide doing nothing is good,a quick lunch and up the tree,then down the tree they certainly found some energy,or maybe they didn't want Apollo eating all the goodies.

You really must write some children's books about these three. It would be a terrific way of promoting your good work, and enjoying lots of donations.

I'm with the bears. It has been in the 90s here in Missouri and I am feeling kind of lazy myself. I will glad when we get back to normal temps. Thanks for sharing these pictures of these sweet bears, and thank you for all that you do for these beautiful animals.

Thank you ABR for everything your doing for Apollo, Rollo, Otto Bears on their Journey back to the Wild! They all look sooo very happy, healthy, strong, content! Well they're certainly becoming Chubby Cubbies for sure,sooo handsome! !!☺🐻🐻🐻🌲🌲🌲🌾🌿🍇🍐🍎🍈🍒🍏🌲🌲🌲🌲🌾🌲🌲

All the cubs look wonderful and in good company of each other. What a blessing that they have taken to each other so quickly. How I envy you to be able to watch them grow.

I've been at a camp with human cubs all weekend so it's nice to be home and check in with my bear cubs. Glad the auction went well and that everyone is getting along!

I learn so much. I look forward to these daily posts. Chuckle chuckle: Apollo ambled down the hill, ignored their trash-talk and began to forage. Otto and Rollo soon calmed themselves and joined him in a peaceful meal.

Photos are awesome they sure are growing up. Thank all of you for making them the best chubby cubbies, we do appreciate all your hard work and keeping us informed about Otto, Rollo and Apollo.

I seem to remember that one day the Cubs are huffing at another cub, then suddenly they are the best of friends. It can change in an evening when we do know what went on.

You guys are great to give us these updates eveyday. Love to you and the bears. You are a bright spot in my day.

Heat??? The South of England has been trying for an Indian Summer and has been failing miserably. Rain today as well.

Just love the way these updates are written. Thank you! 👍

Thank You for the Great Photos ABR!!!

They are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos!

getting so very fuzzy wuzzy -- 3 musketeers in search of the muscadines

Thank you for the updates.

I will really miss these bears when they go!

They all three look wonderful and healthy! Glad they are getting along so well. ❤️🐻

Thanks ABR for the great pictures and entertaining updates.

Awesome👌🏼 if only humans were as congenial as the three little bears😍

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September 24, 2017
Reminder: Daryl Ratajczak, wildlife biologist, black bear specialist, and ABR’s first full-time curator is hosting a webinar class on September 26, 2017, 8:00 pm (EST) on how bears hibernate.
Classes have limited seating so register soon! Simply send an email to: wildlifeforyoutraining@gmail.com
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We’ve featured Daryl’s blog entries many times. “Super Sleepers” is sure to make you want to learn more. Please click on the link to read, then send an email to register.
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(Webinar information: September 26, 2017, 8:00 pm (EST): One of the most remarkable things about the American Black Bear is their yearly period of hibernation. Unlike true hibernators, bears go into a deep sleep during the cold winter months, maintaining a metabolic state far above other hibernating animals. Scientists are still baffled by the biological mechanisms bears employ to maintain their health while in the den. And to top it off, healthy females often give birth during this process! Find out what goes on in the world of black bears as they prepare for their long winter's sleep.)
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September 24, 2017 
Reminder: Daryl Ratajczak, wildlife biologist, black bear specialist, and ABR’s first full-time curator is hosting a webinar class on September 26, 2017, 8:00 pm (EST) on how bears hibernate.
Classes have limited seating so register soon! Simply send an email to: wildlifeforyoutraining@gmail.com
($15 registration)

We’ve featured Daryl’s blog entries many times. “Super Sleepers” is sure to make you want to learn more. Please click on the link to read, then send an email to register.
https://nemophilosophy.blogspot.com/2016/10/super-sleepers.html 

(Webinar information: September 26, 2017, 8:00 pm (EST): One of the most remarkable things about the American Black Bear is their yearly period of hibernation. Unlike true hibernators, bears go into a deep sleep during the cold winter months, maintaining a metabolic state far above other hibernating animals. Scientists are still baffled by the biological mechanisms bears employ to maintain their health while in the den. And to top it off, healthy females often give birth during this process! Find out what goes on in the world of black bears as they prepare for their long winters sleep.)

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As a black bear behavior specialist, I want to say that this man is right on with the latest research, and his presentations are exceptional. He is very professional, and the information that he presents to the public will help people understand black bears and learn how to coexist with them. And yes, he is very cute too 😉

He's so cute... oh yeah the bears are cute too 😋

I'm all registered and can't wait!!

Black bears are amazing. Wish I didn't live so far away cuz I would be there!

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Looking forward to it!

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Summer was scheduled to retire yesterday but doesn’t seem willing to depart, regardless what her annual contract states. It’s hot and humid (86F, 30C), with hardly a breeze to rustle the leaves. Apollo thought it wise to nap in a tree. Otto and Rollo thought it better to take a dip in the Cubby Pool. Curator Janet could hear them splashing but was too late to photograph them. When foraging, wet little bears turn into muddy little bears; luckily there are no carpets in the Wild Enclosure for them to dirty or white towels to soil. Apollo seemed hesitant to climb down. Though the curator was invisible to him, she thought her proximity might be the reason. She withdrew to the far side of the Enclosure and waited.

Apollo sat in his tree observing Otto and Rollo, then made his way down the trunk. Rollo left off stuffing his face and ran to meet him. Huffing and blowing ensued, but Apollo wasn’t deterred. He touched noses with Rollo, then they joined Otto for peanuts, bear diet pellets, muscadine grapes, blueberries, blackberries, apples, and acorns. We don’t have photos of them eating together, but the fact they’re willing to do it is a sign the “Treaty of the Tree” is holding.

ABR’s “Bear Necessities” Dinner took place last night and we’re delighted and grateful to report it was a success. We’re attributing all proceeds from the evening to our “Expanding the Mission Campaign”. Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support and to our dedicated volunteers who work so tirelessly on behalf of our bears.

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Summer was scheduled to retire yesterday but doesn’t seem willing to depart, regardless what her annual contract states. It’s hot and humid (86F, 30C), with hardly a breeze to rustle the leaves. Apollo thought it wise to nap in a tree. Otto and Rollo thought it better to take a dip in the Cubby Pool. Curator Janet could hear them splashing but was too late to photograph them. When foraging, wet little bears turn into muddy little bears; luckily there are no carpets in the Wild Enclosure for them to dirty or white towels to soil. Apollo seemed hesitant to climb down. Though the curator was invisible to him, she thought her proximity might be the reason. She withdrew to the far side of the Enclosure and waited.

Apollo sat in his tree observing Otto and Rollo, then made his way down the trunk. Rollo left off stuffing his face and ran to meet him. Huffing and blowing ensued, but Apollo wasn’t deterred. He touched noses with Rollo, then they joined Otto for peanuts, bear diet pellets, muscadine grapes, blueberries, blackberries, apples, and acorns. We don’t have photos of them eating together, but the fact they’re willing to do it is a sign the “Treaty of the Tree” is holding. 

ABR’s “Bear Necessities” Dinner took place last night and we’re delighted and grateful to report it was a success. We’re attributing all proceeds from the evening to our “Expanding the Mission Campaign”. Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support and to our dedicated volunteers who work so tirelessly on behalf of our bears.

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ABR, I was thinking about Apollo being hit by a car. Would you have any advice for motorists if they would see a bear near the road or on the road on how to avoid hitting the bear? Thanks.

Came by the visitors center in Townsend today and got my tee shirt!! Can't wait to wear it!!

With the unusual hot weather, does it effect their eating habits getting ready for hibernation?

Is touching bears noses by another Bear a peaceful gesture, or is it only used by Cubs.

The dinner was so much fun!!!! Grateful to be part of such a wonderful group!

ABR, I don’t know who among you writes the narrative for your daily postings, but it is absolutely delightful, and I look forward to reading them everyday. If you should decide to write and publish a book (maybe A Bear Nubbin Tale?!), I promise to buy one for everyone on my Christmas list!!!😉😊

Sounds like all is well in the world of cubs. And I'm going to have to check into that contract with summer. I for one am ready to see some fall temperatures around here !

Photos of the bears are great. I also liked the photos of the dinner. It was decorated so nicely. I am sure everyone enjoyed the event.

those cubbies must be so uncomfortable in that heat,not surprised they're using the pool would have been lovely to see them splashing around,maybe if it stays so hot Apollo will join them now he's a fully fledged member of the group,congratulations on the success of Your "Bear Necessities"Dinner,,

I so enjoy your writing and all the wonderful photos. I'm smiling and my heart is full and warm. Thank you for *all* you do <3

Humans could take a lesson from these 'brothers from different mothers' cubbies!

Wonderful news about the three eating together, wonderful!

Now I can relax... all is well with the 3 amigos!

Thanks for a great update and congratulations on your fundraiser.

Thank You for the Great Photos ABR!!!

I love that they are interacting. I hope they start playing together

So pleased they are eating together and getting along. Great pictures of them thanks ABR .

The 3 bears make my day. Glad they are doing well and making nice❤️

Congratulations on another success

I can’t believe how handsome they are! Absolutely beautiful!!❤️❤️❤️

Happy to see all three cubs are getting along! Seems like Rollo is the one to approach Apollo each time! I guess Rollo is the peace maker! Beautiful photos! Thank you ABR for all that you do for these precious little bears!

I never knew bears spent so much time in trees! Thanks for the many photos.

I so love that, The Treaty of the Tree!!!!

3 Bear picnic eventualy xxx. Hope you made a heap of money at the dinner xxx uk

So love seeing them and the narrative.

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3 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

We never know the actual birthdate of our residents, so we picked January 22 as the “official” birthdate for all bears who come to ABR. It falls roughly mid-way in the range of possible birthdates: early January to early February. As far as we know, bears don’t mark birthdays, but with survival rates for black bear cubs hovering around 25 to 50 percent during their first year of life, we think every month is a milestone, worthy of celebration. So with a silent fanfare (we don’t want to startle them), we wish Otto, Rollo, and Apollo a happy eight-month birthday. And to all our former residents, wherever they are, happy birthday! ❤️

Thank you for helping Otto, Rollo, and Apollo on their journey back to the wild.

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We never know the actual birthdate of our residents, so we picked January 22 as the “official” birthdate for all bears who come to ABR. It falls roughly mid-way in the range of possible birthdates: early January to early February. As far as we know, bears don’t mark birthdays, but with survival rates for black bear cubs hovering around 25 to 50 percent during their first year of life, we think every month is a milestone, worthy of celebration. So with a silent fanfare (we don’t want to startle them), we wish Otto, Rollo, and Apollo a happy eight-month birthday. And to all our former residents, wherever they are, happy birthday! ❤️

Thank you for helping Otto, Rollo, and Apollo on their journey back to the wild. 

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A 25-50% survival rate during their first year? I had no idea it was so low. Has this rate increased over the years or decreased? And is there a main predator, such as human intervention as in cars, feeding them, etc.? Thanks. And this picture of the three Muskabears is so special.

I am not at all disputing your figures for first year life expectancy for black bears, but I find the bottom rate of only a quarter of cubs making it to be really low. Is this, perhaps only in a disaster year - failure of crops, or weather related deaths in a season? I had read that close around 50% was usual.

When will they start getting their winter coats?

How is the mast this year? Will there be a good supply for them?

So...what kind of cake do little bears like? 😉

Omg! I missed it apollo met Otto and rollo and they are all best buds! When did this happen! ❤️❤️❤️

Chubby cubbies with nubbins!! Happy birthday to all!!!! I will be 54 on th 23rd. I am usually leaving for a week long hike on the 24th.

Happy birthday to all our former chubby Cubbies wherever they are Marvin, Finnegan, Ridgeway, Bonnie Blue, Milo and all the others! Thanks to ABR and all the great work you do and for all these great photos!

Happy Happy Birthday to our three bears. 🎉🎈🎊🍰🍛🎉🎂🎊Wonderful to see them all together foraging. 🍏🍐🥜🍒🍇 Love them🐻💕🐻💕🐻💕Happy Birthday to all the others out in the wild. Hope you are ok Finn 🐻💕

It's great to see them together ..they're really growing now,not sure whether it's fat or fur but which ever they'll be ready for winter..happy birthday to you three cubbies 🍏🍐🍒🌰...

(whispering quietly so as not to startle the cubs) Happy 8th Month Birthday Otto, Rollo, and Apollo. Also Happy Birthday to all of the ABR Bears who have been released - praying all are fat and safe (especially Finnegan - sorry can't help it but he has my <3 ). Great photos ABR!!!

Happy Birthday Otto, Rollo, & Apollo. So glad ya'll have all made peace. Keep eating and getting chubby. Thank you ABR for all ya'll have done to help these guys and all the other bears that have come through ABR have a second chance at life. Ya'll do a fantastic job.

Happy Birffday boys! Keep growing to become the strong little bears you were destined to be! I suspect your freedom will be upon us before we know it!

Happy birthday to Summitt Bear and Ms. Dani Bear. Hope you are both well, safe and getting fatter for the winter. Miss new pictures of Summitt on his "recliner" branch. Happy birthday to our handsome cubbies: Apollo, Otto and Rollo. So glad all 3 of you are together now! 🎂

Happy Birthday Apolla Rollo and Otto!! so happy youre all doing well! and pretty soon youll be back to the wild (not too soon i hope...) Have a good day everyone!

Happy birthday Apollo, Otto and Rollo! Hope you have a very happy day! And happy birthday to all the other beautiful bears out in the wild!

HAPPY 8TH MONTH BIRTHDAY, SWEET CUBS!!!! And to all the sweet cubs that have been released over the years! Wishing you all a happy & productive life in the wild!

Happy 8 th month birthday ,Rollo,Otto and Apollo. !!🐻🐻🐻🐻🎂🎂🎂🎂 Just keep eating and getting big and strong. Happy Birthday to all other ABR bears too !!!! ABR thank you for sharing the bears with us ,and for taking such great care of them !!!!❤❤❤❤❤

Happy Birthday to the adorable chubby cubbies with the cute little nubbins! So happy that you all have each other and getting along so well! 🎂🎂🎂🎂💖💖💖🎈🎈🎈

They are so beautiful, thank you so much for all your hard work and especially your dedication to all the babies who have needed love and assistance.

It makes me terribly sad that the survival rate is only 25-50%. Wish there was more we could do to help these beautiful creatures! ❤️🐻

It's so cool that they tolerate/like each other. Thank you for the awesome work you all do, Appalachian Bear Rescue!!

Happy Birthday Otto, Rollo, Apollo and to all the bears the ABR has saved and are back to their home in the wild.

Happy Birthday, guys. Especially to Finnigan❤️❤️.

A beary 🐻🐻🐻 Happy Birthday to all of the bears!! 🎂🍯🍐🍎🍇

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4 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

We wish we could eavesdrop on our cubs and understand what they’re saying. The best we can do is photograph them, and in our clumsy fashion, infer their intentions from their behavior. Otto, Rollo, and Apollo have come to an arrangement. Introductions were made, and the cubs conferred at the base of a tree. Cubs this age (eight months old tomorrow) are as accepting of other bears as they ever will be, but acceptance doesn’t necessarily mean friendship. However, based on Curator Coy’s photos, we believe “The Treaty of the Tree” has been ratified by all parties and we have peace for our time.

Thank you for following Otto, Rollo, and Apollo on their journey back to the wild.
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We wish we could eavesdrop on our cubs and understand what they’re saying. The best we can do is photograph them, and in our clumsy fashion, infer their intentions from their behavior.  Otto, Rollo, and Apollo have come to an arrangement. Introductions were made, and the cubs conferred at the base of a tree. Cubs this age  (eight months old tomorrow) are as accepting of other bears as they ever will be, but acceptance doesn’t necessarily mean friendship. However, based on Curator Coy’s photos, we believe “The Treaty of the Tree” has been ratified by all parties and we have peace for our time. 

Thank you for following Otto, Rollo, and Apollo on their journey back to the wild.
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With these 3 be with you much longer? What's the latest they'd be with you before it's too late in the season, or is there even a too late time? Is it required you have to release them before winter? We have such easy winters here, without parents will they hibernate or simply stick together in the mts as a little 3some? Lots of questions today. Thanks for the current pics. Just love those 3 little bears:)

I understand what you keep telling us - the cubs are not going to hang out together in the wild. Still. I'm glad Apollo is not all alone. I believe that time spent with other cubs is important.

"Where every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain because, today's the day the teddy bears have there Picnic". Sooo glad they are together. Great pictures ABR . Thanks.🐻🐻🐻

I see the makings of beautiful greeting cards here. What a lovely interaction and smooth transition to friendship. I wish baby Finnegan could have had this opportunity. I think of him often. When will the report be out about the collared bears ?

The little one's are leaving fast and they get turn back to the wild they will have a big venture ahead. Oh Something I wanted to ask Bears love honey can you get a honey hive there so they can have a experience yes they get bit some but it's a good price at the end.The bits won't hurt them long as the hole tribe don't come on most of the time a few.Better to do now while there young plus you guys are near.. They do rob bee's ha Them good silly bears 🐻Going to miss there up dates when there times ready. 😐 🇺🇸🦅🌈🐾

Do you think it would ever occur that you would take in siblings, but at different times? Like, for example, say, one cub got left behind on the wrong side of a highway, and then days or weeks later, the same thing happened to a sibling cub? Especially if a mother had several cubs, or was inexperienced (I think about that picture of the mother bear with 5 cubs.) Would there be any way to tell if the cubs were related? Apollo was so quickly accepted by O and R, I just wondered if maybe somehow he was related to one of them and this was a kind of reunion. Things one thinks about to avoid getting any actual work done.......

You guys have been around a while, so I have a question. Is this the first time you have observed separate (non-sibling) cubs of this age get along this well?

LOL, I don't know how long the photographer had to wait for this, but wasn't it worth it! Now, the questions begin. How long did this series of pics take, how long did it take for this meeting to happen? <3

What do you estimate the bears' weights to be? To me, it looks like a fairly significant size difference among them

i know i should know the answer to this already but...why do apollo and rollo not have ear tags yet? i am so happy they are all together and that didn't take long. imagine the ruckus with 3 little cubbies! i hope you can get some video.

Do you suppose Apollo is so willing to mingle due to the fact that he just recently left his two siblings? I mean this is the first time he has ever been alone if you think about it.

These are wonderful photographs. The bears look great, too! I find it interesting that it is Rollo of the Otto and Rollo gang who is the one "mixing it up" with Apollo. I find it interesting because Rollo is a bit smaller than Otto, but Rollo seems to be more of the leader of the pack by directly engaging with Apollo before Otto. Or, is Otto in fact more dominant and thus Rollo is "forced" to deal with Apollo before Otto? Do we have any idea?!

What a story. Are you thinking they (Apollo, too) will be released before winter? Apollo is doing so well.

Was this peace treaty done by any chance, at the base of Summitt's tree ? Since so many world treaties are done at various "Summits", how perfect would this be 😂😂🍷🍷

If you go down to the woods today,you're sure of a big surprise,and what a fantastic surprise to see the three cubbies getting on so well together, hopefully it will last,,,

If only the leaders of our World could get along like this!!!! What beautiful cub specimens these three are. Soooooo bit, strong, healthy and lovely winter coats. Thank you ABR for being there time and time again and doing such a great, dedicated job. Maybe we should send some ABR cubs to the next UN General Assembly and teach all the Countries of the world how it should be done! <3

Thank YOU for giving us photos of the "three adorables"--complete with commentary. Your group gives them a chance to grow up and be "real bears."

These updates always make my day. I am smiling before even reading them because I know how great they always are. Thanks for all you do.

Just a lovely sequence of pictures. For whatever time they will be rehabbing, they will have each other. What fun! I'm not certain, but I think three will be exponentially more exciting than two....more choices. Thank you!

Love your updates!! You make me feel like I am right there with thise little cubbies!! So glad Apollo is able to join the others!!!

The Treaty of the Tree followed the hijinks at the nibble of the nubbin where both appeared to have a good time. And friends continued to celebrate with foraging and play. Or things will change in a minute. Love the pictures. Thanks for all you do for those special cubs.

This is so awesome! Thank-you for sharing your bears with us. You really need to put the stores from facebook of Rollo and Otto and now Apollo joining them into a book

Look how beautiful they are, their coats are getting so thick and shinny. Smart cubbies, play and be spoiled why you can. It's so hard to believe after they leave they will be happy alone. Animal world vs human world. 💙🐻🐻🐻

Love the updates , look forward to reading them every day , love the treaty of the tree !! Thank you for your love , care and the brilliant writing xx

I know none of them will be friends when grown, and Apollo will be released in a different area. However, the fact that Apollo had a sibling before, suggests that this truce and cohabitation is more normal for him than isolation would be. These are amazing photos!

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5 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Rollo and Apollo met today and Curator David was there to see it. The cubs squabbled over tree position, leapfrogging over each other all the way up until Rollo got onto a fork above Apollo. Huffing and blowing ensued, but no physical aggression. The cubs could have climbed separate trees and avoided meeting, but they chose to check each other out. Otto Bear declined to become involved in the fracas. He sprawled on Summitt’s branch and went to sleep. How their relationship progresses is anybody’s guess. They might decide to return to separate trees or they might decide that three is company.

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Rollo and Apollo met today and Curator David was there to see it. The cubs squabbled over tree position, leapfrogging over each other all the way up until Rollo got onto a fork above Apollo. Huffing and blowing ensued, but no physical aggression. The cubs could have climbed separate trees and avoided meeting, but they chose to check each other out. Otto Bear declined to become involved in the fracas. He sprawled on Summitt’s branch and went to sleep. How their relationship progresses is anybody’s guess. They might decide to return to separate trees or they might decide that three is company.

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What is the weight different between Apollo & Rollo? So glad they've started to get acquainted.

My goodness they are so beautiful! Apollo is handsome! And I’ve noticed that Rollo doesn’t quite have that baby face anymore! I’m sure this question has been asked, but since the bears smell one another, do you think Otto is picking up Summitt’s scent and that’s why he’s claiming the branch? And I see he is taking on Summitt’s leisurely attitude.....love them to pieces!! ❤️❤️❤️

If Apollo is released before winter, is there a chance his mom could find him and take him in again? Would she still know him after all this time?

Do cubs have a dominant position in a group?

ABR, was this Apollo's tree?

Is there any timeline for how long each of them will be at ABR?

Thank you for the bright spot to my very sad day. My 17 year old miniature dachshund, Bitsy, crossed the bridge today. I know there are a lot of cubbies there to welcome her. 💜😔💜

Game of Thrones in a tree?

If only humans could get along so well... ❤️ These three little guys are beautiful & look so healthy. All because ABR cares.

Great day and terrific narration. You have got to combine these wonderful stories into a children's book to teach our young folks how and why to appreciate bears!! Thanks.

Rollo Bear has gone from tiny cubby to rough and tumble cubby. No one is going to ever push him around😂😂 I hope he accepts Apollo Bear in the long run😘😘🐻🐻

Love the pictures of the cubs! Happy to see they finally made contact! Otto takes it easy on the Summitt Branch while little Rollo has to deal with the new guy in the woods! And Rollo holds his ground (tree) with Apollo and lets him know that this tree is his! Glad it didn't end in a fight! Thank you for sharing!

So great, the "arguing" over My branch -- MY branch. My Tree... NO, MY tree.... It just reminds me of me and my sister, growing up! They're like true siblings! 💙💙💙

I love following the lives of these little bears, and their beautiful adventures that y’all share with us on a daily basis! The love, care, and compassion that y’all have for them shows through in every single photo, and makes my heart so happy❤️They are precious and growing like crazy! I just wanted to say thank you to everyone at ABR, and that has a hand in the care of these sweethearts, and for sharing their journey back to the wild! So thankful for All ❤️😍🙏🏻

My grandma use to tell us kids (in the afternoon) go outside and climb a tree, I have to start on supper...your post today reminded me of her with a big smile! Thank you for that AND for all your great work you do at Appalachian Bear Rescue

Glad that Rollo, the runt, was able to hold his own and win the argument! Was afraid he might be shy, but apparently not! Guess his little battles with Otto have taught him a lot! ❤️🐻

I hope they all decide to grow as buddies rather than adversaries. I think they will be alright. Youngters always look to be better at everything than their peers. More time is needed.

Lol............I guess Rollo feels pretty sure of himself, since Apollo shimmied back down the tree! 😀 I'm glad they finally had their first "meet". Hopefully, it'll get better from here on out!

Wonderful pictures. So happy to see that cubs are so beautiful and healthy.Thank you ABR for all you do for this amazing cubs.

Sounds like they're going to keep you entertained with their antics while they settle in together. Bless them 🐻

They are so adorable. Oh how I'd love to cuddle those 3. Seeing them together made my day. I love you little cubbies.

Great pictures today, and it's good to see that they all can coexist. Your fall colors are showing up, too.

I bet that was a little nerve-racking for Curator David to watch!

This is a wonderful, eventful, post. Love that Apollo seems good as new.

WOW....you ought to create a book of photographs and accompanying narratives. I enjoy your posts........

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ABR Update-September 19, 2017

We’re reduced to using this photo (taken yesterday) because Otto, Rollo, and Apollo chose to spend all day foraging in the undergrowth, invisible to the curator except for the occasional trembling shrub to indicate their locations. From the movement of leaves and grass, the curator inferred Otto and Rollo were on one side of the Enclosure and Apollo on the other. Though we regret not seeing them, having all three cubs on the ground at the same time is a good sign. We’ve had cubs in the past forage in rotating shifts, one set descending their tree only when the first group had finished eating and were ascending theirs. (We should have installed a time clock to facilitate their punching in and out at shift-change.) We’re glad Otto, Rollo, and Apollo feel comfortable enough to leave the safety of their respective trees at the same time. If there was a conversation between the cubs, it took place in private, away from the human busybody spying on them.
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ABR Update-September 19, 2017

We’re reduced to using this photo (taken yesterday) because Otto, Rollo, and Apollo chose to spend all day foraging in the undergrowth, invisible to the curator except for the occasional trembling shrub to indicate their locations. From the movement of leaves and grass, the curator inferred Otto and Rollo were on one side of the Enclosure and Apollo on the other. Though we regret not seeing them, having all three cubs on the ground at the same time is a good sign. We’ve had cubs in the past forage in rotating shifts, one set descending their tree only when the first group had finished eating and were ascending theirs. (We should have installed a time clock to facilitate their punching in and out at shift-change.) We’re glad Otto, Rollo, and Apollo feel comfortable enough to leave the safety of their respective trees at the same time. If there was a conversation between the cubs, it took place in private, away from the human busybody spying on them. 
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Just curious--do you think Apollo comes off as not a threat since he's been out in the wild longer than those two cubbies, RolloOtto? And vice versa?

Well Apollo Bear, I'll take your photo any day handsome boy! Soo glad that your looking soo healthy, strong! Glad that your doing great in the Wild Enclosure, climbing trees, foraging, you're making lots of Progress Apollo Bear, im proud of you Apollo! ! Do you think theres a possibility of Apollo Bear becoming friends wiyh Rollo Bear and Otto Bear?

Will Otto & Rollo ever accept Apollo as a cubmate where all three of them will spend time together either in trees or on the ground or will Otto & Rollo just tolerate Apollo from afar?

I finally got to go to the visitor center. Very neat place. Wonderful staff members. We made a small donation to the bear necessities. Felt great to do it. We support you abr always. God bless the baby bears

It's great news that the little rascals on all on the ground and doing what bears do. When do your bears usually den? I know up north some of them are getting ready now.

Was that Carter Bear, who wouldn't eat with the others?

Wow I missed one day and you put Apollo out of the enclosure.

I know Otto and Rollo will be released before winter, what about Apollo

Might be a good idea for the future newbies..instead of bringing a cub into an occupied enclosure(and hoping for the best) releasing them all at the same time to a NEW enclosure might be an answer. Seems neither one is sure if THEY are the trespasser so there is no bullying/fighting. Looks to me like Otto/Rollo don't want to trespass into Apollos space nor' he into what he thinks is theirs..Hopefully theyll all meet in the middle and all lines will be erased :-)..hope that happens before release. Rub~a~dub~ dub.. 3 cubs in a tub 🙂

that's alright if you don't have any picture to show, it is so interesting to read about these 3 little devils every day and learn a lot about bears. Like human kids they just do what they want as long as they are safe we are fine!

I'm so glad they can forage in the same area without so much as a fuss! Means they'll do well when they're out in the wild and encounter another bear! Thank you for the update and for all you do!

Apollo has become quite the handsome young bear! He's certainly come a long way since his arrival. Yet another testament to your wise, considered, compassionate care for him and the other two mischief makers.

C'mon boys, Apollo needs some friends since he doesn't have his siblings any longer. This is a time for fun and wrestling and GoT bear style, for all😘😘😘🐻🐻🐻

Beautiful picture, glad they are all on the ground together, let's hope when no one is around they are playing happily together.

foraging together, a good sign that they are getting as much food as possible...their internal clocks are working great - telling them its almost time to take a long winter's nap!!! #beartrio #apollo #rollo #otto #ABR

Maybe they're playing the cub's version of who's that bear? games. Love all the things they do. And thanks for all ABR does for bear cubs.

Thank you, ABR!! You do good, cub or no cub. We all are waiting for the same thing. At least I'm waiting for friendship too bloom 🙂 🙂

I just hope the motorist who hit Apollo is following this site and knows his quick action in calling for help made all the difference for this little guy.

Well this is a wonderful picture to use in place of the missing cubs. I'm sure they are scurrying about trying to see who can eat the most. Knowing that they are giving way to each other is good. I am happy that there were no major problems with the introduction of Apollo.

Another Day in Paradise!

Thank You for the Great Photo ABR!!!

We are happy to see updates and your descriptions on their activities!

So glad they all felt comfortable enough to on the ground together even though not together

Doin' what bears do, getting ready to be on their own. Another great job ABR folks❤️

Next year's calendar cute-cub photo!!

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1 week ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Apollo Bear has chosen a tree of his own. He’s comfortable climbing and sitting in it and doesn’t wander far from its promise of protection. Otto and Rollo have a tree of their own too. They’ve taken the lease on Summitt’s Branch, and from there they can view the Enclosure and “the new cub on the block”. Their respective trees offer them a safe place to exercise two characteristics common to their species: timidity and curiosity. So far, the cubs are content to use scent and sight to inform themselves about each other, but we don't know what goes on when we’re not looking. The curators wouldn't be surprised if overnight, the bears exchanged separate trees for a single tree of their own.

Thank you for following Otto, Rollo, and Apollo on their journey back to the wild. We’ve added some unique items to our online store, including ABR’s 2018 Calendar and Apollo’s paw print. Please click on the link to explore.

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Apollo Bear has chosen a tree of his own. He’s comfortable climbing and sitting in it and doesn’t wander far from its promise of protection. Otto and Rollo have a tree of their own too. They’ve taken the lease on Summitt’s Branch, and from there they can view the Enclosure and “the new cub on the block”. Their respective trees offer them a safe place to exercise two characteristics common to their species: timidity and curiosity. So far, the cubs are content to use scent and sight to inform themselves about each other, but we dont know what goes on when we’re not looking. The curators wouldnt be surprised if overnight, the bears exchanged separate trees for a single tree of their own. 

Thank you for following Otto, Rollo, and Apollo on their journey back to the wild. We’ve added some unique items to our online store, including ABR’s 2018 Calendar and Apollo’s paw print.  Please click on the link to explore. 

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Really want to get a Calendar for 2018, have the 2017 Calendar hanging up on the wall, its sooo beautiful, love all the cubbies photos! But will the 2018 Calendars still be available in the first week of October ?? That's when I will be able to get one.Thank you for such a wonderful post, with these precious photos of Apollo Bear, Rollo Bear, Otto Bear, love them all !! Will answer the post just a little later! ☺🐻🐻🐻

Oh my gosh, I am over excited today. I'm not sure what happened, but this is the first post I have receive since Irma. I was starting to panic!!! Thankful everyone is safe. The precious babies are gorgeous! !!♡♡♡

how did all of you & the cubbies make out during the storm? I know that the Smokey Mtn park was closed due to high winds - how did the cubbies make out in their trees?

Do you think Apollo is getting far enough away from his tree to get plenty of food? Hoping the other two will make nice so they all can forage together. ❤️🐻's

They're all exceptionally handsome. Apollo looks great. I had to break for one in the middle of the road today. It's the road leading to Laurel Valley from Tuckaleechee near Richardson Construction.

How do you assure they all (especially Apollo) get their fair share of the food. (I know you have a a way - just wondering what it is.)

Do you ever receive orphaned cubs from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and if so, do they go to the UT Vet school first? Otherwise, how do you interact with the GSMNP or Friends of the Smokies or GSMNP Association, if at all. I've heard that the Smokies has about 1600 bears and you're so close, with such an excellent program....

Trying to purchase a calendar but your website is not working . . .

What a journey, are they microchip for release, release day will be sad but happy.

At night when y'all aren't looking, they're having a poker game with visors and cigars. (wink, wink)

Ordered my 2018 calendar!! Thank you, ABR! <3

To Curator Janet or whoever writes about the cubs: Will you please consider writing a book about your experiences with the little bears? You have a wonderful way of expressing yourself, and you are fun to read. Please consider it and think of how much money it would bring to ABR. Thank you all for what you do for the cubbies. I look forward to your post everyday.

Apollo is a handsome cub,otto and Rollo have some competition there,it's nice he's found his place to climb too and relax,and no doubt keep an eye on otto and Rollo just in case they want to pay a visit....

I'm hoping Otto, Rollo, and Apollo will be like Dani & Summitt - one day they were in the same tree!

Apollo looks so healthy! His coat is shiny and the surgical shave has really grown back. His progress makes me so happy and I know it must for the humans who've been charged with his care. Hat tip to you all-you're doing a fine job assisting nature!

Thanks again for letting us in on a little bit of bear life! No matter what the three cubs do, it'll probably surprise us....and won't be unusual at all to them! <3

Wouldn't you love to have a night camera to catch cubs playing 😉 So happy for Apollo such a incredible cub🐻 Glad the twins are enjoying Summitt bears branch 😊❤️❤️

All bears are beautiful but there is something about Apollo that melts my heart. He has that Teddy Bear look. ❤️🐻🐻❤️🐻🐻❤️

All three cubs are looking beautiful! Hope they can get together and become friends! Happy to see Apollo with his own tree to climb and that Otto and Rollo have taken up residence on the Summitt Branch! Thank you for sharing!

Maybe in the morning all three of them will be in a tree together that is totally different than the two they are living in now.

After a slightly stressful day, this post gave me a very big smile. Bless them. Is the plan to release them before hibernation? Or will it be late January?

I had wondered who could see what, and I love the answer! So they are all looking at each other to see if they are looking back at each other, awwww. The Timid and the Curious. Awwww.

Been out of the FB for a few days on vacation in Gatlinburg & having a blast sense we brought our daughter and grandson we decided FB could wait until we are in the room at night

Apollo has more beige in his snout. Glad he is able to do some climbing, that will help him heal and be stronger with all the moving around!!

Looking good Apollo Otto and Rollo! Keep an eye out for each other! So glad they are all doing so well!

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1 week ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Today, Curator Tom saw Otto, Rollo and Apollo on the ground at the same time, but not in the same place. The furry duo descended from Summitt’s branch and disappeared into the undergrowth in one section of the Enclosure while Apollo lingered at the base of his tree until he hotfooted into another section. This, believe it or not, is progress. We’ve had bears refuse to descend for days following the introduction of a new cub, and we’ve had new cubs decline to be on the ground at the same time as the current residents. How Otto, Rollo and Apollo proceed is up to them, but the curators are relieved the bears are confident enough to come down to eat when they’re hungry.

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Today, Curator Tom saw Otto, Rollo and Apollo on the ground at the same time, but not in the same place. The furry duo descended from Summitt’s branch and disappeared into the undergrowth in one section of the Enclosure while Apollo lingered at the base of his tree until he hotfooted into another section. This, believe it or not, is progress. We’ve had bears refuse to descend for days following the introduction of a new cub, and we’ve had new cubs decline to be on the ground at the same time as the current residents. How Otto, Rollo and Apollo proceed is up to them, but the curators are relieved the bears are confident enough to come down to eat when they’re hungry.

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To the curator-trained eye, how does Apollo compare in size to Otto and Rollo? He looks so healthy that without being next to the two rascally ones, he looks pretty much the same size.

Would there be any scent of Summitt left on "his" branch? I wonder if Otto and Rollo could still smell him and take that as an endorsement,so to speak, of that branch??

how old is Apollo? i do believe you are addicted to nubbins, ABR?

Are cubs naturally afraid of humans?

Do bears defaecate and urinate in trees or do they descend to the ground?

How do the cubbies compare in size? It's really good to see them being ok with each other in almost the same space!

So Apollo's leg seems to be progressing...are his climbing skills appearing to be intact?

A friend hit a cubbie last night in her vehicle..it didn't survive...she could hear it's mother nearby. So sad.

Glad all is still good at the cubby house! Wonderful seeing Apollo doing so well and climbing his tree! He has been "nubbined" into the cub club! He looks great! Hope Apollo, Otto and Rollo can become friends before they have to leave to go back into the wild! Thank you for sharing!

Thank you curators for going to such lengths for these photos! And to whomever writes the commentary, you are very talented.

Happy that all is calm in the woods. This is wonderful news that they are sharing the same ground at the same time. Big step.

It's time to eat, sooner or later they will all end up in the same place. Haven't seen them refuse the food yet, maybe once. Then the hunger takes over. If not today, tomorrow will break the hunger. Come & get it!!!

Apollo has been poked in the nubbin with the red arrow!🔻 in my human mind I hope they all become pals....but I'm not a bear...🐻 They are so handsome!!

Hoping pics tomorrow will show Otto, Rollo, and Apollo in the same area! Love the pics today!!

So very happy all is going so well with the introduction.

Apollo is a handsome bear. Looks like his bones are healing well and will mingle with his play mates!

Than you again ABR for the lovely photos and updates, the boys are really growing.

I could look at them all day! They are so beautiful! Thank you for the pictures and updates!

Those three are such characters. Need a girlie cub.

Smarter than the average bears!

Wonderful pictures of beautiful young cubbies today. Thanks so much.

Such fun learning about young bears!!! Thank you 🙂

The threesome is doing great! Growing fast.

Love all three of these handsome babe's 🙂

They are getting so big and chubby!!

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