ABR Update-June 26, 2017

We apologize for our late post; it's been a big day for a couple of little cubs. Otto and Rollo were released to Wild Enclosure #3 early this afternoon. All went well except for our technology; we've had wifi and camera problems all day. For your edification (and to stall for time while we fix what's wrong with our tech) we offer the ever delightful Dani Bear sitting in her tree. We thank you for your patience and we hope to have photos of Otto and Rollo's big day tomorrow. Thank you for your support...even when things breakdown. ❤️
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ABR Update-June 26, 2017 

We apologize for our late post; its been a big day for a couple of little cubs. Otto and Rollo were released to Wild Enclosure #3 early this afternoon. All went well except for our technology; weve had wifi and camera problems all day. For your edification (and to stall for time while we fix whats wrong with our tech) we offer the ever delightful Dani Bear sitting in her tree. We thank you for your patience and we hope to have photos of Otto and Rollos big day tomorrow. Thank you for your support...even when things breakdown. ❤️
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I really think Dani is posing for the cover of Vogue. LOL She is a photogenic specimen of a pretty lady black bear. Happy to hear the babies got released into their wild enclosure. Thanks for the update ABR. 💛🐻💛

I had a feeling those little rascals were headed for the wide open spaces today. (Wide open for them.) I hope you were able to get some pictures of their foray into the Wild Enclosure. That will be a treat when we get to see them - like getting a whole pear to yourself.

Dani Bear, it's too bad you couldn't have your own real photo shoot. You are so photogenic and beautiful, you could be on a cover. Maybe we can get National Geographic to do an article or the Kids version using Dani as the main focus - might help ABR with donations ??❤️🐻

the boys are growing up...kind of makes me sad. it's been such a treat watching those two and their daily antics. but this is what life is all about sigh. sure wish my bed felt as comfy as dani looks on that branch lol

Thank you for all you do for all. I would never say anything about what you all do. With that said. You all do a great job, with everything you start out to do. The Curator seem to work 24 hrs., some times. I have seen it when a cub is to be fed ever few hours. All give 110% in everything you set out to do. So a camera is down, still everything will go as planed. Hope all get some rest, put today behind. Tomorrow is a new day. God. Bless, take care.

I have a cat that weighs just between Otto and Rollo which gave me great perspective of their size. Soooo little. It's hard to think of them so small way up high in a tree.

Amazes me how comfortable these bears appear in the trees. as a kid I climbed every tree on our place and it seemed as a youth I always found a nice spot, some better than others, to rest or just sorta escape. Dani appears to read as others in your rescue some unique design that just fits their comfort level so beautifully. Rain or shine. Dani is just become one with that tree, magically draped across the limbs as comfortable as I in my bed. Amazing. Thank you all for your efforts to help these little giants restore and become healthy in the tangled web of trees where they belong. You are a blessing both to man and his animal friends, its a big earth we care share and you show us how.

I am from Bowling Green , KY and that is about 5 hours away from you all and I stay up to date with your posts. Love you guys and your mission. We recently had a yearly black bear discovered in our neck of the woods but unfortunately it didn't make it because it was hit by a car on the parkway up here. The black bear was in the news because it was a shock to find the bear in our area of KY. Black Bears are not usually found in our area so it was a big deal. I felt really sad for it. Anyway, right now I am on vacation right now in Pigeon Forge, I wish I could visit your facility since I am so close to it this week but I know it is not best for the bears plus it is against the facility's policy and I certainly understand that. Keep up the good work! I am glad that you all exist for these little bears. I just wish our yearling from our area in KY had survived the car wreck, maybe he would have found his way to you all.

Thank You ABR for all you do for the cubby babies! There's no problem that you all can't overcome ( except their health issues and that's up to our good Lord..❤️❤️. We all shed tears (happy & sad) for the babies and their journey...

Dani, you really know how to "hang" around - good for you. You're not just an ordinary bear - you chose the best tree in the forest! And how smart to rest your chinny-chin-chin on your paw! You're just beautiful!! Can't wait to see the antics of Rollo and Otto discovering their new home. I guess they'll find some favorite tree too and I bet they hang together - they're definitely best friends, for now! Thanks ABR for all you do and for sharing the cubs with us to enjoy.

This is the Most Relaxed Bear I have seen.Can she be anymore aloof and nonchalant . I am glad the 2 boys got situated. Can't wait to find out where they will show up tomorrow. Who will be the rowdy and who will hide. Thanks for the Portrait of Dani. We all love her.

Yeahhhhhh Otto and Rollo. The baby boys are growing up. Such wonderful little big bears. Dani is so photogenic, such a beauty. She just looks so comfy and not a care in the world. I hope Hawkins is feeling even better today and I'm sure Summit is keeping an eye on everything. Hopefully the curators are doing just as well as the bears are. They have been working so hard..... ya'll are the best!!!

Can't wait to hear all about it and um see everything from the big day! Hoping our two littlest guys are doing well with their big move. 😬Thank you ABR for all you do! 💕🐻💕

Oh my goodness! This is one of THE greatest pics ever! I know Dani is simply chilling, being a bear. But she looks like she is totally posing for the camera. That is awesome.

Dani is a beautiful girl bear, she's going to drive those Boy bears crazy❤ I hope we can still see those cutie cubbies when they are moved.

Dani is beautiful sitting in her tree posing for the camera! Can't wait to see how Otto and Rollo reacted in their new environment! Thank you for sharing!

She is something else! What Summit lacks in desire to mug for the camera, Dani more than makes up for! I swear she's posing.

For the outstanding work y'all do,,,,,it is no inconvenience. We know you are busy working hard at taking care of our "family".

I love her, I wish I could get that comfortable anywhere! 😍😍💕💖 Can't wait to see Otto and Rollo they are big boy now💙💙

Hello ABR. Thanks for the update. I though the two cubs were too young to go now the the Wild enclosure. Why did you décides on today? Thank you for your hard work. Bless you.❤

Dani Bear is one of the most photogenic bears I've seen. Great shot!! <3 Breathing a sigh of relief with the late post - I was afraid ABR had received another cub or yearling today. Glad to know it was wifi and camera problems!!

happy that all went well for Rollo and Otto. the kids are growing up. thank you for giving all "our" bears a second chance.

Well hellooooo ABR, and thank you for the Update on Rollo Cubby, Otto Cubby that they were released into Wild Enclosure #3, how awesome, cant wait to see these two little cubbies in their Wild Enclosure! Its going to be an adventure for them! We're really patient, sooo thats great that your working on the wifi, cameras, soo we'll wait patiently, we're family! Thank you for the update, very much Appreciated! Love you All.😀😀😀🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Dani looks like she is posing...trying to impress Summitt.

If you're pretty and you know it show your leg, if you're pretty and you know it show your leg 🎶

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1 day ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Otto and Rollo, our five-month-old orphaned black bear cubs, have adapted quickly to their new Acclimation Pen. A number of friends wondered how the curators captured the cubs for transport and why they had to move them at all: wasn't the plan to release them to the Wild Enclosure adjoining their old acclimation pen? Yes, that was the plan, but like so many plans in bear rescue, it had to be modified. The electrical wires that run along the interior perimeter of Wild Enclosure #2 (the original choice for the cubs) are spaced slightly higher apart than the wires in Wild Enclosure #3. Rollo has gained weight, but not enough height to satisfy the curator that he wouldn’t be harmed by getting between (and perhaps caught in) the wires. Wild Enclosure #3 is better suited to smallish cubs like Rollo, and as much as the curators hate handling the bears, they decided it was for the best.

We don’t sedate bears unless necessary. Since the cubs are still small and confined to a pen, Curators Coy and Janet caught them with a catch-pole, similar to those used by animal control workers. They worked quickly to transfer the cub to a carrier, then weighed it, subtracting the weight of the carrier to get the weight of the cub. This was a bonus for the curators; had they proceeded with the original plan, the cubs would have left their pen through a raised gate without being weighed. As you know, Otto weighs 20.4 pounds and Rollo weighs 15 pounds. If the cubs didn’t like the curators before, they really don’t like them now. Little bears may look cuddly and cute, but when captured they exhibit the Wolverine/Tasmanian Devil ancestry we’re sure is somewhere in their DNA. They’ve recovered from their ordeal (cubs and curators) and are ready for the next step on their road back to the wild (cubs, not curators).

After the chaos of cubs, it was a relief to see Dani and Summit taking their naps in a tree. Dani woke up briefly to stretch (she’s has quite a set of legs!), but Summitt didn’t bother, his dislike for the curator exhibited as indifference.

Hawkins reminded Janet he shares the cubs’ opinion of humans in general and curators in particular; he gave her enough huffs and swats to get his message across, loud and clear. Good, Hawkins!


As of June 21, 2017, the total donated to our “Return to The Wild” campaign is up to $5990.95! Thank you for helping us raise the $20,000 we need to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign” under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”.
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Otto and Rollo, our five-month-old orphaned black bear cubs, have adapted quickly to their new Acclimation Pen. A number of friends wondered how the curators captured the cubs for transport and why they had to move them at all: wasnt the plan to  release them to the Wild Enclosure adjoining their old acclimation pen? Yes, that was the plan, but like so many plans in bear rescue, it had to be modified. The electrical wires that run along the interior perimeter of Wild Enclosure #2 (the original choice for the cubs) are spaced slightly higher apart than the wires in Wild Enclosure #3. Rollo has gained weight, but not enough height to satisfy the curator that he wouldn’t be harmed by getting between (and perhaps caught in) the wires. Wild Enclosure #3 is better suited to smallish cubs like Rollo, and as much as the curators hate handling the bears, they decided it was for the best. 

We don’t sedate bears unless necessary. Since the cubs are still small and confined to a pen, Curators Coy and Janet caught them with a catch-pole, similar to those used by animal control workers. They worked quickly to transfer the cub to a carrier, then weighed it, subtracting the weight of the carrier to get the weight of the cub. This was a bonus for the curators; had they proceeded with the original plan, the cubs would have left their pen through a raised gate without being weighed. As you know, Otto weighs 20.4 pounds and Rollo weighs 15 pounds.  If the cubs didn’t like the curators before, they really don’t like them now. Little bears may look cuddly and cute, but when captured they exhibit the Wolverine/Tasmanian Devil ancestry we’re sure is somewhere in their DNA. They’ve recovered from their ordeal (cubs and curators) and are ready for the next step on their road back to the wild (cubs, not curators). 

After the chaos of cubs, it was a relief to see Dani and Summit taking their naps in a tree. Dani woke up briefly to stretch (she’s has quite a set of legs!), but Summitt didn’t bother, his dislike for the curator exhibited as indifference. 

Hawkins reminded Janet he shares the cubs’ opinion of humans in general and curators in particular; he gave her enough huffs and swats to get his message across, loud and clear. Good, Hawkins!
 

As of June 21, 2017, the total donated to our “Return to The Wild” campaign is up to $5990.95! Thank you for helping us raise the $20,000 we need to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign”  under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”.
https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/donate_page/donate?track=Website_Donate_Page_Link

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Thank you for the wild updates! I really enjoy reading them. I hope whoever is in charge of ABR reads the Facebook page, and this comment in particular. Your social media/ Facebook coordinator rocks! 😉 You always manage to relay the message in a manner that incites interest but are also very informative at the same time. To top it off, you manage to be funny! Glad the cubbies are doing well, and that the curators are not on the road to wildness...

Some of us cubbie fans don't like to use on line donation links, so will be mailing a check this week! Today's narrative was terrific, and really enjoy hearing about their daily escapades! ❤️🐻

Wow! A better workout than going to a gym😊 I fully understand how hard it is to control a wild animal in a catch pole. Better add grizzly bear to your description. I'm glad the cubbies are in a larger space. They will get to explore the big world. Redfox is doing a bit better but the fracture was quite bad. It will take time.

So, does this mean the curators have been completely habituated to humans and are unable to be returned to the wild? 😛 Thank you for the updates on all the bears!

I am going to donate another $9.05 just to see this number move. 🙂

Please don't release the curators to the wild! 😂

Again, thank you ABR for all the work and worry and Love that you unselfishly pour forth every day in caring for these precious creatures. And high paws to the wonderful creative funny person who writes the daily commentary! You are Fabulous!!! I would love to work along side you just to enjoy your brain!

Plans may change, but our love for these bears only grows. <3 So too, does our appreciation for all of you who make Appalachian Bear Rescue such a hospitable place for the bears and your visitors alike. 🐻🐻🐻🐻

Thank you for the explanation on catching/moving the cubs. My only experience that even comes close would be 'catching' a feral cat and putting in a carrier. They rarely weighed 20#... Kudos to the curators for making it happen. I hope there was little blood shed. I'm glad that part is over and I'll be eager to see the release into their wild enclosure. That should make for good stories and photos.

That fundraising goal hasn't budged for a week. You've seen Otto and Rollo eat. It takes some serious cash to keep those boys in delicious fruit. Those fabulous, favorite bear pellets aren't cheap either. Help a bear out. How can you say no to that face?

Thank you so much for little bears update. I love them and I love narratives about them. Thank you again for all you do for them. Every time I see a bear photo my thoughts goes to all of you and the wonderful work you do.

Surprised y'all use catch poles. I'd of thought you'd lure them into big TNR type traps with food much the same way stray cats are captured.

Thank you for sharing the pictures and updates! All the bears are looking great! Sounds like they are being bears like they are suppose to! On their way back into the wild!

The update is so helpful in understanding your efforts to give these precious cubs and yearlings the best chance of a good life. Thank you.

Wonderful pictures! Can't wait to see the boys in their enclosure i'm sure their antics will keep us all entertained!! Thanks ABR <3

Thank you for sharing...I love the updates...the bears have all come a long way.

Love the updates and best of all I love that the cubs do not like humans ...

Thank you ABR folks, for all the Good you do, and sacrifices you make to help these majestic bears ❤🐻

They're eating their way through the wheel? Wow! Good story and pictures! Thanks for all you do.

Rollo doesn't weigh as much as my cat. I hope he is there a long time.

Keep getting bigger and stronger, all ABR cubbies in residence!

You are so funny. I love these updates & I love these babies! 🐾❤️

As expected, your write up was very informative and humorous in part...thank you.......good job ABR......

I was thinking they so cute and cuddley, but cuddley they are not!! Best leave them alone. Good luck to to both of the little ones. And the people who take care of them, thank you!!

Thank you for your daily posts!! Makes my day.

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Otto and Rollo moved to Acclimation Pen # 3 in anticipation of their release to Wild Enclosure #3 early next week. Curators Coy and Janet took the opportunity to weigh the cubs: Otto weighs 20.4 pounds and Rollo weighs 15 pounds.The bears raised the kind of ruckus we expect and want from wild bears, but the curators were quick, and the cubs were soon in their new pen. Otto has been in it before; you may remember he transitioned from The Cub House to this pen, then back to The Cub House when he stopped eating. This move was less traumatic; Otto is older and he has Rollo. The cubs scampered up to the platform, took advantage of the Cub Tub and found the Food Wheel. For those of you keeping up with the latest food trends at ABR, fashionable cubs now eat whole pears first, followed by whole plums. Berries, grapes and bear diet pellets are left for last.

We had high winds overnight, and with yearlings in the Wild Enclosure, that made it a night of worry for Curator Janet. She was up at dawn to check on Summitt and Dani and found them sharing a branch, looking well. (We’ll pause here for a communal sigh of relief.) Bears are bears and bears will climb, whether we want them to or not.

Hawkins continues his recovery. So far, he’s content to stay in the pen and we’re happy to let him. He’s eating well and resting; Curator Janet reports his scat is not as odiferous as it was yesterday and that’s saying a lot.

As of June 21, 2017, the total donated to our “Return to The Wild” campaign is up to $5990.95! Thank you for helping us raise the $20,000 we need to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign” under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”.
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Otto and Rollo moved to Acclimation Pen # 3 in anticipation of their release to Wild Enclosure #3 early next week. Curators Coy and Janet took the opportunity to weigh the cubs: Otto weighs 20.4 pounds and Rollo weighs 15 pounds.The bears raised the kind of ruckus we expect and want from wild bears, but the curators were quick, and the cubs were soon in their new pen. Otto has been in it before; you may remember he transitioned from The Cub House to this pen, then back to The Cub House when he stopped eating. This move was less traumatic; Otto is older and he has Rollo. The cubs scampered up to the platform, took advantage of the Cub Tub and found the Food Wheel. For those of you keeping up with the latest food trends at ABR, fashionable cubs now eat whole pears first, followed by whole plums. Berries, grapes and bear diet pellets are left for last.

We had high winds overnight, and with yearlings in the Wild Enclosure, that made it a night of worry for Curator Janet. She was up at dawn to check on Summitt and Dani and found them sharing a branch, looking well. (We’ll pause here for a communal sigh of relief.)  Bears are bears and bears will climb, whether we want them to or not.

Hawkins continues his recovery. So far, he’s content to stay in the pen and we’re happy to let him. He’s eating well and resting; Curator Janet reports his scat is not as odiferous as it was yesterday and that’s saying a lot.  

As of June 21, 2017, the total donated to our “Return to The Wild” campaign is up to $5990.95! Thank you for helping us raise the $20,000 we need to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign”  under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”.
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Now my curiosity is peaked. At some point, convenient to you, would you please explain how you manage to move 20# cubs? Do you pick them up like pups ? (I can't imagine that is the case.) Your commentary mentioned that they were less than pleased with the idea, but exactly how does one capture and move a reluctant bear? Their claws are formidable.... I would imagine they could bite as well.... There must be a fine line between getting the job done and not causing undue emotional distress.

When Otto and Rollo leave wild enclosure #3 will they be released together at the same place or different times and places. Surely they will miss each others company if they're separated,or maybe I'm thinking to much like a human..glad Summitt and Dani survived the windy night together..and Hawkins is still doing well .and not so smelly,bless him..

I cannot say thank you to you all enough for the care and attention you give these bears and to us. These bears are so fascinating. Thank you for teaching us all so much about bears. Do I recall that Rollo was five pounds lighter than Otto when he arrived? If so, the difference continues, but as they get bigger, five pounds will be less of a difference. May they all continue to thrive. Have you noticed any change in Hawkins' limp?

How old are the cubs and what is the survival rate for these young bears with no parental training after their release into the wild?

Do you have a "scale" that measures the odiferousness of scat or is this just a personal observation based on proximity to prior scat findings? 🤣

If Dani and Summitt were in the wild, would they normally hang around each other? I always thought bears were loners after the cub stage. They seem quite content with each other.

Are you saying they will be leaving at their age and weight outside or in the mountains.

How difficult is it to get a huffy little bear into a carrier for transport to his new digs? I'm imagining several times worse than stuffing a recalcitrant cat into a Petmate for a trip to the vet.

Will Otto and Rollo be in the same place as Dani and Summitt?

ROFL " For those of you keeping up with the latest food trends at ABR, fashionable cubs now eat.........." !!! Thank you Curator Janet for rising at dawn to check on Summitt Bear & Dani Bear and for the "good" report on Hawkins Bear and his scat! lol I'm so happy Hawkins Bear is resting and not demanding to leave his pen. As for the Dynamic Duo, glad they found the Cub Tub and of course found the Food Wheel. LOL at eating the bear pellets last!

Glad everyone survived the high winds! Thankful that Dani and Summitt wasn't hurt in those trees! Little Rollo and Otto are growing. It's all that good food and care they are getting. Happy that Hawkins is recovering well. Thank you for sharing the pictures and updates!

Changes everyday. Enjoy those close ups of the Cubbies while you can. It may be Hide and Seek when they are freed in the Big Pen. Oh but the Fun they will have and all those new flavors to be tasted. I still don't want to Think about their tree climbing.

Thank you for the update, I know I'll worry about the boys when they go to the wild enclosure they are still so small, but yet I know you all will watch them to make sure they are ok

Very good for everyone at ABR,,, THE cubs are a step closer to being free,,, not that id have any complaints! And good to know Summitt and Dani are good friends too, Hawkins ,, im glad you seem to be doing well also, youll be out with the big kids soon, while Otto and Rollo have a different place, all good for everyone! Have a restful night. ?.

Always good to read that all the bears are safe and well. I hope Curator Janet gets time to snatch a few hours sleep today after last night's winds. Thanks for the chuckle over the latest food trends. 😀

The main reason I'm still on Faceook is ABR. Once I see the daily post my day is complete. Virtual bear hugs to the bears, those in residence currently and all those who've been there before More hugs to the ABR people, the UT vets and all of the loving, caring people who love the bears and take a moment to comment or ask a question.

You really make my day with all the detailed updates each day and pictures of the cubbies! You all are the greatest!! Thank you for all you do!

It's great to hear the gang are doing well after a round of rough weather. Also, glad to hear the Cubs are eating well and growing. Thank you, ABR, for all your dedication and care for "our" bears.

So glad everyone is doing so well. I'm glad the babies are doing so well that they can go to the wild enclosure, but I'm sad because we won't be able to see them as much.

Such beautiful creatures ~ makes my heart melt ~ and so happy they all have you to give them a 2nd chance ~ xoxoxo

The updates are too funny "fashionable cubs" and all. I enjoy reading your posts everyday nearly as much as seeing photos of your young charges. Thank you very much for taking the time to update us as well as taking such good care of our furry friends! ❤️🐻

Just love seeing these little cubs ❤.... Thankyou so much ABR for all you do 👍

Good job boys and girl. You are in loving caring hands preparing you for your own life in the wild.

Thank you all for the love and amazing care you give the Cubs . Would love to be there to watch. Love the Bears.!!❤️🙏

How old do the cubs have to be before they are released into the wild or is it based on something else, like their weight?

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3 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

It’s been raining, and there’s a lot more to come. Rain means nothing to our bears. It’s nature’s way of giving them a shower, something Hawkins could use. Confinement to a pen, even with a pool and twice-daily hosing, isn’t conducive to proper bear hygiene, at least from a human point of smell. To complicate matters, we don’t want him to move very much, so if Hawkins doesn’t mind, the curators will continue to hold their nose on approach. He’s doing well, eating what we offer, and excreting just as much, if not more. Hawkins is “poop-meister”! 😀

Dani and Summitt chose to occupy the same tree, this time with Dani on the lower branch. There are other trees they can use, so if the bears don’t want company, they can be alone. It leads us to believe the yearlings are together because they want to be. That makes us happy on two counts: 1. It’s better their relationship is friendly. 2: If they continue to hang out together, Summitt may be less likely to disappear into the undergrowth and will be easier to observe. At least, we hope he will.

Otto and Rollo are doing well. Rollo tackled a pear half as big as his head and did a good job with it. Otto couldn’t help but want one too. Soon, the cubs will have to rely on solid, whole food as the major component of their diet. The curators are keeping an eye on the weather forecast, hoping for a stretch of sunny, warm days so the cubs can be released to a Wild Enclosure.

As of June 21, 2017, the total donated to our “Return to The Wild” campaign is up to $5990.95! Thank you for helping us raise the $20,000 we need to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign” under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”.
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It’s been raining, and there’s a lot more to come. Rain means nothing to our bears. It’s nature’s way of giving them a shower, something Hawkins could use. Confinement to a pen, even with a pool and twice-daily hosing, isn’t conducive to proper bear hygiene, at least from a human point of smell. To complicate matters, we don’t want him to move very much, so if Hawkins doesn’t mind, the curators will continue to hold their nose on approach. He’s doing well, eating what we offer, and excreting just as much, if not more. Hawkins is “poop-meister”! 😀

Dani and Summitt chose to occupy the same tree, this time with Dani on the lower branch. There are other trees they can use, so if the bears don’t want company, they can be alone. It leads us to believe the yearlings are together because they want to be. That makes us happy on two counts: 1. It’s better their relationship is friendly. 2: If they continue to hang out together, Summitt may be less likely to disappear into the undergrowth and will be easier to observe. At least, we hope he will. 

Otto and Rollo are doing well. Rollo tackled a pear half as big as his head and did a good job with it. Otto couldn’t help but want one too. Soon, the cubs will have to rely on solid, whole food as the major component of their diet. The curators are keeping an eye on the weather forecast, hoping for a stretch of sunny, warm days so the cubs can be released to a Wild Enclosure. 

As of June 21, 2017, the total donated to our “Return to The Wild” campaign is up to $5990.95! Thank you for helping us raise the $20,000 we need to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign”  under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”.
https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/donate_page/donate?track=Website_Donate_Page_Link

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Oh my, not quite sure I'm prepared for Otto & Rollo to go to a Wild Enclosure! lol Two questions: Are those blackberries in the bowl? And are they getting only one bowl of food now? Seems I remember you mentioned something about one bowl before going to a Wild Enclosure.

Are the cubs still getting their pellets in with the fruit juice? Will you give them pellets without juice before they go into the wild enclosure, or are you certain that they will eat them "au naturale" despite their pickiness a couple of weeks ago?

ABR, do bears usually smell or is it just because Hawkins is in a pen? Maybe the next time you fill his pool you could add some bubble bath. LOL Bless his heart!

I've been thinking about Ellis Bear and wondering If the food fed is organic. I realize children develop quicker if foods eaten is not organic so I would assume bears would develop in the same.

Will Rollo and Otto be in the same wild area as Dani and Summit? Hope they accept them as well as each of the pairs accepted each other. Fingers crossed 🙂

Lol luv the pictures of all the bear's !!! Will Summit & Dani possibly mate in the wild ?

Regarding Hawkins ..... Have you considered a leaf/bird/patio mister that attaches to a garden hose? I purchased an inexpensive one several years ago for a small garden area but use it frequently aimed at my chair on the back porch! I can't post the info here, so please look for a PM.

How will they find such good food in the Wild.

I like to think that the friendship is making Summit a little less stressed about his situation? He feels more at ease in the company of another yearling. I know eventually they will part ways and lead more solitary lives , but right now Danni is what he needs to feel comfortable?

it is like a gift to have news of all the bears everyday. I am glad to see them looking so good. You are doing a great job!

Great work ABR!!!! Looks like all of your guests are getting more healthy and preparing to be wild bears!!!! Even the little cubbies are eating food that's huge compared to them!!!! So good to see and hear all the wonderful updates.... Keep up the great work all of you!!!!

Pears are my favorite fruit, so glad to see Rollo and Otto enjoying them, too! Good to see Dani and Summitt getting along so well. Too bad Hawkins couldn't have taken advantage of today's hard rain to have a good shower! Maybe soon.❤️🐻

Happy to hear that Hawkins is doing well! Hope he continues getting better! I'm sure he doesn't think he smells bad! Glad to be seeing more of Summitt! Dani must be special to him. Otto and Rollo are so cute eating those big pears.

Glad to hear Summitt and Dani are doing well, glad they like each other! Can't wait to see the reaction on Itto and Rollo's face when they enter their enclosure 😊 Poor Hawkins continue to get better handsome! Thank you ABR

So sweet! I didn't realize many of them have a strong odor. I've been pretty close to a few of them, and never noticed it. Thanks for the fine work you are doing!

Continue to be happy that Hawkins is takin it easy on the road to recovery. I hope that big food in and big poop out indicates no gut problems related to his injuries.

ABR you do such a wonderful job, thanks for these lovely pics and the update, so good to know all your bears are doing well.

I never grow tired of seeing the photos of the cubs, Makes my day.

Hawkins Bear seems to be sitting up better & looking more alert & confident in every photo. I'm so glad!

Everyone have a great weekend and Thanks for the pictures and updates.

That is great news Bears. Keep up the good work and you'll soon be free as you were born to be. 😍

Happy things are going so well for all the cubs and can't wait to see how the cubs react to a wild enclosure!! <3

Glad to hear they're all doing well including Mr. Stinky. Thank you ABR for taking care of the Cubbies and Yearlings

Hawkins is a poop-meister .....as a nurse I applaud that . So important for good health.

He is eating which is good. When he feels better, I bet he will take care of his hygiene too, no?

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4 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

We chose January 22 as the “official” birthdate for all bears who come to ABR because it falls roughly mid-way in the range of possible birthdates (early January to early February). Today, Otto and Rollo are 5-months old, and Summitt, Dani and Hawkins are 17-months old. They’ve endured so much in their short lives, and wouldn’t have survived without your help. They're doing well and have a second chance at life in the wild. That's the best present they could receive. Thank you. ❤️

We’re thrilled you’ve brought the total donated up to $5990.95! Thank you for helping us raise the $20,000 we need to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign” under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”.
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We chose January 22 as the “official” birthdate for all bears who come to ABR because it falls roughly mid-way in the range of possible birthdates (early January to early February). Today, Otto and Rollo are 5-months old, and  Summitt, Dani and Hawkins are 17-months old. They’ve endured  so much in their short lives, and wouldn’t have survived without your help. Theyre doing well and have a second chance at life in the wild. Thats the best present they could receive. Thank you. ❤️

We’re thrilled you’ve brought the total donated up to $5990.95! Thank you for helping us raise the $20,000 we need to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign”  under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”.
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Happy birthday, bears! Such a wonderful thing to follow their progress. You all do amazing work! At what point do they get their ears tagged (imprecise terminology, I feel certain)? I notice that Summit, Dani, and Hawkins have these but not Otto and Rollo -- or at least I can't see theirs. Is it because they are not in an outdoor enclosure yet?

Such beautiful and awesome creatures! Thank you for helping these babies and for helping change the incorrect and negative perceptions some people have of bears! How could you ever want to shoot a bear after seeing a beautiful future mom like Dani bear? Or the adorable pair of Rollo and Otto , who could have lost their mothers to a hunter. How could anyone want to orphan and condemn two wonderful little lives? How about that Summit Bear, after all he's been through, including the first blood transfusion on a bear, he isnt habituated to humans in the least, and shows just how truly elusive and private these animals are, even after above average amounts of human contact . And Brave Hawkins, showing just how vulnerable these creatures are, and how hard their lives already are without people hunting and murdering them, recovering from being hit by the car at such a young age. They already have to deal with our roadways and housing carving up and separating and limiting what little territory they have left. And our motorvehicles to contend with. It's tough for a bear out there! Let's not make their lives any harder than they are. You guys are true heroes! I say it all the time, and I'll never stop. I have much admiration of both your massive hearts and keen intellects. Your intelligence, love, patience, and wisdom shine through your social media posts, and are very inspirational! Love this page and all the cubs and yearlings and bears you help! Long live all 🐻's! And bless all ABR Alma Mater and current residents!

Ellis bear is the best example of your work that I've seen. It appears he has been given a chance to pass his DNA along. To me thats the biggest proof of your work. What better proof for the work you people have done. Until 2 years ago I hardly knew anything about bears except for the few times we've seen them at Cades Cove in the past

Wonderful to see/hear all is going well. Every day is a celebration – this is the day that the Lord has made for all his creations 🙏

So thankful that these 5 , Otto, Rollo, Summitt,Dani & Hawkins get to have this Birthday today ,and all the ones before them that got their second chance ,because of people that care & love these magnificent animals! So thank you to everyone that do what you do for our beautiful Bears ...and all the supporters of ABR !

Someone here mentioned hunting bears which really bothers me now that I have seen the bears at ABR. I know North Carolina has a huge bear population in their eastern counties. I've always wondered how many tiny bears get orphaned and die a slow death because their mother was shot and killed. Nobody seems to talk about this as a problem. But, some of the bears that get shot have to be females with baby cubs with them. Without their mother they will die.s

I hope that these Pictures gave you all as much satisfaction as it did me. Beautiful cubs, yearlings and a fine male bear. Happy Birthday to one and all. I see the changes in each one and Happy they have a Safe Domain til they return Home. Thank you A.B.R.

Those all-knowing eyes in such young babes...💋love them little ones soooo much...bears are very special spiritual beings...we are required by natures law & all that's sacred to protect them

Happy Birthday to Otto, Rollo, Summitt, Dani and of course Hawkins!! (🌰🎂 acorn cake😊) thank you ABR for giving them abscond chance yes we would like to see the cubs with their moms and Summit, Dani and Hawkins had a bump on the road but they have all you and UT Med to help heal them and ABR to help them get chubby healthy and back to being free🙏🏻

These are beautiful!!! What a wonderful job you all do taking care of these precious cubs... a true gift from God!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️

Did they get a treat? No sign of any hornets nests??? I always thought bears & honey was something out of story books till I stumbled an ABR

It's thanks to all involved in their rescue and the best of care they receive at the hands of the vets and ABR personnel that they have all reached this milestone today. Happy birthday beautiful bears. ❣️❣️❣️

Awwwwwwwwwh, be still my heart!! Love all these babies!! Thank you,thank you for all that each and everyone there does 24/7 for all of them! 🙂

Happy Birthday to Otto and Rollo, and Dani, Summitt and Hawkins. I am sure you will all get special treats in honor of all your B-day's. Enjoy!!!

Happy Birthday to the Fab Five. Thanks for the great pics ABR and for all the love and caring you give to these special bears. Love them so much. 🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️

Otto and Rollo bears have no ear tags! Or am I just not seeing them??

Happy birthday to 2 cubs and 3 yearlings. Enjoy your stay at ABR and you will be free soon.

Happy birthday to.all! Everyone sounds like they're doing well!..thank you ABR!

Happy Birthday to all the Bears they are fortunate to have such good caretakers until they join the wild from which they came

Happy birthday Otto, Rollo, Dani, Summitt and Hawkins! Enjoy your day sweet ones! Thank you ABR for all that you do!

Happy birthday, our little bears!! Continue to improve.........thank you, ABR!

Happy 🎂 2 all the Bears at ABR & bless u all at ABR 4 all u do 4 the Bears❤❤❤❤❤ u guys.....BEAR LIVES MATTERS

Hawkins has such a long lanky snout. Love those babies.

Happy Birthday to our cubbies and yearlings !! Love all of you 😘😘😘😘😘

Happy Birthday cubbies, ABR is giving you the chance to live a long happy bear life.

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5 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

It’s the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. Our resident bears marked it by not doing anything out of the ordinary: Otto and Rollo ate peaceably from one bowl, Hawkins huffed at the curator, Dani looked like she was levitating in her tree, and Summit, a few branches down, napped in the sunlight. Our bears are doing well and we’re grateful.

We’ve received reports that the soft mast (blackberries and blueberries) are nearly ripe in the lower elevations. One observer told us about a bear family patrolling a blackberry patch in the National Park. Mother and her cubs come every day to check on the ripeness of the fruit and will soon be rewarded for their patience.

We’re thrilled you’ve brought the total donated up to $5,990.95! Thank you for helping us raise the $20,000 we need to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign” under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”. We hope to post “Return to the Wild” Campaign updates every Wednesday.
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On a sadder note, we’d like to offer our sympathy to the folks at The Gentle Barn Tennessee who lost Dudley yesterday. Dudley found love and compassion at The Gentle Barn and was an inspiration to all who met him. We will miss our bovine friend. ❤️

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It’s the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. Our resident bears marked it by not doing anything out of the ordinary: Otto and Rollo ate peaceably from one bowl, Hawkins huffed at the curator, Dani looked like she was levitating in her tree, and Summit, a few branches down, napped in the sunlight. Our bears are doing well and we’re grateful. 

We’ve received reports that the soft mast (blackberries and blueberries) are nearly ripe in the lower elevations. One observer told us about a bear family patrolling a blackberry patch in the National Park. Mother and her cubs come every day to check on the ripeness of the fruit and will soon be rewarded for their patience. 

We’re thrilled you’ve brought the total donated up to $5,990.95! Thank you for helping us raise the $20,000 we need to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign”  under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”. We hope to post “Return to the Wild” Campaign updates every Wednesday.
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On a sadder note, we’d like to offer our sympathy to the folks at The Gentle Barn Tennessee who lost Dudley yesterday. Dudley found love and compassion at The Gentle Barn and was an inspiration to all who met him. We will miss our bovine friend. ❤️

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First let me give praise and thankfulness to ABR you are doing a beautiful job. I do have a question about the feedings...will the bears have an association with the manmade feeding dishes in later life vs say a hollowed out log or something when looking for food in the wild? Since they live in the forest when released if they come up on a homestead I have to wonder would they associate it with food or danger?

Blackberries are about ready down along the river bottoms. We live 2 miles off of I-81, near the Nolichucky river. Seen a cub running across Fish Hatchery Rd at midnight, momma can't be to far behind. That was a week ago.

These bears are doing so well. Your expertise shines through every post you put out. Every day I wonder how the cubbies are doing at ABR. I also follow wolf news. Accross the Atlantic you have fans. I'm in my seventies. As a child if someone had told me one day I could 'talk' to people about animals any where in the world I would have thought them mad!! ABR Thank you for all you do.♡. Uk

Was by the ABR office and gift shop today. Bought some goodies and had a nice conversation with the ladies there. Thank you again ABR for all the good work you do to return all these sweet bears to the wild. Y'all are awesome!!

If 2 bears raised together at ABR are released in the same area will they respect each other if they cross paths or would there be a chance that they would get in a scuffle?

Sweet of ABR to acknowledge the short but inspirational life of Dudley. He was an amazing animal who touched people, even those who (like me) never actually met him. He will be missed! Meanwhile, watching ABR care for these darling bears continues to brighten my days. <3

The loss of Dudley will be with all who followed his story for a while. I feel like I have a hole in my heart. I can't imagine what his caregivers are feeling. Then I come to ABR and I smile. Thank You for what you do. It's more important to us than you'll ever know.

I can't wait for all my blackberries to ripen. There seems to be an overload of them. Mine are just turning red. I also have an abundance of apples this year. The bears look like they are easing right into summer. Thank you for the updates and a the work and worry. What a big job you have. Sorry to hear of Dudley. I sure he will be missed.

Thank you for all you do for the resident bears. You are truly God sent. It breaks my heart about Dudley; I'm thankful for those folks, too, for giving him a loving home for two years.........plus, a new lease on life with the prosthetic. RIP, Dudley.

all is peaceful, happy and well. best news possible. but oh those levitating bears lol. your nerves are stronger than mine! sad for the loss of dudley though. rip

I had never heard the story, nor did I know of Dudley's existence. I went to the website & shed many tears for him. They are special people there, just as there are at ABR.

Everything seems to be running smoothly for all of you at the moment, hopefully it will last,longest day of the year and it's another ordinary day for the cubbies it's great that they're all doing so well,we have a heatwave here,makes a change from the rain we're known for,but like the cubbies I'm afraid I'm doing the same as Hawkins huffing and puffing,,great the fruits are nearly ripe and ready for all the bears to feed on,hopefully there'll be an abundance of them,,,

So glad all the bears are doing well!! Glad to hear the blackberry's are almost ready for bear family's!! So sorry to hear about Dudley such a awesome cow, so sorry for the Gentle Barn💔😢 Thank you ABR💛🐾🐾

I've been hiking the Appalachians for years and have only seen bears in a tree once (Shenandoah NP). I wonder how many I walked right under without seeing them? I'm usually looking at my feet to keep from tripping on rocks and roots. From these photos it seems bears love lounging in trees.

I had not heard about Dudley yet. I just last week saw his story. How sad. On the other hand, how wonderful that the ABR residents are doing so well. 🙂

Everywhere you look bears, bears, bears. Hanging out, eating, they're just everywhere. Soon they will be old enough to be out on their own , I wonder if they'll miss each other or just get used to being alone.

Loving that everyone had a beautiful summer day. Thank you for all you do ABR and thank you for remembering Dudley too. 💕🐻💕💔

Thanks for your daily posts, it's my morning newspaper in Germany! Thanks for your amazing job for the bears and pur nature!!!

I've been wondering if you knew about Gentle Barn. Such a sad day yesterday. Thanks for all you do for the bears and thanks for keeping us posted. <3

So sorry about Dudley..Once you said that i went to the Gentle Barn Tennessee site and read his story 🙁

Happy Summer to all. Love the photos of the bears, all so content. Thanks ABR for the amazing work you do. 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻💕

Happy 1 st day of summer!! Glad all the bears are doing well . Love the photos ,sorry about Dudley 😢

So happy they are all doing well- it is your great work and caring.....

Glad to see all your residents are doing well......ghank you for the update

Happy to hear that all is well at ABR! Thank you for sharing!

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6 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Not long ago, the curators had to chop fruit into tiny pieces for the cubs, but Rollo and Otto are now big little bears and can eat their fruit whole. From his platform, Rollo saw a choice plum and headed straight for it, ignoring Otto’s grapes, Otto’s bum and his own favorite… blueberries. Otto was into his food in more ways than one, and left his pen-mate to munch on the plum in peace.

It was Dani’s turn to decline the limelight; Summitt filled in for her, allowing Curator Tom to take a quick photo just before disappearing into the undergrowth. We’d love to know what sparked the end of Summitt’s reclusive behavior; we’ll attribute it to Dani moving in.

Hawkins continues his convalescence. He hasn't exhibited any anxiety over his confinement yet. We count each day he remains tranquil as a gift.

We’ll post the weekly update on our Return to the Wild Campaign tomorrow. Thank you for your generous support. We’re trying to raise $20,000 to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign” under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”.
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Not long ago, the curators had to chop fruit into tiny pieces for the cubs, but Rollo and Otto are now big little bears and can eat their fruit whole. From his platform, Rollo saw a choice plum and headed straight for it, ignoring Otto’s grapes, Otto’s bum and his own favorite… blueberries. Otto was into his food in more ways than one, and left his pen-mate to munch on the plum in peace.

It was Dani’s turn to decline the limelight; Summitt filled in for her, allowing Curator Tom to take a quick photo just before disappearing into the undergrowth. We’d love to know what sparked the end of  Summitt’s reclusive behavior; we’ll attribute it to Dani moving in. 

Hawkins continues his convalescence. He hasnt exhibited any anxiety over his confinement yet. We count each day he remains tranquil as a gift. 

We’ll post the weekly update on our Return to the Wild Campaign tomorrow. Thank you for your generous support. We’re trying to raise $20,000 to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign”  under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”.
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At what point does Hawkins lack of interest for the wild become an issue?

Two little chubby Cubs are getting bigger how awesome! My thought is Summitt came out for Dani 🤗 I am glad Hawkins is resting by him not showing anytime anxiety mean he is still in pain ? Thank ABR💛

Since I'm fairly new to this page, can you tell me how you choose names for the bears? They are so cute and it's amazing to see their different personalities; just like people!

Sorry if this has been asked before. Do the bears run off with the plates (leashes on the plates)?? Or maybe that's how you retrieve the plates so as not to disturb them?

How are the 'big little bears' (I like that) doing with the new feeding schedule? Were their bowls empty?

Do the cubbies also have a pool to cool off in ? I don't think I've seen this asked before...

I hope this isn't a silly question. Lol. Do bears eat the pits inside of the plums?

You have said Hawkins is limping. Is that a concern? Is it something that can't be fixed

Have you ever rescued/rehabbed any adult bears?

How long do the cubs eyes stay blue?

Each day truly is a gift. A gift filled with hard work, love and care. A gift all tied up tight with heartstrings, and sometimes tears. Thank you ABR for giving all the cubbies in your care a second chance at life. That's the best gift.

Our little cubbies are getting so big! Happy to see them growing so fast! Summitt decided to come out of hiding since Dani is around! Maybe he wanted to show her how handsome he is! Continued prayers for Hawkins! Thank you for the update!

I think Summit is happy to see one of his own kind. It had to be frightening for him to be isolated from all that he knew. Those two little ones are a hoot! And, I hope Hawkins continues to heal. He is a handsome bear!

These Cubs provide endless amusement for us - but we only get glimpses of the behind the scenes hard work the curators do - when they let us. Xxx

Glad to see all is well. We are all still concerned about Hawkins, but only time will tell. Thanks for the great care you give the cubs! ❤️🐻

Rollo has such a cheeky look on his face. So pleased to hear that Hawkins is making steady progress. If only they knew how many of us are praying for them.

The Cubs are really getting big. ABR does an awesome job! Thanks for all you do.

Glad all is well with the little 🐻 bears. Thank you ABR for taking care of the Cubbies and the Yearlings

Otto and Rollo are growing but they still have such sweet baby faces

We have had black bears on our property on several occasions.

Those babies are too cute, it's wonderful that everyone is happy and healthy

These updates are always one of the highlights of my days! Thank you ABR!

Those 2 little ones just make my day every day 🙂 <3

Our little bears are growing up!

Yay !!!! All residents are gettin it !!!

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7 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Our friends will remember that last fall, Ms. Prescott’s fifth grade class from Barkstall Elementary School in Illinois, decided to collect can tabs to benefit the cubs of Appalachian Bear Rescue. The industrious children worked hard for the rest of the year and collected 50 pounds of can tabs! That translated into a donation of $100 for the bears of ABR. We’re touched by the generosity of these children and the dedication of Ms. Prescott. Our cubs can teach children about sharing the planet we all call home, and children can teach us that compassion is a verb: to care, one must do. Thank you for caring, kids. Thank you, Ms. Prescott.

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Our friends will remember that last fall, Ms. Prescott’s fifth grade class from Barkstall Elementary School in Illinois, decided to collect can tabs to benefit the cubs of Appalachian Bear Rescue. The industrious children worked hard for the rest of the year and collected 50 pounds of can tabs!  That translated into a donation of  $100 for the bears of ABR. We’re touched by the generosity of these children and the dedication of Ms. Prescott.  Our cubs can teach children about sharing the planet we all call home, and children can teach us that compassion is a verb: to care, one must do. Thank you for caring, kids. Thank you, Ms. Prescott. 

We’ll post an update on our bears late this afternoon.

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Thank you Ms. Prescott for getting your wonderful students involved in such a worthy project and thank you to each and every child for helping our bears.

What a wonderful teacher! Projects like this teach caring and bring children together with nature. Well done.

Thanks to Ms. Prescott and her students for helping the bears! Finnegan was an amazing cub and loved by so many!

It just goes to show how something as small as a can tab can be important if you put enough together. I know the cubs thank you!!!

Great job! Awesome students deserve an awesome teacher. And vice versa. With students who care, we can know that the future is a little brighter.

Thank you to the children for working so hard .. you are the future

Thank you Ms. Prescott and your class from Barkstall Elementary School!!!

What a great project! Teaches charity and respect for animals. Congratulations!

Hopefully their generation will be more compassionate to animals.

Wonderful Job - Very Very proud of the students. Great pics 🙂

Thanks Ms Prescott and your students for such a great and worthwhile effort to help the bears.well done.👍

What a wonderful and selfless act. Great kids..Great life lessons

Wow! GREAT TEACHERS teaching great kids. Well done and deep gratitude to you all!

Great project idea! Thank you to the teacher and students for working so hard to give these bears a second chance in life!

Thank you to Ms. Prescott and her cubby bear helpers, what a wonderful group of students. You should be very proud!

So proud of these kids and their awesome teacher!!

That's awesome! Thank You Mrs. Prescott and her class!

Thanks to everyone in Ms. Prescott’s fifth grade class!

Carry it forward kids, and always Be Kind.

Whoo Hooo!! Great job!!!

cheers to Ms. Prescott and her students.

Way to go Mrs. Prescott and kids! You all rock!

Such a great group of kids.

Awesome!!!!

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1 week ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

To see Summitt twice in two days is remarkable. He’s taken up residence in Dani’s tree and their cohabitation seems peaceful, both above and on the ground. The curators are begining to prepare Otto and Rollo for release to a Wild Enclosure by reducing feedings to once a day. They give the cubs big bowls of food that should last them for 24 hours. If it doesn’t, the curators will increase the amount until there are leftovers. Hawkins Bear retreated behind the climbing post in his pen and peered at the curator. So far, he’s amenable to living in the Acclimation Pen, and we wonder if he understands we mean no harm. Since he’s still sore from his accident and walks with a limp, he might be willing to give us more time if we keep our distance. He’s doing well, so the curators have reduced their visits to a minimum to diminish his stress.

Thank you for your support of our “Return to The Wild” Campaign. We’re trying to raise $20,000 to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign” under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”.
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To see Summitt twice in two days is remarkable. He’s taken up residence in Dani’s tree and their cohabitation seems peaceful, both above and on the ground. The curators are begining to  prepare Otto and Rollo for release to a Wild Enclosure by reducing feedings to once a day. They give the cubs big bowls of food that should last them for 24 hours. If it doesn’t, the curators will increase the amount until there are leftovers. Hawkins Bear retreated behind the climbing post in his pen and peered at the curator. So far, he’s amenable to living in the Acclimation Pen, and we wonder if he understands we mean no harm. Since he’s still sore from his accident and walks with a limp, he might be willing to give us more time if we keep our distance. He’s doing well, so the curators have reduced their visits to a minimum to diminish his stress. 

Thank you for your support of our “Return to The Wild” Campaign. We’re trying to raise $20,000 to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign”  under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”.
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Hi, Appalachian Bear Rescue. I understand that the bear on the "bottom of the tree" controls the tree because he/she controls the right to climb up or down. Since Summitt is now the "bottom bear" in Dani's tree, is it unusual for two bears who don't "know" each other to climb the same tree? Just wondering if Summitt "asked" permission to be in the same tree.

The Cubs will be released in their own wild enclosure, right? Not with Summit and Dani. Also, will the Cubs have a pool? I have such fond memories of Finnigan in the pool😂😂

Will you be limiting access to the taller/unstable trees in the cubs' new enclosure? I know it is not possible to do a massive tree trimming project with bears in residence but was hoping that the more unstable culprits could be wrapped to discourage ascent. (Not like you haven't already done this, lol. I'm just busy clucking around worrying about 10 pound baby bears sailing through the air). Thanks 😍

Seems y'all have a very amenable bunch of bears this year. So glad the ego trips are relatively short. However, will Hawkins be put out with Dani and Summitt or in a separate enclosure?

Isn't it NOT GOOD that Hawkins Bear sees people as meaning no harm? Couldn't that do them in in the wild, having no fear of people?

I've been out of the FB loop for a week and a half and it seems I have some catching up to do! Dani Bear? Hawkins Bear?

I'm so happy to hear that the bears seem to be getting along well. Rollo and Otto will go nuts when released to a wild enclosure! So much to see and do. So many trees to climb and leafy plants to hide under. 👍 Glad to hear Hawkins is still seemingly content in the pen for now while his battered body continues to heal. Summitt and Dani have formed a peaceful companionship, yearling bear style. 👍

I wonder if Summitt's curiosity of Dani had him come out from hiding what ever reason sure is nice to see him and Dani getting a long!! Can't believe Otto and Rollo are going to be released to wild enclosure, I bet they make a fuss about bit enough food! Just love these two together 😊 Happy Hawkins is doing well I pray he gets better from his limp!!!

I love love love that picture of Summit! I guess he heard that model show on TV has men as well as ladies. He has decided to give Dani some competition!! And I do think that animals learn quickly when humans mean no harm. I am just happy he is keeping his distance like a bear should. Sounds like Rollo and Otto are about to began a new adventure.

Happy to see Summitt and Dani sharing the same tree again! Glad they have each other. Can't wait to see Otto and Rollo in the Wild Enclosure! Continued prayers for Hawkins that he will heal completely so he can enjoy his life back in the wild! Thank you for sharing the pictures and updates!

Summitt is so handsome, and great that he allows Dani to live on the same tree. I really love that they all have another soul to keep them company even that they are by themselves in the wild!

I could not live having to say good-bye to so many beautiful creatures.

ABR, we love you all. Sweet bears at the ABR Spa.....Room service and your own pool. Enjoy.

The photos of Dani and Summit should be the face of a greeting card.

You are doing a wonderful job rehabilitating the bears...it must be very rewarding. Thank you for sharing.

Love the pics of Dani and Summitt. It amazes me how they can be comfortable perched on those branches! 🙂

Bravo, one and all--all bears and all ABR workers, volunteers, donors.

I'm looking forward to the day those two little ones venture out into the Wild Enclosure. 🙂

Hi, Summit Bear! Nice to see you sometimes because you are quite handsome!

What is the next step for Hawkins bear? Will he be moved to the acclamation area with Otto and Rollo?

Summitt Is a handsome and very smart boy-he knows Dani is one beautiful girl!

Amazing how these bears bring much joy to many humans.

Beautiful bears..love love the Bears.❤️❤️

"Everybody present and accounted" love it 😂😂😘😘😘😘😘🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

What an amazing job y'all do😊 Thank you!

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1 week ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Well, look who appeared out of nowhere! Today, Summitt was back in the picture, literally. He was up on Dani’s favorite branch, with Dani napping just above him. After so many days of invisibility, we wondered if we’d just imagined him. We’re going to infer that at some point, Summitt and Dani met, probably more than once. Whatever transpired between them is their business, but Curator Janet (after recovering from the shock of seeing him) watched for signs of conflict. Both bears slept on their respective branches, then came down to eat late in the afternoon. We’re thrilled to see them!

At lunch, the cubs played “swap the bowls”, but Rollo, “The Blueberry Bear”, thought he'd swipe some of Otto’s grapes. Otto begged to differ. A single bop turned into a cubby wrestling match, and lunch was forgotten. When it was remembered, they ate happily out of the same bowl, the quarrel dismissed.

Hawkins Bear is climbing and spending more time on the ground. At lunch, he climbed up to the highest platform, and hid behind the central post until the curator was gone. He has a very healthy appetite and is using the Soaking Pool to cool himself. The curators are hopeful his improvement will continue.

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Well, look who appeared out of nowhere! Today, Summitt was back in the picture, literally. He was up on Dani’s favorite branch, with Dani napping just above him. After so many days of invisibility, we wondered if we’d just imagined him. We’re going to infer that at some point, Summitt and Dani met, probably more than once. Whatever transpired between them is their business, but Curator Janet (after recovering from the shock of seeing him) watched for signs of conflict. Both bears slept on their respective branches, then came down to eat late in the afternoon. We’re thrilled to see them!

At lunch, the cubs played “swap the bowls”, but Rollo, “The Blueberry Bear”, thought  hed swipe some of Otto’s grapes. Otto begged to differ. A single bop turned into a cubby wrestling match, and lunch was forgotten. When it was remembered, they ate happily out of the same bowl, the quarrel dismissed. 

Hawkins Bear is climbing and spending more time on the ground. At lunch, he climbed up to the highest platform, and hid behind the central post until the curator was gone. He has a very healthy appetite and is using the Soaking Pool to cool himself. The curators are hopeful his improvement will continue. 

Thank you for your support of our “Return to The Wild” Campaign. We’re trying to raise $20,000 to cover food, medical costs and the final improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center. Just click on the link and select “Return to The Wild Campaign”  under “DESIGNATE THIS GIFT FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE”.
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My brother and I paid a visit to your education center on Friday and met Kathie who was so wonderful to talk to we didn't want to leave. While we were there we met curators Janet and Tom , and we both adopted a cub I adopted Rollo he adopted Otto .So happy we went and are so proud of the good work you do for the bears! Thanks Kathie for listening to me and for answering all our questions .Love ABR !!!!!!

These cubs are full of surprises. I'm glad to see Rollo and Otto wrestling. I don't recall reports of them tusseling. Is this one of the first observed wrestles between them?

Kind of got lost here: "At lunch, the cubs played “swap the bowls”, but Otto, “The Blueberry Bear”, thought he'd swipe some of Otto’s grapes. Otto begged to differ. A single bop turned into a cubby wrestling match, and lunch was forgotten. When it was remembered, they ate happily out of the same bowl, the quarrel dismissed." So glad Summit seems to have rejoined the world & Hawkins is making great progress!

I would love to visit the ABR, i am such a big fan. You guys are awsome, but it is so far away from Hamburg/ Germany. Maybe one day...who knows....

Hawkins seems to have such an elongated snout. Much longer I think than any other bear I've seen. Is it just the angle of his photos making it look that way or because he's a bit thin? He's such a handsome bear and was just curious. Could be it's just in his genetics like my very own snout is! 😊

What a pleasant treat😊 Curiosity has me wondering...the enclosure for Otto and Rollo seems to be wet in the pictures you share. Is this because it's just been cleaned, a sprinkler that triggers periodically or they swim in water trays and get the floor wet? Thanks again for these daily updates 😊

Does Hawkins still have a pronounced limp?

Whoever writes these updates should write a book. Your writing style is wonderful! So glad all the bears are doing so well!

That's awesome news about Hawkins bear. That's good Summitt and Dani are tolerating each other well and sharing the same tree in such close proximity tells a story all by itself!!! Have either one of them used the cubby pool yet??? That is funny news about Rollo and Otto having a wrestling match over food and then get up and eat out of the same bowl...I guess they both proved their point to each other!!! Lol.

So glad Hawkins bear is getting much better & moving up & down. Wonderful that Summitt has appeared and is "friends" with Dani. Rollo and Otto are just too funny about their food & seem to get along so well. A great post & pictures, thanks ABR.🐻💓🐻💓🐻💓🐻💓🐻💓

I am so glad Hawkins is moving about. His pain must be much improved. Sounds like Otto and Rollo are acting as though they are litter mates. They will be well balanced bears as they grow up! As for that invisible bear, I am glad he dropped his cloak of invisibility long enough to be seen today. No doubt it is back in place now. And again, Dani is such a beautiful bear. She should be a model !

What? We see Summitt with a lady friend and sharing the same tree! Oh my what has been going on in the bushes! So happy to see them together! And Otto and Rollo are so cute in a wrestling match. Happy to hear that Hawkins is doing so much better! Thank you for sharing the pictures and updates!

Would have loved to have seen the wrestling match I just imagine how funny it had to have been. Glad to know Summit 🐻 is still around and not scaled the fence. Thank you ABR for taking care of the Cubbies and the Yearlings.

Glad to hear and see that ALL the guests at your ~Lil' slice of heaven~ are getting along and enjoying themselves. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood 🙂 LOve it~ <3

My favorite posts! It's so great to see them all today and know they're doing well! I live in Asheville and worry so much about the bears we see in urban areas.

Glad all is well at the ABR. Bears look well fed and tree bears look well rested. I was wondering about the food situation. It looked liked they were being over fed but now I understand why-so there is no fighting.

Love the updates. It was good to see Summitt. Glad he being social. Love Rollo and Otto. They typical children, always wanting what the other has.

So much going on today I don't know what to say other glad everyone bear doing doing well!! Thank you ABR and Thank you for the pictures 🐻

Everycubby is looking healthy and happy. Job well done ABR! Thank you for our daily updates. 💛🐻💛🐻💛🐻💛

So happy everyone is doing so well! Thank you ABR for your wonderful care of all your bears. 💕🐻💕

All the Cubs look magnificent!!! Thank you for taking such good care of them!!!!❤️

So so glad Hawkins is improving slowly and surely. I like to think when he is ready to go he'll be ready to go for real.

One has to wonder if Summitt was influenced by Dani to just bite the bullet.

I love hearing about the bears eating habits. They sound like 2 year old children.

Love the updates on the Bears. They always make me smile. Thanks for all you do

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