20 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Otto is a high-energy cub, clever and curious. He finds his food bowl particularly interesting as he can eat from it, walk in it and flip it over. Our bowls are useless to bears; they carry their own utensils with them. They use the back of their paws as plates, and their prehensile lips can pick up individual berries with amazing precision. That being said, the curators would like less food on the floor and more in Otto, so they attached the bowl to the side of the pen. Otto used his paws to try to detach it and used his lips to blow at the curator. He doesn’t care if he eats from a bowl or off the floor; his appetite is on Otto-matic and he’s getting chubbier every day.

Summitt actually came down from his tree while Curator David was observing him. Mazouri Bear Diet Pellets, muscadine grapes, acorns and peanuts induced him to come out of hiding to forage. It was over 80F (26.6C) today, and the temperature may hit 90F (32.2) tomorrow. Resting in the shady undergrowth makes perfect sense.

Thank you for helping Otto and Summitt live the life they were meant to live.

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Otto is a high-energy cub, clever and curious. He finds his food bowl particularly interesting as he can eat from it, walk in it and flip it over. Our bowls are useless to bears; they carry their own utensils  with them. They use the back of their paws as plates, and their prehensile lips can pick up individual berries with amazing precision. That being said, the curators would like less food on the floor and more  in Otto, so they attached the bowl to the side of the pen. Otto used his paws to try to detach it and used his lips to blow at the curator. He doesn’t care if he eats from a bowl or off the floor; his appetite is on Otto-matic and he’s getting chubbier every day. 

Summitt actually came down from his tree while Curator David was observing him. Mazouri Bear Diet Pellets, muscadine grapes, acorns and peanuts induced him to come out of hiding to forage. It was over 80F (26.6C) today, and the temperature may hit 90F (32.2) tomorrow. Resting in the shady undergrowth makes perfect sense.

Thank you for helping Otto and Summitt live the life they were meant to live.

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So Otto hands out "raspberries" to the curators? So happy both guys are doing so great! Thank you ABR! 😄💕🐻💕

Don't bother feeding me out of a bowl, I'll eat off the ground, with dirt or out of a hole. So when can I go out and play with Summitt, he can teach me to climb a tree so that I don't plummet.

LOL LOL attaching his bowl to the side of the pen. I think he's holding out for a small bowl of applesauce!

Otto has had just about enough of being in the cub nursery 🐻

Are the bears tracked when they are released in the wild to see where they go and how well they're doing?

Isn't it early in the season for muscadine grapes?

I love the Otto-tude! 🙂

Otto is about the sweetest little bear! I love that little face! Summitt is trying to stay cool like the rest of us. So glad that both of them are doing so well! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures!

Otto is such a rambunctious little cub! He is adorable can't wait to see how beautiful and funny he will be as he gets older😊 Summit is such laid back he is such a beautiful bear! Thank you ABR❤️🐻

His appetite is Otto-matic, hah! Otto, beautiful "selfie". "Blowing" kisses, are you? Summit continues to do his own thing, and behaving like a bear is a great thing. Thank you for the updates.

I have certainly learned that just because I think something is right for my wildbabies does not mean they agree! Looks like Otto has his own opinions here 😉

Love the picture of Otto blowing at David! What a look with those eyes! Summitt seems to have mastered tree climbing and is doing well. ❤️🐻

Otto is so cute and chubby!! Glad Summitt is coming down to eat and stay cool. Glad they are both healthy and being bears!! If it wasn't for ABR things would be so different.

Love seeing that healthy pink mouth of Otto's! He's sure a character. Summitt is wise to stay in the undergrowth with those warm temps! Whew!

Thank you for these great pictures. It is wonderful to see Otto and Summitt doing well!!!

Good bear behavior. One day closer to being released. One day closer to living wild and free, as Nature intended.

Loving these updates! Keep up the great job you all are doing!

Otto is such an adorable little cub, Summit is becoming mysterious! <3 <3

I miss Finnegan, but Otto definitely has a place in my heart. Such a cute face.🐻

Great photos! Sounds like Otto is giving the curators "a run for their money"😉

I can't believe what a little character he is, he definitely has his own little personality, my new love.

Sigh. Too cute. Summitt probably got motion sickness with this wind. Enough!

You can tell that Otto is a "stinker"!!! Just so adorable!

Always enjoy you most descriptive tales of life at ABR!!

Otto is a beautiful little bear. He looks like he wants out of the pen.

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Curators David and Tom weighed Otto Bear. He arrived at ABR on April 11 weighing 4.1 pounds. Today, he weighs 6.6 pounds. The curators are happy with his gain and are considering moving him out of the Nursery soon. Otto blusters and blows at them; it’s time his horizons were broadened by larger surroundings.

Summitt Bear was down from his tree, foraging. The curators scatter food in one area of the enclosure to attract Summit out into the open so they can see how he’s doing. He’s looking good.

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Curators David and Tom weighed Otto Bear. He arrived at ABR on April 11 weighing 4.1 pounds. Today, he weighs 6.6 pounds. The curators are happy with his gain and are considering moving him out of the Nursery soon. Otto blusters and blows at them; it’s time his horizons were broadened by larger surroundings. 

Summitt Bear was down from his tree, foraging. The curators scatter food in one area of the enclosure to attract Summit out into the open so they can see how he’s doing. He’s looking good.

Thank you for helping us help Otto and Summitt return to the wild.
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Charley Bear and Sister Bunny must be made very sturdy to survive Otto's claws. Are they made especially for this purpose?

Precious baby bear. He likes soft bedding instead of hard flooring. Does the mother provide softness in her den for the baby cubs?

Otto bear looking good, only bear in the hood. Summit's playing hide and seek, behind the tree we see you peek.😁

Got to see Mother Bunny last Saturday! Came home to Townsend for a long mother/daughter weekend. My daughter Stephanie and I visited Trillium Cove and the young lady there (Debbie?) was so kind. "Met" Mother Bunny (she's looking very good!) and got a few trinkets. Thanks all of you for everything you do for these little ones.

How do you get his weight?

What a good little bear! It will be good for Otto to broaden his world. He has toys to slay and dragons to vanquish and he is surely up to the job 😊

Oh wow that's awesome he's gained that much weight, must be the yummy applesauce 🙂 😉 Hopefully when his horizons are broadened his Charley bear and Sister Bunny can go with him ♥ little boys need their toys ♥ Thank You for the update, Have a good evening 🙂

Love these two bears. Summitt is so handsome and behaving just like he should. Glad Otto is gaining, he still looks so tiny in his bed. Thanks ABR for all your care.

6.6 pounds of blustery little black bear! That's our Otto. He's so darn adorable. And Summit is as cute as can be too. Love that sweet face.

Otto is doing really well with his weight (shame I can't lose it that quick).he'll be glad to move into a bigger place,more climbing practice,Summitt loves his trees once he was up them seems he really took to the high life..Happy both are doing really well 🐻

That's great news on Otto! So glad he is doing so well! Happy Summitt came down out of his tree and looking good! Thank you for the update!

Baby Otto has some personality!!❤️❤️ who does he think he is? 😘😘😄😄

I'm thrilled Otto is so healthy. Thanks so much for the updates 😘

Thank you for the updates! All so encouraging. These little ones will make it.

Lonesome Sum & blustering Otto-just adore these two happy to know they r progressing well

he is so precious and tiny. must be awful tough to not give him a big ol bear hug lol. and great news for summitt. he has come a long way in a short time. thanks much ABR

I just love keeping up with these guys!

Love all the bears. Beautiful animals.

So happy they both are doing so well! <3

I'm so glad they are both doing well.

Good to hear Otto will get more space soon!

So glad everyone is doing well.

Good news on both cubbies! Thanks ABR! ❤️🐻

So cute

Great news today!!! <3

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ABR Update-April 25, 2017-Mother's Day Approaches!

Honor your Mom with a special Mother's Day Edition Cub Adoption. Each Mother's Day adoption is $65 (plus tax and shipping) and includes an 8x10 photo of your bear of choice, a special Mother's Day adoption certificate and a toy stuffed bear. You can choose from two gift options: Bear with Bowl or Bear with Coffee.

Bear with Bowl: Local artist and 5th generation woodworker, Tim Weberding, created this special Bowl as an Ode to Milo. The bowl is 6" x 6" x 1-1/2". Treat Mom to this unique piece of artwork.

Bear with Coffee: The Artistic Bean, an organic coffee house located in Townsend TN, created our exclusive Appalachian Bear Blend. The 1lb bag, ground, is a medium to bold organic 3 bean blend containing Columbia, Mexico, and Sumatra beans. It's the best part of waking up!

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ABR Update-April 25, 2017-Mothers Day Approaches! 

Honor your Mom with a special Mothers Day Edition Cub Adoption. Each Mothers Day adoption is $65 (plus tax and shipping) and includes an 8x10 photo of your bear of choice, a special Mothers Day adoption certificate and a toy stuffed bear. You can choose from two gift options: Bear with Bowl or Bear with Coffee.

Bear with Bowl: Local artist and 5th generation woodworker, Tim Weberding, created this special Bowl as an Ode to Milo. The bowl is 6 x 6 x 1-1/2. Treat Mom to this unique piece of artwork.

Bear with Coffee: The Artistic Bean, an organic coffee house located in Townsend TN, created our exclusive Appalachian Bear Blend. The 1lb bag, ground, is a medium to bold organic 3 bean blend containing Columbia, Mexico, and Sumatra beans. Its the best part of waking up! 

Please click on the link to place your order. 

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I had to share partly so other people know and partly so my kids might see..........hint hint

I hope ABR gets lots of donations 😍

Kim, hint hint

Hint hint Courtney Macedo!! 😁🖒❤🐻

I want a bowl Walt Chalk Kasey Gibson Chalk Hannah Chalk

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Hi do you ship outside USA. ie to Australia?

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ABR Update-April 24, 2017

Summitt stayed hidden today and Otto went another few rounds with Charley and Sister Bunny; he won every match. Our two residents live in different areas of the ABR facility: Otto in The Cub Nursery and Summitt in a Wild Enclosure. Otto is an orphan. Technically, so is Summitt; he was found a couple of months shy of bear family break-up and should still be with his mother. Otto was born in 2017 and is referred to as a “cub of the year”. (One of our Facebook friends noted Otto is a C.O.Y. 😀) Summitt, born in 2016, is a yearling. In the wild, Otto and Summitt would never have met; their mothers would have made sure of it. As a rule, bear families keep their distance from one another, and if they do meet at an abundant food source, they’re wary. Once they leave their family, yearlings don’t usually seek the company of other bears. What this means is because of the difference in their size, age and development, Otto and Summitt won’t meet at ABR. Should Summitt still be with us when Otto is ready for a Wild Enclosure, the cub will go to one of his own.

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ABR Update-April 24, 2017

Summitt stayed hidden today and Otto went another few rounds with Charley and Sister Bunny; he won every match. Our two residents live in different areas of the ABR facility: Otto in The Cub Nursery and Summitt in a Wild Enclosure. Otto is an orphan. Technically, so is Summitt; he was found a couple of months shy of bear family break-up and should still be with his mother. Otto was born in 2017 and is referred to as a “cub of the year”. (One of our Facebook friends noted Otto is a  C.O.Y. 😀)  Summitt, born in 2016, is a yearling. In the wild, Otto and Summitt would never have met; their mothers would have made sure of it. As a rule, bear families keep their distance from one another, and if they do meet at an abundant food source, they’re wary.  Once they leave their family, yearlings don’t usually seek the company of other bears. What this means is because of the difference in their size, age and development,  Otto and Summitt won’t meet at ABR. Should Summitt still be with us when Otto is ready for a Wild Enclosure, the cub will go to one of his own.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

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Thank you so much for this update... Are the storms headed your way? Hope they miss Master Summitt... 😉

You folks are the best at ABR. I think this is the only website that puts a smile on my face every day. Is Otto thrilling yet?

Did Summitt make it down the tree? He was way up there on a narrow branch.

Love the picture, he really does like keeping Charley and Sister Bunny in line....I also love how he has a pet bed, I don't remember Finnegan having one did he??...Thank You for the update, have a good evening!!

He looks like Sister Bunny's baby brother.

I love the pictures, but the education and explanations mean the world. I would never begin to know any of this without ABR.

Thanks for all the education you are giving us about bears and their habits. Hope you aren't having this torrential rain as I fear for Summitt so high in the trees. Love Otto beating up on Charlie bear and sister bunny, he is flexing his muscles and growing.

Hey I stayed hidden today. This rain is too much for us humans too. Hopefully Summitt will be able to enjoy a sunny day by Wednesday. As for Otto and his bear wrestling...Good for you Otto. Build up those little legs and arms. You will be climbing trees before we know it. It is still blowing rain and cold so thank goodness you are safe and warm. Thank you ABR for the update. And Hang in there Sister Bunny you are doing a great job.

Otto bear you're so funny, always beating up your sister bunny. Soon you'll be like Summitt bear, out on your own so please take care. It's too bad you two won't meet, but both your lives will be complete, with all the love and care you'll both be stars , from the caring folks at ABR.

otto is standing his ground just fine. what a smart little fella. and summitt is just as smart doing exactly what he should be doing. good news all the way around lol!

Thank you for sharing the info and the picture! Little Otto is going to be a little scrapper! He is not going to let anyone push him around! He is so precious!

The photo is great Charley and sister bunny keeping a good eye on Otto. Thanks for the info. And sharing Otto with us, he is so precious.

Thank you ABR so great to follow these little bears all the way from a stormy uk! Otto's energy is certainly improving!xxxxx

Apparently Otto has no problem letting Charley and Sister Bunny know who's boss!

I enjoy reading the daily updates by ABR. Appreciate the one who writes these informative updates. God Bless!

Thanks for the updates and the information. I love learning about the black bears and their way of living.

Otto is such a precious and adorable cub, but again they all are😊 So glad he so rambunctious 😊💙💙 Thank you ABR!

My baby 🐻😍😘 thank you for the updates. Much appreciated.

summitt is being a good bear....otto might have a career as a pro wrestler if the bear thing does not work out!!!!! Hugs and thank you for all you do!

Thanks for the report and the picture. Otto is so small and cute. 💜💜Much love to Otto and Summitt.🐻🐾❤🤗💜

I MISSED their arrival, for some reason I am not getting feeds from ABR...Sorry, we have babies in need but so happy ABR is to the rescue and we can be involved...

Thank you for sharing and for taking care of the Cubby and the Yearling

Otto looks worn out after that wrestling match.

And the winner is Otto! And Summit!

thanks for taking the time for this update - we all learn as you post...

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4 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

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It’s been raining cats and dogs…and a turtle. Curator Coy spotted the hard-shelled slow-poke trying to cross the road. That’s risky at the best of times, but during a downpour, it’s downright dangerous. Coy picked up the little fellow and treated him to first-class air travel in the direction he was headed.

Why bears choose to sit in trees while it rains is beyond us, but that’s what Summitt did. Curator David braved the deluge to capture a single image of what must be a very soggy bear. We supplement it with a beautiful portrait of Summitt that Coy took a couple of days ago.

Otto was democratic in his wrestling today, sparing no one. After he got Charley in a headlock, he turned his attentions to Sister Bunny. Otto won both matches, then ignored the carnage in favor of formula and applesauce. To the victor belong the spoils.

Thank you for helping us help Otto, Summit and the turtle on their journey back to the wild.
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It’s been raining cats and dogs…and a turtle. Curator Coy spotted the hard-shelled slow-poke trying to cross the road. That’s risky at the best of times, but during a downpour, it’s downright dangerous. Coy picked up the little fellow and treated him to first-class air travel in the direction he was headed. 

Why bears choose to sit in trees while it rains is beyond us, but that’s what Summitt did. Curator David braved the deluge to capture a single image of what must be a very soggy bear. We supplement it with a beautiful portrait of Summitt that Coy took a couple of days ago. 

Otto was democratic in his wrestling today, sparing no one. After he got Charley in a headlock, he turned his attentions to Sister Bunny. Otto won both matches, then ignored the carnage in favor of formula and applesauce. To the victor belong the spoils.

Thank you for helping us help Otto, Summit and the turtle on their journey back to the wild.

April 22, 2017
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April 22, 2017
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I was out bid on a couple of entries. I'm very happy the autions are going well. Hope lots of money is raised.

The bear paintings in the bottom right picture. Where are they from. My daughter bought one of those for our cabin, but we lost the cabin during the wildfire in November and she can't remember who the artist is or which gallery she bought it in Gatlinburg. You can just PM me if you wish to do that instead. Thanks. My daughter would really appreciate it.

April 22, 2017-Video Update-It’s Cubby Birthday!

As far as we know, bears don’t mark their birthdays, but we do. ABR chose January 22 as the “official” birthday of all our residents as it falls roughly in the middle of the range of possible dates, January to early February. Otto Bear is three months old today, and Summitt is fifteen months old. This video is made up of short clips taken over the length of their stay at ABR. Note how quiet Otto and Summitt are; in the wild, noise attracts attention, something cubs and yearlings don’t want. For these bears, every day is a milestone and worthy of celebration. Thank you for helping them reach this one.

Please remember to bid on our EBAY auction that ends on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 8:00 PM eastern. Thank you for your support.

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFJBKi56A5sWe never know the exact birthday of our residents, so ABR chose January 22 as the “official” birth date of all bears who come to us. It falls roughly in the ...
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I totally enjoyed every second of this video! Even the privacy curtain made me laugh. Otto with a paw in the milk and wrestling Charlie Bear is precious. Summitt is calm in his video. Is that his personal manner? Or recovery of strength? Thank you for the video.

One more question please. Have the vets been able to determine the cause of Summits illness? Also why did they treat him with a blood transfusion vs. medicine of some sort?

What a precious video. Thanks ABR. Otto is so sweet playing with Charlie bear and eating his food. Who was the bear who made so much noise eating? Was it Flinn? Love Summitt napping & hearing the birds. Two lovely little bears🐻🐻

I have a question. Is Otto a good bit older than Finnegan was when he was rescued? Finn was bottle fed etc, but Otto is able to eat from a bowl? Is that usual for such a tiny bear? I thought the cubby feeder would get some more use?

Summit is really filling out, or so it seems, especially from the most recent photographs. What fun to see Otto "'rastling" his Charley Bear. The stuffed toy put up a good fight. I thought it interesting that Otto seemed to chew on Charely, too. If Otto had siblings, would they be playing with each other like this at this age?

It may have been asked before but will Otto and Summit meet so they can bear bond and learn bear things from each other as the little one is so young he may miss his mum connection time.

Does Otto have a healthy appetite? And have you heard him trilling at all? I totally enjoyed the video of the two bears. Has Summitt attempted to climb a tree yet or is he still recovering from his anemia?

HAPPY BURTHDAY BOYS! I LOVE the privacy curtain! Otto is thriving. Will Charly Bear follow him the way that Mother Bunny followed Finn?

Sometimes, ya just gotta stand in your milk to get to the last of the applesauce.

Thank you for sharing. Summit still does not look well. How's he doing? Otto looks healthy. Both bears are beautiful.

Watching Otto Bear play with Charlie Bear brought to mind the opposite character of one Finnegan Bear who consoled himself with Mother Bunny, sucked on her, and did not eat quietly...but loudly, as if he hadn't eaten in ages.... Had to laugh at the "privacy curtain". Maybe Summitt Bear was trying to make a comment on his feelings about the concrete under his bear claws, and ABR edited it out...Lol

Thank you as it's also MY birthday (today) which makes it easy for me to remember January 22. Next Jan 22 let's send out birth announcements 😉

Absolutely loved this Video! Watched as Otto Bear played with Charlie Bear, sooo sweet, precious! Has Otto Bear played with Sister Bunny? Summitt Bear seems to be really content, has Summitt Bear adjusted to his Wild Enclosure? Seems happy, but quiet? Thank you for all the care your giving to Summitt Bear, Otto Bear! Thank you soo much for Sharing this video! Thank you always fot the Updates! You all have a terrific Day! 😀😀😀🐻🐻❤💛💙💖💚💜💛💙💖💚💛💜💚💙

Happy Birthday Cubbies do you get cake??♡♡♡♡

Is Otto the smallest bear you have had?

Thank you for an awesome video. I must say when Otto was taken to be weighed I was jealous of the person holding him! It must take a lot of self control not to interact with him. I'd be telling Otto how much I love him, hugging and kissing him. That's why I could never work there!!!! ❤️❤️

❤️💖🐻🐻 OMG! The boys are so adorable! Poor Summitt still looks tired & worn out. He has an "old soul" look in his eyes. I can't begin to imagine the hardships he endured before coming to ABR. Meanwhile Otto is a hoot! Since when do little bears spend so much time playing and scooting among on their backs? 😂😂 Charlie bear sure is a trooper and much larger than Otto. Thank you for making this wonderful video!

Such a sweet video of both Otto and Summitt, I hate to see when infant and yearly bears are separated from their moms fir what ever reason! I am great full for everyone at ABR for caring and feeding these beautiful black bears! I love the way Otto plays and the way he makes little sounds when he eats, Summitt listening to the birds and napping! Thank you ABR 🐻💛💛

Little Otto is doing well, but still looks so fragile! Lots of growing yet to do. Summitt seems a bit lethargic, but he has had a hard life until he came to ABR. Hope he gets really strong and ready to face the world! Thanks for all you do at ABR for these youngsters!❤️🐻

Wonderful video. If Otto was a human cub he would be of premature birth class and would not be allowed home from hospital until he reached 6llbs. Astonishing he can CLIMB already. Summit is a very pretty/handsome cub--very wise --hiding! Thank you ABR. X uk

Thank you for sharing this video on their Birthday!! 😀 Both of the sweet bears are doing so well thanks to the loving care given by you at ABR! I just love Summitt's eyes! They are so expressive and don't miss a thing! <3 <3

Thanks for sharing this video!!! I absolutely loved it! I just can't get over what a beautiful bear Summit is! There's just something about his face & eyes that makes me think he has an "old soul".

Such precious creatures, but often misunderstood. If everyone just watched how bears live and tried to understand them...they too may learn something about life.

what a sweet video of tiny otto. i'm so thankful he is doing so well. now summitt, he looks almost like he has a sadness about him. maybe because he was so ill. could just be awhile longer before he truly understands that he made it! thank you ABR

Otto is such a tiny little fellow. His surroundings must seem so foreign to him right now. Thank goodness you are there to provide for the needs of these little orphaned cubbies. They will have the very best chance of survival now.

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6 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

In the wild, mother bear sets the pace and her cubs have to keep up. She roams to feed herself and by default, her cubs who are still dependent on her milk. She might park her brood in a tree (the black bear equivalent of a Day Care Center) and leave them while she travels. She’ll call them down on her return and they’ll be off again. With no mother to supervise, Otto plays and sleeps when he pleases. Our curators visit only to feed him and clean his pen.They keep an eye on Otto from the ABR office via The Nursery Cam, which explains why our photos of him are usually from the same angle; they’re screen captures from the Cam. We apologize for the lack of variety, but at his age there’s a risk he might bond with a human and we don’t want that. He does have toys to keep him amused and today the curators introduced Sister Bunny to his pen. She succeeds Mother Bunny who retired from Nursery duty and is the official greeter at ABR’s Visitor and Education Centre. We wish Sister Bunny well on her first active tour.

At nearly 15 months old, Summitt isn’t as prone to bonding with humans as Otto. He’s lived in the wild for most of his life and treats the curators with wary tolerance: he knows they’re there and keeps his distance.

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In the wild, mother bear sets the pace and her cubs have to keep up. She roams to feed herself and by default, her cubs who are still dependent on her milk. She might park her brood in a tree (the black bear equivalent of a Day Care Center) and leave them while she travels. She’ll call them down on her return and they’ll be off again. With no mother to supervise, Otto plays and sleeps when he pleases. Our curators visit only to feed him and clean his pen.They keep an eye on Otto from the ABR office via The Nursery Cam, which explains why our photos of him are usually from the same angle; they’re screen captures from the Cam. We apologize for the lack of variety, but at his age there’s a risk he might bond with a human and we don’t want that. He does have toys to keep him amused and today the curators introduced Sister Bunny to his pen. She succeeds Mother Bunny who retired from Nursery duty and is the official greeter at ABR’s Visitor and Education Centre. We wish Sister Bunny well on her first active tour. 

At nearly 15 months old, Summitt isn’t as prone to bonding with humans as Otto. He’s lived in the wild for most of his life and treats the curators with wary tolerance: he knows they’re there and keeps his distance. 

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Will Coy's research tell us about cub behavior differences when they have not had a Mother Bear's discipline? Or if there is any difference at all. Some cubs are released very young compared to those being raised with a Mom Bear. What have they 'figured out' on their own in the wild.

Will Otto take Sister Bunny with him? I so appreciate everything you folks do.......blessings!!!!

Does Summitt stay outside all the time now? Thanks for the updates. I love checking in on them.

I think I speak for all when I say we always appreciate your updates and never feel they lack "variety". Your work is so important, we appreciate you, very much.

Otto looks like he's enjoying his toys more or maybe it's Sister Bunny that he's taken to. That's a great tree I see Summitt hiding behind, having a check now and then wondering when to improve his climbing times..

Sister Bunny has huge paws to fill to provide the comfort, companionship, and entertainment that Mother Bunny did...but I'm sure she'll do it with flying colors! 🐰💕

Little Summitt looks so lonely! Bless his little heart! Otto seems to like his new friend! Thank you for sharing the pictures!

I hope Otto bonds with Sister Bunny like Finnegan did with Mother Bunny. Still miss Finn and I hope he's doing well!

Best of luck Sister BUNNY, you've got some mighty big shoes to fill!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

I wish that there was some way to put a web cam up so we could watch the Bears also

I would just love to love on him! So sad he's missed out on momma's love ❤️

Nature is just amazing ! These black bear are magnificent! Thank for all the information and sharing these black bears with all of us!! Thank ABR🙏🏻❤️🐻

They are adorable and you guys are doing awesome work however my heart belongs to Milo..... 😉

Love the pictures of Summitt. He is basically doing the same thing in every picture. Lolling around the base of a handy escape route (tree), peeking from behind it (he knows the direction from whence danger may come), but he's semi relaxed as if he knows he's in no real danger, but is wary nonetheless. And a good looking bear to boot.

Thank You so much for the updates, they are very much appreciated!!!...So glad Otto has Sister Bunny reminds me of Finnegan and Mother Bunny ♥

God's magnificent creatures. Endowed with instinct to survive🙏

I would literally trade you a toe to extend the hike auction until after May 1st so I can bid. That is the dreamiest thing ever.

Thank you ABR for taking care of the Yearling and the Cub. Have a wonderful weekend

Love the name Sister Bunny.

Great photos

💖Thank you!!

Gotta' Love the little bears! You guys are AWESOME!

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At present we have two bears in residence: Otto, The Cub and Summitt, The Yearling. We don’t speak Bear and they don’t speak English, but if we pay attention, they talk to us via their behavior. Otto says he’s outgrowing his pen in The Cub Nursery; he’s conquered climbing it and needs a bigger space that will allow him more room to develop. If he was with his mother, she’d curb his exploring and he’d be careful to stay near her, but we have to use pens to keep him safe and logs to satisfy his need to climb and play. Curator Coy thinks Otto will be ready to move to The Cub House soon, a big step forward on his journey back to the wild.

Summitt is telling us to leave him alone. Now that he climbs trees, it’s become harder for the curator to find him; it took nearly an hour before he located the bear, and that was only because Summitt revealed himself at one of his favourite spots. Our yearling is foraging, climbing and hiding, all good wild bear behavior. He’s telling us we’re of no further use and that he can take it from here. Apart from feeding him and monitoring his health, we’ll respect his wishes and stay out of his way for the remainder of his stay at ABR.

Thank you for helping us help Otto and Summitt return to the wild.

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At present we have two bears in residence: Otto, The Cub and Summitt, The Yearling. We don’t speak Bear and they don’t speak English, but if we pay attention, they talk to us via their behavior. Otto says he’s outgrowing his pen in The Cub Nursery; he’s conquered climbing it and needs a bigger space that will allow him more room to develop. If he was with his mother, she’d curb his exploring and he’d be careful to stay near her, but we have to use pens to keep him safe and logs to satisfy his need to climb and play. Curator Coy thinks Otto will be ready to move to The Cub House soon, a big step forward on his journey back to the wild.

Summitt is telling us to leave him alone. Now that he climbs trees, it’s become harder for the curator to find him; it took nearly an hour before he located the bear, and that was only because Summitt revealed himself at one of his favourite spots. Our yearling is foraging, climbing and hiding, all good wild bear behavior. He’s telling us we’re of no further use and that he can take it from here. Apart from feeding him and monitoring his health, we’ll respect his wishes and stay out of his way for the remainder of his stay at ABR. 

Thank you for helping us help Otto and Summitt return to the wild.

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We experienced a rather unusual visitor on the northern edge of Memphis today. Seems an adult black bear was spotted in random neighborhoods. I heard it has since been trapped and will be relocated.

So glad they both are doing well!! Do you know how much longer it will be before Summitt is ready to be released back into the wild??

You have jinxed yourself stating you have only two bears.....

Has there ever been such a quick turnaround as what Summitt has made? From death's door to ready to launch in no time...

If you move Otto out of the cub nursery will he be moved to the same area as Summit

Since Summit has some real-world experience, might he have an earlier release date than some in the past?

Since Summitt is doing so well, what is the criteria for his release? A certain weight?

Do you guys care if I use Summit Bear's pic as my FB cover photo? He's just so cute.

How much longer do you think you'll keep Summitt?

Stopped the bear hunt again in Florida this year. Took lots of dedicated bear warriors. Very happy for our bears. Love the ABR bears.

Summit is a miracle bear! 🙂 GO GO SUMMITT - very proud of his quick recovery! And Otto will be ready to travel out into the wild soon...at the rate he's going! THANK you for loving these little fellas back to health!

reminds of that saying" to see one only has to look" of course summitt bear sounds like he is giving ABR a run for their money lol. and dear otto. i just am so happy that ABR is able to care for these bears and give them what they need without a peep!

Always love the pictures. Sorry it took so long to find Summitt. But what a great picture that was. He looks so alert and a little bit sassy. Thank you.

So happy to see that Otto and Summitt are doing so well! They are two adorable little bears! Thank you for sharing info and pictures!

It is so interesting to follow these little bears progress and so thankful y'all look out for there wellbeing until they can be returned to there natural habitat

Love how you stick to age-specific responses for the bears. Like Summit but the little bear Otto...

Such sweet babies!!! I know their mothers would be grateful that they are being taken care of! <3

Thank you for all your wonderful work. Understanding animals is 'bear speak'.

And in each of their ways, they are telling Appalachian Bear Rescue they are grateful for all you have done for each of them. <3

Love our boys! Bittersweet though, glad their happy and healthy but will be sad to see them go.

These two babies are beautiful and lucky to have ABR. Thanks for sharing and teaching.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Summitt will be another Milo.

One day closer to release, so they can live wild and free, as nature intended.

I am so happy Summitt and Otto are doing so well! So awesome!! ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

I think Summitt might also be saying "thank you" for all his care! Thanks for the updates on Otto & Summitt! 😊

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