15 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

The curators give Otto and Rollo plenty of privacy, visiting them only to clean the Acclimation Pen and give them food, returning briefly at random times to make sure the cubs are well and getting along. Otto and Rollo are inseparable, but meal times are still iffy; each cub wants everything for himself, regardless of how much there is. That’s expected behavior and acceptable to a degree, but the curators don’t want one cub preventing the other from eating. To that end, they put out three bowls of food and increased the frequency of observations. We’ve had situations like this in the past, and the curators have had to remove a cub to give it time to gain weight on its own before returning to a shared pen. This necessary intervention is stressful to all cubs concerned; as much as they compete for food, they can’t stand being without the other, and protest vocally. As upsetting as this is for them, it’s proven effective, and the deprived cub returns to the pen on a more equal footing with its partner.

Summitt, our yearling, is lost in the lush undergrowth. The curator caught a glimpse of him just before he disappeared. Seeing him is a matter of luck, just as it is seeing a black bear in the wild.

Thank you for your support of Otto, Rollo and Summitt. We are grateful.
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The curators give Otto and Rollo plenty of privacy, visiting them only to  clean the Acclimation Pen and give them food, returning briefly at random times to make sure the cubs are well and getting along. Otto and Rollo are inseparable, but meal times are still iffy; each cub wants everything for himself, regardless of how much there is. That’s expected behavior and acceptable to a degree, but the curators don’t want one cub preventing the other from eating. To that end, they put out three bowls of food and increased the frequency of observations. We’ve had situations like this in the past, and the curators have had to remove a cub to give it time to gain weight on its own before returning to a shared pen. This necessary intervention is stressful to all cubs concerned; as much as they compete for food, they can’t stand being without the other, and protest vocally. As upsetting as this is for them, it’s proven effective, and the deprived cub returns to the pen on a more equal footing with its partner. 

Summitt, our yearling, is lost in the lush undergrowth. The curator caught a glimpse of him just before he disappeared. Seeing him is a matter of luck, just as it is seeing a black bear in the wild. 

Thank you for your support of Otto, Rollo and Summitt. We are grateful. 
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Could you separate the cubs just during feeding time so they could eat their own food but be put back together immediately?

Thanks for the update! Question: even though their release is a ways away, any chance of them being released together when the time comes as they are forming a bond now similar to brother bears?

Is there a way to physically separate them yet they can still see each other while eating?

Just curious (and I'm pretty sure I know the answer), but do Otto and Rollo engage in rough-and-tumble bear play?

So are the curators thinking they might have to separate Otto and Rollo?

I fall in love with each little bear and think there could not possibly be another little bear any more adorable than the current one(s). Then, the next rescue arrives, and the cycle repeats.....💕

I guess I'm lucky, cause I often see black bears in the wild! Most recently a mama with 3 yearlings. She had been a trouble bear last year, getting too close to campsites, destroyed a tent but when the rangers set out a trap, she got the hint and relocated with her cubs to a back section of the Cohutta Wilderness. She was very shy this year, so I'd say that was a happy success story, plus she's obviously been a good momma to get her cubs to this point, very healthy.

God knew what he was doing when he created bears. I just wish all people recognized this gift for what it IS! Slow down, open your heart and just watch. They can teach us so much.

I'm sure it's quite different for little wild bears but I solved it with my cats that one gets fed on the counter and one gets fed on floor. Hopefully the guys can work it out and not get split up! Thank you ABR 💕🐻💕

Happy to see the cubs getting along so well! And the invisible Summitt appears once in awhile to let you know he is still there! Thank you for sharing the photos and updates!

Happy to see they are getting along so well! Well.....and then there's food issue, but I know ABR will figure out what's best for the duo! ❤🐻🐻❤

Shades of Bonnie Blue, Ridgeway, and Marvin. It also didn't help that Marvin was a super picky eater. That does not seem to be an issue with Otto and Rollo, however. But, in the end, Bonnie Blue and Ridgeway learned not to mess with Marvin's grapes, even though he was the smallest cub. For those of you who missed the Bonnie Blue, Ridgeway, and Marvin saga (and those who just miss them), see the video below. At the time, they were the same age as Otto and Rollo are now. Skip ahead to the 3:09 minute mark for the Battle of the Grapes: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbcNn5AwEv4

Oh I hope they don't have to be separated. Come on bear guys. You only eat one bowl at a time!

Good to have a friend to 'snuffle' with !! Rollo seems fiesty so he just might hold his own over the food. I know ABR will do the best for them both♡! X uk

I have outside cats, and they will put their paw out and swat the other cats away from their food, just in their nature!!

Though this is difficult for cub and human alike, I trust your dedication to do what is right for Rollo and Otto. <3

Two little Brothers just happy to have each other 💙💙🐻🐻🌲🌲

So happy the cubs are happy together!!! Thank you for all you do.

I hope they can stay together, but Rollo needs to eat.

Thank You for the Great Photos ABR!!!

So glad Otto and Rollo have become good buds, except for sharing meals. Maybe add more frequent feedings? As for the ever elusive Summit, how in the world will one find him to lure him into the pen when it's time to move on? 😱😉

Sweet cubs 💙 Watching the local news (12:20 pm) & praying Summitt is not in a tree. Looks like horrible weather over there & more to come later. I'm in Knoxville & we've just had round one! What fun!!!

Just love Summitt he is such easy going bear, so happy Otto and Rollo are buddies hopefully Rollo will catch up to Otto's weight if they leave each other's food alone😊❤️

Is it possible to put the three food dishes in very different areas of their enclosure? That way no matter which food bowl one bear is at, the others are not within swatting distance.

I don't know how you stop yourselves from cuddling these cubs. They are so cute. Hope Summitt is growing and getting ready to leave for the wild.

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Otto and Rollo, our four-month-old cubs, are getting along well. We never know how a cub will react when introduced to another, but this meeting has been relatively drama free. Though it may take a few days, cubs this age are open to bonding with each other and the curators are happy that Otto and Rollo are doing that. Little bears do better in captivity when they’re in the company of other little bears. On the other hand, yearlings like Summitt, are ready for the solitary life of black bears and prefer their own company. We’re glad we have the space to accommodate the needs of both cubs and yearlings.

Our friends have asked if Otto and Rollo will be released together. The wildlife offices responsible for the cubs determine when and where they’re released, but bears are usually released near the area where they were found, so it’s unlikely the cubs will leave together. Bears, even very young ones, have an uncanny identification with their home turf, even if they spent very little time on it before rescue. In the past, we’ve released bears in what we thought were areas better suited for them, and were surprised when they travelled miles to get back to where they feel they belong. Summitt Bear will be with us a little longer; we want to make sure he’s in tip-top shape.

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Otto and Rollo, our four-month-old cubs, are getting along well. We never know how a cub will react when introduced to another, but this meeting has been relatively drama free. Though it may take a few days, cubs this age are open to bonding with each other and the curators are happy that Otto and Rollo are doing that. Little bears do better in captivity when they’re in the company of other little bears. On the other hand, yearlings like Summitt,  are ready for the solitary life of black bears and prefer their own company. We’re glad we have the space to accommodate the needs of both cubs and yearlings. 

Our friends have asked if Otto and Rollo will be released together. The wildlife offices responsible for the cubs determine when and where they’re released, but bears are usually released near the area where they were found, so it’s unlikely the cubs will leave together. Bears, even very young ones, have an uncanny identification with their home turf, even if they spent very little time on it before rescue. In the past, we’ve released bears in what we thought were areas better suited for them, and were surprised when they travelled miles to get back to where they feel they belong. Summitt Bear will be with us a little longer; we want to make sure he’s in tip-top shape. 

Thank you for affording  us the privilege of helping these marvellous bears get a second chance at life in the wild. 
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Since my husband and I are new to this website and the wonderful things ABR does for our area, I want to thank everyone who makes the rehabilitation of these bears possible !! God bless you all !!

Would cubs as young as Finn and Otto, who never got a real look at their "home turf", consider ABR as "home". Do yu know if anyone has come back close to there?

ABR why is there not enough food this year for the bears?My aunt works in a secluded section of Gatlinburg and yesterday one came right up to her car while she was eating a biscuit before starting on her first cabin.Thank God the windows were up,it tried every way to get in her car.

So, Charlie and Bunny (sorry my memory doesn't retain as many names as it used to lol) and Otto's blanket have fallen by the wayside, Rollo never showed any interest and Otto gave them up when he got a roomie? <3

Thanks for post & photos. Love our two babies getting along so well.💕 thanks ABR you are the best. Have a feeling we will be saying goodbye to Summitt soon??

Otto and Rollo are becoming the best of friends, I wonder what will happen when it has to end. Will they be released together? Or perhaps be best of friends forever.

Will Summit bear and others be released with GPS collars? I thought I had read the study was for one year and that time frame has passed and the results are being compiled.

Where are Charlie bear and sister bunny? Has Otto forgotten them now that he has a "real" roomate?

"Summitt Bear will be with us a little longer..." Are you preparing us already? Y'all are my favorites!

Will Rollo catch up in size and weight to Otto?

Where is Summitt? What about Summitt?

Wonderful article and pictures on ABR on the front page of the Maryville Daily Times today! Great advertisement for the June 3rd Appalachian Bear Fest. All three residents had their pictures in the paper today!❤️🐻

I'm happy they can be friends. It's nice for Otto to feel what it's like to have a family. I thought Otto was so itty-bitty when he was moved to the acclimation pen (he WAS itty-bitty!!) but Rollo makes him look a big guy now 😃.

I've always felt so sorry for the individual bear cubs that come in. I can't help but feel that they are lonely. Their worlds have been turned upside down, no matter how wonderful ABR treats them. So seeing these two together really makes my heart smile.

I am so happy to hear how well Otto and Rollo are doing together! It makes my heart " smile". They are so precious! It seems like Summit is almost ready to go home. Is he getting close? I just love all the cubbies, but especially I love the care everyone there at ABR gives of themselves! You all are very dedicated at what you do and it really shows!! Thank you all for time you give!!!!!

Their claws, wow, every time I see the claws on these babies I just want to put sparkly polish on them. But really, the claws are proof that these are wild animals and are suited for a life in the wild, serious protection devices for sure, along with digging of course.

So glad all the boys are doing well and that Otto and Rollo are getting along so well love seeing pictures of the sweet little cubs thanks for all you do for the bears hope and prayers that they have safe return to the wild😊

Finn truly had my heart from the very beginning and I thought I'd never love others as much. But these guys are just irresistible too and I am in love again!

I was sad when Otto was by himself. I am not happy that Rollo was orphaned. But I am glad he has a cell mate. Lil bears need to play and wrestle and all that lil bears do.

It is wonderful to see both these little Cubs together and happy! Glad Summitt is doing well also! Thank you for the pictures 💛🐻🐻

It's so precious to see these two together. I am amazed that a cub would identify with an area they had been born/living prior to rescue.

Such good news that those little boys are getting on well with each other. Thanks for giving these little ones another chance ABR.

Happy to see your post😊 These babies are so sweet together. Thankful for your loving care of orphaned bear cubs. You bring joy with your updates😊 Thank you!

YOu make me happy by providing this way for me to see the joy and care that you are bringing to these young bears

Thanks for the photos. Love those two Cubs! ❤️ And especially ABR. ❤️

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

ABR chose January 22 as the “official” birthdate for all our resident bears because it falls roughly in the middle of the range of possible birthdates (January to early February). For them, every birthday is a milestone, worthy of note and celebration. Today, Otto and Rollo are four months old. So much has happened to them since their birth, and though they are small, they demonstrate the intelligence, curiosity and resilience of their species. The cubs are adjusting to cohabitation, and stay close together. Otto is engaging more often with Rollo; today they sat side by side on the platform, Otto leaning his head against Rollo, pawing him gently. Food still brings out their competitive nature, but like all roommates, our cubs will figure out boundaries.

It’s a big day for Summitt Bear. He’s 16 months old, the black bear’s “age of majority”. Bear family break-up has already started, and all over North America, the “Class of 2016” is begining their foray into independence. Yearlings, like Summitt, must overcome daunting challenges if they’re to survive their first year alone, and unlike human children, there’s no going home if life gets tough. Mother bear has done all she can for them, and they must face the world.

Happy Birthday, Otto, Rollo and Summitt. Happy birthday to all our former residents, wherever you are. Thank you for helping us help them.

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ABR chose January 22 as the “official” birthdate for all our resident bears because it falls roughly in the middle of the range of possible birthdates (January to early February). For them, every birthday is a milestone, worthy of note and celebration. Today, Otto and Rollo are four months old. So much has happened to them since their birth, and though they are small, they demonstrate the intelligence, curiosity and resilience of their species. The cubs are adjusting to cohabitation, and stay close together. Otto is engaging more often with Rollo; today they sat side by side on the platform, Otto leaning his head against Rollo, pawing him gently. Food still brings out their competitive nature, but like all roommates, our cubs will figure out boundaries.  

It’s a big day for Summitt Bear. He’s 16 months old, the black bear’s “age of majority”.  Bear family break-up has already started, and all over North America, the “Class of 2016” is begining their foray into independence. Yearlings, like Summitt, must overcome daunting challenges if they’re to survive their first year alone, and unlike human children, there’s no going home if life gets tough. Mother bear has done all she can for them, and they must face the world. 

Happy Birthday, Otto, Rollo and Summitt. Happy birthday to all our former residents, wherever you are. Thank you for helping us help them.
 
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"Love look at the two of us Strangers in many ways We've got a lifetime to share So much to say and as we go from day to day I'll feel you close to me".... An old Carpenters song, but today Otto and Rollo snuggled closed to one another, for perhaps the love they miss from momma bear and their siblings..❤️❤️

That's great the boys are getting along so well and that must have been so precious seeing Otto putting his head on Rollo and pawing him gently ♥ in bear talk wonder what they say, maybe Rollo is telling Otto about his mom and his siblings and how much he misses them, Otto is saying "It's going to be ok little buddy" I'm here for you ♥

As a mom, I am thrilled Otto and Rollo are getting along, it just makes my heart swell! And Mr. Summit, up there on a tree, seemingly with no cares in the world. I cry, these two photos made me cry tears of Joy! Happy Birthday, boys, may you all live long and healthy lives, away from malice. Thank you, ABR, you are making this possible.

Does this mean Summitt Bear will be coming back home here to Sullivan County soon? I am so excited for him. Literally from the brink of death and because of all of you at Appalachian Bear Rescue and everyone at the University of Tennessee Veteranary School, he is getting his second chance at life in the wild, as it should be. It really does take a village and I am so proud to be a member of this village, a minuscule member, but a member nonetheless. Bless you all!

Happy birthday all you lovely cubs. I love that Otto and Rollo are getting to know each other, company for each other as they grow, Summitt will be missed when he goes on his adventures,after all who are we going to look for peeping out of the grass..

Does that mean that Summitt Bear will be released in a short time? Or will he stay for a few more months? Thank you for everything you do for the cubbies and for keeping us riveted to your page. ❤

What a dramatic turnaround for Summit! He looks so comfy up there. It brought so much joy to my heart seeing Otto finally begin to accept Rollo. It's like he finally found what he was looking for but didn't know it till he found it.

Happy birthday Otto, Rollo, Summitt and all the little bears! Happy to see the cubs getting along! They need each other for now! Thank you Curator Janet for getting a photo of Summitt!

Happy Birthday to Summitt, Rollo and Otto. What a great trio and doing so well thanks to the wonderful caregivers at ABR. ps.Happy Birthday to our Finn wherever he is.

so so precious to see those two babies huddling <3 <3 Summitt Bear? Almost time to fly the coop! Those lovely folks at ABR will know when it's your time 🙂 🐾

Everytime I see the January 22nd date, I think of Lily and Hope. Hope was born Jan 22, 2010 Lily had Hope online. Is this where the date came from Appalachian Bear Rescue? <3

What a comfort for Otto and Rollo to have a buddy! And thanks for all the work ABR does for little cubs.

Soon, it will be time to release Summitt. I know that is never revealed until it is done, but will he be released soon? Otto and Rollo are so cute. They will stay awhile.

Thank you ABR. We just had a yearling get lost in our town and stop in someone's backyard where she took a photo and posted to our local facebook page. Everyone was panicking that momma bear was around but I think she might have kicked him out and posted that info so glad you confirmed what I already thought. Thank goodness I'm learning from you.

My husband's birthday is today - he is way older than 4 months! He asked if Otto & Rollo will get cake?

Happy birthday to Rollo, Otto and Summit and all the other cubs out there in the wild.

Good news! Glad Otto is adjusting to Rollo! Summitt looks very content hanging out in his tree!

Awwwh!!! So precious,they are!! It makes heart sing!! 🙂

Happy Birthday Summitt, Otto, and Rollo!!! I am happy that all three are safe and doing well!! Love that Otto and Rollo are together 💙💙 I am happy Summitt is doing well!!💙

Makes me wonder if both Otto and Rollo had siblings before they were orphaned...So glad to see them together though

Happy Birthday to you three beautiful little bears ! your in the best place you can be ! SO, so happy for all 3 of you . Thaml you ABR !

Happy Birthday Summit, Otto, and Rollo! Happy Birthday to Finnegan too! I still miss you!

Glad these two like each other. And it's great seeing Summitt Bear!

Wish we all could get along as well as Otto and Rollo. <3

Happy birthday little Cubs! Is Summitt medium sized? At what age do they reach their full adult size?

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3 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Our two cubs are adjusting to their new world and each other. The Acclimation Pen is bigger than The Cub House and provides a view of the Wild Enclosure, their next and final stop at Appalchian Bear Rescue before returning to the wild. “Outside” appeals to Rollo; until recently, it was all he knew. Otto has spent most of his life inside, but seems intrigued by the sight, smell and sounds coming from what’s on the other side of the bars. Bears are intelligent, curious, and adaptable; life has thrown a lot of challenges at our cubs and they’re doing their best to cope.�
Otto and Rollo are hanging out together; Rollo insists on it. Otto allows the smaller cub to follow him wherever he goes, and they rest on the platform together, quietly vocalizing. We don’t know what they're saying, but at least they have someone to say it to. They haven’t engaged in play during observation time, but they’re doing everything together, including having a soak in The Cub Tub.

Bears are territorial, especially with food. Once our cubs are back in the wild, they’ll compete for food for the rest of their lives, but we don’t want to encourage that at ABR; a bigger cub can prevent a smaller one from eating, and that would be dangerous. However, Rollo has proven he can stand up for himself. Otto finished his bowl of food and thought he’d help himself to Rollo’s. Rollo thought otherwise and gave him a swat. Point made, point taken.This behavior will continue, with every meal providing an opportunity to renegotiate dominance. They will get used to the idea there will always be plenty to eat, and at this stage of their development, it’s important they do. To that end, the curators will provide them with more food and in three bowls.

As for Summit Bear, we’ll quote from Curator Janet’s report:
“After logging 14,000 Fitbit steps, most of which came from trekking up and down the hill by Wild Enclosure #4, searching for our shy yearling today, [and enduring] a sunburn, and multiple mosquito bites…I saw a flash of yellow move in the middle of a tall patch of weeds. It was an ear tag.....attached to an ear!” All is well with Summitt.

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Our two cubs are adjusting to their new world and each other. The Acclimation Pen is bigger than The Cub House and provides a view of the Wild Enclosure, their next and final stop at Appalchian Bear Rescue before returning to the wild. “Outside” appeals to Rollo; until recently, it was all he knew. Otto has spent most of his life inside, but seems intrigued by the sight, smell and sounds coming from what’s on the other side of the bars. Bears are intelligent, curious, and adaptable; life has thrown a lot of challenges at our cubs and they’re doing their best to cope.�
Otto and Rollo are hanging out together; Rollo insists on it. Otto allows the smaller cub to follow him wherever he goes, and they rest on the platform together, quietly vocalizing. We don’t know what theyre saying, but at least they have someone to say it to. They haven’t engaged in play during observation time, but they’re doing everything together, including having a soak in The Cub Tub. 

Bears are territorial, especially with food. Once our cubs are back in the wild, they’ll compete for food for the rest of their lives, but we don’t want to encourage that at ABR; a bigger cub can prevent a smaller one from eating, and that would be dangerous. However, Rollo has proven he can stand up for himself. Otto finished his bowl of food and thought he’d help himself to Rollo’s. Rollo thought otherwise and gave him a swat. Point made, point taken.This behavior will continue, with every meal providing an opportunity to renegotiate dominance. They will get used to the idea there will always be plenty to eat, and at this stage of their development, it’s important they do. To that end, the curators will provide them with more food and in three bowls. 

As for Summit Bear, we’ll quote from Curator Janet’s report:
“After logging 14,000 Fitbit steps, most of which came from trekking up and down the hill by Wild Enclosure #4, searching for our shy yearling today, [and enduring] a sunburn, and multiple mosquito bites…I saw a flash of yellow move in the middle of a tall patch of weeds.  It was an ear tag.....attached to an ear!” All is well with Summitt. 

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I'm going to assume that most (but not all) of the debris on the floor is residue from branches and vines given to the tiny ones. Do they get locked away for awhile so this can be hosed down? Thank you for the splendid updates...beautifully written, as always.

I am glad that Summitt is so good at the hiding part of the need in his life, but I should would like to see a nice shot of the handsome boy. No critter cam?

These two little guys are just adorable! and it seems Rollo being there has already helped Otto with adapting to the Acclimation Pen. Kudos to Curator Janet! Summit is making her work for a glimpse of some part of him! Does ABR no longer have the "Adopt A Cub"? I went to adopt and the link said it was invalid. Thank you!

Rollo had some brothers and sisters, that is why he is so insistent that Otto be his mate.... friend. sibling. what do you think..experts?

I wonder....might these little guys be released together?

Question ABR: Did Rollo finish his admitting worm meds? So glad they have been housed together. This is so special to follow.

i just love these daily updates. today's really made my day! and i have a feeling there will be much more to come on the daily sage of otto and rollo! those two are characters. such precious characters! glad to hear that the yellow tag is being himself!

Love these two babies who seem to be getting along just like siblings. They are adorable and can't wait each day for updates. So glad for yellow ear tags. Good for you to spot one Curator Janet, glad Summitt was ok.

Surely am glad that yellow ear tag was attached to an ear ... Summit's ear!! 😂. Love that our lil Otto now has a cubbie companion in lil Rollo. Good for both of them. Thank you, ABR, for all you do for these babies. You ARE the BEST!!

Great photos! Three bowls? Is this to offer more food to the cub that finishes eating first? LOL @ Curator Janet's comments on Summit.

I've been wondering, since you supply the bears with lot of food, how will they learn to look for it once they're back in the wild and on their own? maybe they will recognize it by the smell? 😛

So glad all is going well. Thank you all for the hard work, & time each put in everything. The photo are wonderful, who could ask for more. I sure can't !!

Love, love, love them. Rollo must have had siblings, probably why he wants to be Otto"s friend. So happy Otto is being nice to his new friend.

Good to know that Rollo can stand up for himself, especially where food is concerned. Thanks to Curator Janet for her epic trek to find evidence that all is well with Summit Bear.

The cubby report "bears" great news today. It is heartening to see and hear that Otto and Rollo are thriving. What a change from Otto's first foray into the acclimation pen. The account of the spat over food sounds encouraging, too, because the cubs are being territorial and doing what comes naturally. Way to go!

Awesome job team !! Thanks for all you do and sharing each day that us bear lovers can get a look at how bears live in the wild!!

Love the updates as always...but Curators Janet's made my day 😂😂😂💚🌲🐻🌲

OMG I love them there so cute and happy there all doing well GOD BLESS YOU ALL for what you do every day 😊

Sounds like Otto is adjusting to his new shadow. And Rollo is doing well to protect his food !

Thank you again and again for sharing the adventures of Otto, Rollo, and illusive Summitt.

It is wonderful that the cubs accepted each other's presence. Priceless and precious

Thabks for the update!!! So glad Otto and Rollo are getting along fine together!!! They are precious!!!

Oh I am in love with them already!! So happy they have each other for now!

So,so, happy to see the boys hangin' out. It will help Rollo thrive! Love the climbing Otto as he gazes out! ♡. X UK

Perhaps they are telling each other how lucky they are to be safe and fed by you, and be in the Cub Tub together.

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5 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Otto and Roll had a good evening together, but The Cub House isn’t meant for long-term residence, so Curator Coy decided to move the cubs to an Acclimation Pen, the next step on their journey back to the wild. He still had reservations about using the pen adjoining the Cub House as it overlooks Wild Enclosure #4, the home of Summitt Bear. He decided to relocate the cubs to the Acclimation Pen in Wild Enclosure #2, to which they’ll be released as soon as they’re big enough. Assisted by Curators Janet and David, Coy lured the cubs into carriers and took them on a brief ride in The Cubmobile. You’ll recall the first time they attempted to move Otto, he stopped eating and had to return to The Cub House. This time, in the company of Rollo Bear, who’s never known anything but the outdoors, Otto accepted the Acclimation Pen with little fuss. In the first hour, he explored the climbing platform and climbed down to drink from the tub. The cubs are still sorting out their relationship. Though Otto is double Rollo’s size, he hasn’t thrown his weight around. He’s tolerant of his new companion, and reprimanded him only once when Rollo tried to eat out of Otto’s bowl; a sharp vocalization sent Rollo to his own bowl and the two ate their breakfast in peace. They can choose to play together or not; we let our resident bears mind their own business as long as it doesn’t interfere with ours: to keep them healthy and return them to the wild.

Summitt, our resident yearling, is using the explosive growth of honeysuckle in his Enclosure to aid him in his mission to hide. Once again, his presence had to be inferred by the movement of undergrowth. We may have to offer a reward to the curator who manages to snap a photo of him.

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Otto and Roll had  a good evening together, but The Cub House isn’t meant for long-term residence, so Curator Coy decided to move the cubs to an Acclimation Pen, the next step on their journey back to the wild. He still had reservations about using the pen adjoining the Cub House as it overlooks Wild Enclosure #4, the home of Summitt Bear. He decided to relocate the cubs to the Acclimation Pen in Wild Enclosure #2, to which they’ll be released as soon as they’re big enough.  Assisted by Curators Janet and David, Coy lured the cubs into carriers and took them on a brief ride in The Cubmobile. You’ll recall the first time  they attempted to move Otto, he stopped eating and had to return to The Cub House. This time, in the company of Rollo Bear, who’s never known anything but the outdoors, Otto accepted the Acclimation Pen with little fuss. In the first hour, he explored the climbing platform and climbed down to drink from the tub. The cubs are still sorting out their relationship. Though Otto is double Rollo’s size, he hasn’t thrown his weight around. He’s tolerant of his new companion, and reprimanded him only once when Rollo tried to eat out of Otto’s bowl; a sharp vocalization sent Rollo to his own bowl and the two ate their breakfast in peace. They can choose to play together or not; we let our resident bears mind their own business as long as it doesn’t interfere with ours: to keep them healthy and return them to the wild. 

Summitt, our resident yearling, is using the explosive growth of honeysuckle in his Enclosure to aid him in his mission to hide. Once again, his presence had to be inferred by the movement of undergrowth. We may have to offer a reward to the curator who manages to snap a photo of him. 

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Congratulations to all for this next step. I hope this time in the Acclimation Pen goes much better for Otto. Ironically, perhaps the competition and peskiness of Rollo will make this move to the Acclimation better for Otto. Indeed, their size difference is quite obvious, but Rollo has been in the wild longer. What a fascinating time this will be to see how the two cubs deal with each other and what will happen between them as Rollo gains weight. I take it that Otto is not in danger of getting parasites from Rollo?

Bless their little hearts.Do they sleep touching each other?

Awe !!! The cute lil babies have a bigger play area !!! Now will they fight over anything? I hope not.💜💜💜 💯💯💯 💜💜💜

Is this the same acclimation pen Otto was in the first time ?

Otto must be the alpha male?

Did Otto leave his toys behind??

Is Summitt still being fed?

Honeysuckle is prolific in growth.

It won't be long before Rollo has a chubby cubby bum like Otto. Makes my heart happy to see they got along, soon they will be wrestling together like good little cubbies. Thanks ABR for doing what you do and allowing us a peek into bear life. ❤

How lovely to see Otto and Rollo together in an Acclimation Pen! I love that Rollo seems to follow Otto wherever he goes. To me, that seems to imply that Rollo had siblings that he followed, and is accepting Otto as another sibling. And Otto, gentle little soul, seems to be accepting that he has a "little brother." I'm sure it won't take long for Rollo to catch up with Otto in size, and there may be a few tiffs along the way, but I am positive this is good for each of them. Thank you for sharing each new day's challenges and how the little bears manage them!

Otto and Rollo have no way of knowing what a difference ABR has made in their lives, they just know that things are good for them and now they even have a buddy. But I know and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you. 💜💜💜

I'm overwhelmed by the cuteness! Thought about the old Hank William's song, "I'm in the Jailhouse Now"! So glad it looks like they'll be friends.

Proof is in the fuzzy bear bum that ABR is the best at chubbing cubs! Look at the difference when a cub has been with you a while, curators. Good job ABR!

They look so cute together. I'm glad they are getting along and progressing as they should. They're bless to have ABR on their side.

It's wonderful that Otto got a classmate who actually knows a little more about the wild life.This is going to make for some wonderful updates!

Thank you so much for sharing the adventures of Otto and Rollo...I think they will be best buds...they can learn from each other.

I am glad they both are doing well together! Poor little Rollo I sure he won't go near Otto's food again we all know how this little bear loves to eat!! I think Otto feels better with Rollo around being at his Acclimation Pen. Sweet summitt💙💙 Thank you ABR 🙏🏻😊

Thank you for your assessment of the situation in the cub house, and subsequent release of these two to the acclimation pen. Maybe Rollo was just the push Otto needed to bear up to change. Otto seems to be Rollo's big (but not older) brother to look up to. Never thought Rollo would be following Otto...but very glad these two are getting along in bear fashion.

So happy to see Otto and Rollo getting along! Maybe Otto will become a big brother to little Rollo! Seems like everything is going well for the two! Thank you for sharing the photos and the update! ABR is doing a wonderful job making sure these little bears have a good life before returning to the wild!

Thrilled to see the friends have a buddy. Play will be great for both. Can the Curators still stimulate play with things added or changed? I know the toys are gone, and that seems wise after what we learned last year.

So glad they are together. I think they will be great buddies and Otto will lead the way.Already putting Rollo in his place about the food bowls. ABR I just love your posts and pictures, thanks so much, and to all who care for our 3 bears.🐻💕🐻💕🐻💕

Good baby bears. You'll be best buds before you know it. Just don't share your food. Maybe if you through a couple of fish out into the open you could get a good pic of summit 🐟🐟

that is so priceless. i know some humans that could take a lesson or two from otto and rollo! summitt will do very well when it's his turn to go back home

Awe such lovely pictures. Love those wee fellows and love your beautifully written stories about them. Such a pleasure to read. Thanks millions.

Awww there together that's so Awesome LOVE IT! can't believe how much bigger Otto is then Rollo but not much 😃 so happy they have each other to play with and explore they are so cute

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5 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Late this afternoon, the curator raised the gate inside The Cub House allowing Otto and Rollo to meet face-to-face and nose-to-nose. Rollo approached Otto, but Otto walked away. Rollo followed him. And he kept following him. Wherever Otto went, Rollo was right behind, not something Sister Bunny or Charley ever did. The initial meeting broke for snacks: the curator lured Rollo back to his room, lowered the gate and allowed the cubs to dine at separate tables. It was so positive a first meeting that Rollo wanted another immediately, so the curator raised the gate again. Rollo and Otto took up where they left off; Otto went up the climbing plank and Rollo followed him. Though they’re the same age (almost four months old), Otto is twice Rollo’s size. It’s not fair to compare the weight of a cub raised in captivity to one raised in the wild; Otto had the benefit of a varied and nutritious diet without having to exert much effort to get it. Though Rollo is on the low end of the weight range for a cub his age, his mother was doing well by him, and we hope to continue in her stead.

We’d like to answer a few questions we received after our post earlier today.
Jean Rabold asked “How did Rollo let you know [in The Cub Nursery] that he was getting more stressed out?"
Healthy wild bears try to get out of a pen, and that’s what Rollo was doing. He’d climb to the top, looking for a way out. Bears stressed by confinement to a pen can break their teeth trying to chew their way out, or rip out their claws attempting to dig through steel or concrete floors. For instance, Summitt, a yearling, was very sick when he arrived. He was weak and lethargic while recuperating in the Cub Nursery Pen, but the second he felt better, he attacked the sides of the pen with vigour. Keeping a bear locked in a relatively small pen longer than necessary would be dangerous.

Sonia Humphrey asked “Does Rollo have a sister bunny and a bed?…”
No, he doesn’t and neither does Otto anymore. Sister Bunny and Charley were called to service because Otto was alone. Now he isn’t, he'll learn to identify with Rollo. Rollo has never seen a toy and has no need of one; he has Otto. These are wild bears and the curators want to keep them that way.

Shari Smith and James Greim asked about how the curators go about feeding the cubs and cleaning The Cub House now that both rooms are occupied. It’s the same routine, but with two cubbies. They’re lured into one of the rooms, the gate is lowered and the unoccupied room is cleaned. A snack is laid out in the clean room to lure the bears into it, then the procedure is repeated for the second room.

It’s been a big day for our little bears and for the curators; we apologize for the low quality of the photos, but they were taken in haste. We hope to get better ones soon. Thank you for helping us help them.

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Late this afternoon, the curator raised the gate inside The Cub House allowing Otto and Rollo to meet face-to-face and nose-to-nose. Rollo approached Otto, but Otto walked away. Rollo followed him. And he kept following him. Wherever Otto went, Rollo was right behind, not something Sister Bunny or Charley ever did. The initial meeting broke for snacks: the curator lured Rollo back to his room, lowered the gate and allowed the cubs to dine at separate tables. It was so positive a first meeting that Rollo wanted another immediately, so the curator raised the gate again. Rollo and Otto took up where they left off; Otto went up the climbing plank and Rollo followed him. Though they’re the same age (almost four months old), Otto is twice Rollo’s size. It’s not fair to compare the weight of a cub raised in captivity to one raised in the wild; Otto had the benefit of a varied and nutritious diet without having to exert much effort to get it. Though Rollo is on the low end of the weight range for a cub his age, his mother was doing well by him, and we hope to continue in her stead.

We’d like to answer a few questions we received after our post earlier today. 
Jean Rabold asked “How did Rollo let you know [in The Cub Nursery] that he was getting more stressed out?
Healthy wild bears try to get out of a pen, and that’s what Rollo was doing. He’d climb to the top, looking for a way out. Bears stressed by confinement to a pen can break their teeth trying to chew their way out, or rip out their claws attempting to dig through steel or concrete floors. For instance, Summitt, a yearling, was very sick when he arrived. He was weak and lethargic while recuperating in the Cub Nursery Pen, but the second he felt better, he attacked the sides of the pen with vigour. Keeping a bear locked in a relatively small pen longer than necessary would be dangerous.

Sonia Humphrey asked “Does Rollo have a sister bunny and a bed?…”
No, he doesn’t and neither does Otto anymore. Sister Bunny and Charley were called to service because Otto was alone. Now he isn’t, hell learn to identify with Rollo. Rollo has never seen a toy and has no need of one; he has Otto. These are wild bears and the curators want to keep them that way. 

Shari Smith and James Greim asked about how the curators go about feeding the cubs and cleaning The Cub House now that both rooms are occupied. It’s the same routine, but with two cubbies. They’re lured into one of the rooms, the gate is lowered and the unoccupied room is cleaned. A snack is laid out in the clean room to lure the bears into it, then the procedure is repeated for the second room.

It’s been a big day for our little bears and for the curators; we apologize for the low quality of the photos, but they were taken in haste. We hope to get better ones soon. Thank you for helping us help them.

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Omg. I just cried reading that. They have started a bond to last forever we hopefully. ❤❤❤ My daughter just left ohio to come to the area for a wedding tomorrow. I gave her and her boyfriend the "bear" lecture. They laughed at me. They said most moms would lecture. about drinking and drugs. Nope not me. I told them to admire from a distance and donate to ABR while ur there. Lol. Thanks so much for the update. ❤❤❤

Is Otto accepting of Rollo or is he trying to get away from him? Wondered if Sister Bunny could visit Otto (at night) until the cubbies have bonded.

Wow, wow, wow! I look forward to the unfolding saga. Was Otto trying to run away from Rollo? Will it be the case over time that one of the cubbies becomes more dominant? Was there any indication that Rollo wanted to return to the acclimaton pen after he met Otto? Sorry for the questions, but I am curious. Thank you for your labors of love for these cubs and Summit.

safe to surmise that Rollo had siblings given his response to Otto? This is quite some progress today! Going forward, will you initially feed them separately?

Thank you for the update. So happy their meetings went well. Will they have a sleepover tonight, or when is that anticipated? Will they continue to be fed separately for a while, or not? Thank you for all yall do for these sweet babies. <3

As they grow, will there be any early male competition between them? And since there is the possibility of them 'bonding', will they be released in the same area or at the same time? I know a lot depends on many variables.

so really premature, but knowing they are solitary creatures going forward, in the end, will Otto and Rollo be released to separate sites give where they were found, no matter their bonding at ABR?

Seems like Rollo has found an older brother I know they are same age but the size difference might be influencing Rollo's behavior?

I am so happy they got along. Can't wait to see them grow into happy healthy released bears. Will they ever be in the wild enclosure with Summitt?

This is great news for both of them. Please thank Sister and Charley for their service!

so, one last question for the night, will curator(s) be en guard tonight monitoring their first night together, lest something happen?

Exciting. Glad the first meet went well. Are they spending the night together?

What about tonight? Are they left to their own choices, or will they be kept separate?

Do you think Rollo had siblings and that's why he follows Otto?

When it comes time for release, will they go together or will they be taken back to the areas they each came from?

Is Rollo following Otto because he misses his siblings?

Why do the pictures look like they were taken from an 80's camera?

Love following the cubs progress. It's a shame they are not in the wild, but they really hit the jackpot when they were brought to ABR. You guys do a great job caring for them and returning them to the wild. The information an data you share with the public helps to make people aware of bears needs in the wild. Keep up the great work!

Rollo has a "big" brother, for now, til he fills out too. Otto needs to show him the ropes, and seems to be doing that... I'm glad they seem to be ok in each other's space. I hope they bond so they can play and rough house with each other, as little Bears should. Looking forward to seeing Summitt in the future. Thx again for these updates that make us feel a part of it❤️❤️

By Rollo's reaction, I'm betting he had siblings as Maya said. And I'm thinking (hoping) that Otto will serve as a stress reducer for Rollo. 😍

So happy it worked. It will be a joy to watch them grow together. Things happen for a reason and I believe Rollo's misfortune is going to help little Otto become a better 'wild bear'. He may be bigger but his adopted little brother may teach him a few things. As Otto will teach Rollo about sandwich happy hour.

I am thrilled Otto and Rollo got to meet nose-to-nose, as it were, and that the meeting went so well! It's good for both of them, should help reduce Rollo's stress, and they can learn from each other. Thanks so much for this update.

Had a feeling Rollo would be receptive to Otto..when you said he walked right over to gate whimpering lightly i had a feeling Rollo's spent last 3 months with a sibling..So glad they can help eachother now 🙂 ...

So happy the meeting of the cubbies went so well and hopefully they'll be the best of buds soon while they reside with you. I will miss the Otto "rearranging" stories though! Thank you ABR for all you do! 💕🐻💕

It seems Otto is not quite as thrilled as Rollo about this new set up. Appears he just wants to get away from the newbie. I'm sure that will change shortly....but I bet he'll miss Charlie Bear & Sister Bunny tonight......

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6 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Rollo let Curator Coy know the continued stress of his confinement in The Cub Nursery pen was outweighing any benefit. As the rescue season progresses, any future orphaned cubs we receive will be older and even less amenable to being restrained in a pen, regardless of our good intentions. Before Curator Coy could accede to Rollo’s demands, he prepared The Cub House by confining Otto to Room #1 and removing the solid inserts from the gates leading to Room #2 and to The Acclimation Pen. This left barred gates that allow the cubs to see and smell each other, but not have physical contact.

On release to Room #2 of The Cub House, Rollo’s first action was to attempt to enter the Acclimation Pen. This makes sense, since he can smell and see trees, the best friends of black bear cubs everywhere. His inclination was to run toward them and though the curator would love to let Rollo do that, the cub needs more time to gain strength and weight. He paced back and forth in front of the gate, eager to escape, but after a while, he noticed the gate leading to Room #1 and Otto Bear. Rollo walked over to the gate, vocalizing in a whimper. Otto walked over to his side of the gate to check out his new roomie and Rollo stood up on his hind legs and backed away from the gate, huffing. This didn’t last long, and Rollo resumed his normal four-legged stance and continued to vocalize to Otto. Otto must have been puzzled by Rollo’s sudden appearance. We don’t now if Otto had siblings, so this may be the first time he’s ever seen another cub. He’s also been alone since he arrived on April 11, 2017 and may not remember what another cub looks like. Whatever his experiences were in the past, he decided that in the present, retreat to the top of his training stump was a good course of action; as all black bears know, discretion is the better part of valour.

The curators will leave the cubs to sort things out before they raise the gate and let them meet. The cubs have plenty of food in their respective rooms and can spend their time vocalizing, sniffing and getting to know each other. We’ll keep you posted.

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Rollo let Curator Coy know the continued stress of his confinement in The Cub Nursery pen was outweighing any benefit. As the rescue season progresses, any future orphaned cubs we receive will be older and even less amenable to being restrained in a pen, regardless of our good intentions. Before Curator Coy could accede to Rollo’s demands, he prepared The Cub House by confining Otto to Room #1 and removing the solid inserts from the gates leading to Room #2  and to The Acclimation Pen. This left barred gates that allow the cubs to see and smell each other, but not have physical contact. 

On release to Room #2 of The Cub House, Rollo’s first action was to attempt to enter the Acclimation Pen. This makes sense, since he can smell and see trees, the best friends of black bear cubs everywhere. His inclination was to run toward them and though the curator would love to let Rollo do that, the cub needs more time to gain strength and weight. He paced back and forth in front of the gate, eager to escape, but after a while, he noticed the gate leading to Room #1 and Otto Bear. Rollo walked over to the gate, vocalizing in a whimper. Otto walked over to his side of the gate to check out his new roomie and Rollo stood up on his hind legs and backed away from the gate, huffing. This didn’t last long, and Rollo resumed his normal four-legged stance and continued to vocalize to Otto. Otto must have been puzzled by Rollo’s sudden appearance. We don’t now if Otto had siblings, so this may be the first time he’s ever seen another cub. He’s also been alone since he arrived on April 11, 2017 and may not remember what another cub looks like.  Whatever his experiences were in the past, he decided that in the present, retreat to the top of his training stump was a good course of action; as all black bears know, discretion is the better part of valour.

The curators will leave the cubs to sort things out before they raise the gate and let them meet.  The cubs have plenty of food in their respective rooms and can spend their time vocalizing, sniffing and getting to know each other. We’ll keep you posted. 

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I do suppose there is a plan if the gate is raised and it goes very badly???

Even if they don't get along, neither will be alone. BTW, what is the latest on Summit?

How did Rollo let you know that he was getting more stressed out?

Does Otto have access to the outside pen now?

May need another acclimation pen on the other side of the cub house if the 'boys' don't bond. I have hope ... Finn eventually bonded with the siblings (Andy & Eliza).

YOU are such a great writer and we hinge unto your every word. Your words and photos could easily be turned into childrens' books. We appreciate all you do, thank you.

What a delicate dance you all do to get the cubs to be aware of each other! You consider their individual personalities and circumstances and then you're so insightful and careful with what you do with them. Otto and Rollo (and the ever elusive Summitt) are all very lucky to have you in the absence of their bear moms.

Looking forward to more updates...and perhaps some video??? Lol... love the updates and all your doing for them! Here's an update on Rollo and Otto Kimberly Playter

I sure hope these sweet peas decide to be furiends... Again I'm thanking you ABR for precautions and care when introducing these two. C'mon fella's... it'll be pawright! <3 <3

When they finally will meet it might be a good thing that Otto is the bigger one, as Rollo sounds like extremely energetic and determined a wrestling match now could be a fair thing in spite of the size difference. I also hope they will get along fine!

Now we'll have to wait to see how long it takes them to get chummy! If it's not one thing, it's another... Glad the first step is complete. And now we wait.

Two beautiful, sweet Cubs who will hopefully be playing together & sharing the same enclosure together soon. Can only imagine what each bear thought of the other one. Can't wait til the next post to see if Rollo is still vocalizing and what Otto is doing.

Auto and Rollo I can't wait for you two to meet, I hope we'll be able to see it I think it'll be really sweet. It would be nice if you became friends , because in the end, all you will have is each other on which to depend.

Awe. They will be best buddies. ❤❤❤ or brothers who get on each other's nerves. I know it's bad, but I keep thinking of the movie Step brothers. Lol. So much room for activities. ❤❤❤

I love your reporting of how the cubs react...I really think you guys could write a story about them. Love what you are doing.

Oh, I just loved this!! They are so funny and sweet and I hope they can get along and play together. Thanks for all yall do to care for them.

Does Rollo have a sister bunny and a bed? He seems as if he needs comforting poor wee bear.♡. Thank you for saving him♡. Uk

Just out of curiosity since they are now under the same roof, how do you go about feeding them since you can't lock them out now?

Bless their hearts. Hoping for an outcome that will leave them best buds. Hopefully they can learn to be bear cubs together. ❤️🐻's

Oh no!! Otto can't play on his climbing toy now. I hope he learns how to share. Did he get to take sister bunny and Charley bear with him?

What precious little bears! I'm praying they like each other and become best buddies😊 Thank you for all you do and for sharing the stories of these sweet bears🐾🐾

These two are going to provide some interesting updates...I seem to be forming some affection for Rolo...he's proving to be the bada** bear of ABR!

My daily fix of these babies makes for a great day and a smile on my face Thank you ABR for this update.

Aww I hope they get to know each other and get along. Thanks for the updates 😘

Awe!!!! Hopefully the boys will love each other and be best buddies !!! 💜💜💜

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6 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Rollo Bear is doing well in The Cub Nursery. He’s eating, climbing and telling the curators just what he thinks of them. We don’t speak Bear, but we figure he’s not giving compliments. Though Rollo and Otto are the same age (almost 4 months old), Rollo has been in the wild for his whole life, and a pen is no place for a wild bear. Otto was about 2 1/2 months old when he arrived; he was so young he could barely walk, so confinement in the Cub Nursery didn’t become so stressful for him so quickly. To alleviate Rollo’s anxiety, Curator Coy will move him to the bigger Cub House sooner rather than later, and let the cubs get acquainted by scent and sight before letting them make physical contact.

Otto was busy sorting out his rooms and eating. He doesn’t know his world is about to change, but the curators hope his introduction to Rollo will benefit both cubs.

Summitt is keeping himself hidden; with the rain and heat, that’s perfectly understandable. Black bears are crepuscular by nature; though they can travel at any time of day, they prefer to forage at dawn and dusk. Summitt’s behavior is true to his species.

Thank you for your kindness; our three bears depend on it, and so do we.

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Rollo Bear is doing well in The Cub Nursery. He’s eating, climbing and telling the curators just what he thinks of them. We don’t speak Bear, but we figure he’s not giving compliments. Though  Rollo and Otto are the same age (almost 4 months old), Rollo has been in the wild for his whole life, and a pen is no place for a wild bear. Otto was about 2 1/2 months old when he arrived; he was so young he could barely walk, so confinement in the Cub Nursery didn’t become so stressful for him so quickly. To alleviate Rollo’s anxiety, Curator Coy will move him to the bigger Cub House sooner rather than later, and let the cubs get acquainted by scent and sight before letting them make physical contact. 

Otto was busy sorting out his rooms and eating. He doesn’t know his world is about to change, but the curators hope his introduction to Rollo will benefit both cubs. 

Summitt is keeping himself hidden; with the rain and heat, that’s perfectly understandable. Black bears are crepuscular by nature; though they can travel at any time of day, they prefer to forage at dawn and dusk. Summitt’s behavior is true to his species. 

Thank you for your kindness; our three bears depend on it, and so do we. 

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A question for ABR: have you considered selling photos of the bears? When one " clicks" with a large number ( thinking Finnegan, Milo and now Otto) you could assemble an album or collection of photos of their progress. Just a thought. I'd love a frameable picture of Finn and Otto.

At their young ages, would Otto or Rollo vocalize back to the other if one is taking/hollering/crying, or would they ignore the noises?

Thanks for your posts. I look forward to them every day! Wish I could be there on the 27th but plan to send my donation to help in your wonderful work.

Will the boys be separated by a grate? Or will they be together? Otto appears to love his condo. The decorators are exquisite!

In an encounter , being more of a wild child , Rollo won't harm Otto would he ?

What happens if they choose not to get along? Will they have to stay separate or will Curator Coy try again

You frequently mention the Mazuri (?) bear diet pellets. What do they primarily consist of?

How do you clean the cub house when there is a cub in each room?

Time for another donation to ABR!

O Otto......Get ready for your new roommate. Lol. I get feeling it will be like the odd couple for a while. Lol. Otto all organized and Rollo the wild one. This will be interesting. ❤❤❤❤

I'm looking forward to the commentary/pictures of this meeting. I'm hoping Otto's 'calm' demeanor will help calm Rollo. Just getting out of that cage should help Rollo a bunch. Otto couldn't be any cuter. He has a bit of OCD with his things... Putting things where they belong keeps him busy.

Although it would be sad, if Otto can't overcome his "fear" of new things and because he was so little, is it possible he would have to go to a zoo instead of the wild. I hope not. But we would be happy with whatever is best for little Otto.🐻🐻💕💕

It's time to send in a donation for The Three Musketeers. Thank you, ABR, for all that you do to give them a second chance in the wild. Thank you, FB Moderator, for the delightful, entertaining, loving and educational posts you share with all of us. We appreciate all that you do too!

Happy to hear that all the bears are doing well! Can't wait to see what happens with Rollo and Otto! I hope they become friends! Summitt is hiding because he knows he is under surveillance!! Thank you for sharing the photos!

I would love a coffee table book about ABR with pictures of the bears. I really like it when the curators tell us about "real bear" behavior and compare the residents bears to that info. The American Black bear is a treasure and so is ABR.

it will be fun to see how Rollo reacts when he is given more room 😉 He definitely wants OUT .... just needs the worm meds and the large amounts of yummy bear meals to get big and strong so he can be released to be the wild bear he was born to be 🙂

Well, first of all I learned a new word from this post, which I loved.....crepuscular! So thank you! I know the the 2 boys will be separated until they get used to knowing about each other, but I am wondering how Otto will react to the "sharing" idea. Time will tell! 🐻💙🐻❤

Just love these cubbies, Otto is such a neat little fellow, let's hope Rollo is not sloppy or they will be the Felix Unger and Oscar Madison of the bear world😂

I have the feeling that Otto is not going to appreciate losing one-half of his suite of rooms! But maybe you will open the door to the acclimation pen for him at the same time?

Awww there so sweet and little 🙂 I have feeling there gonna be best friends lol I think since there the same age it will be better cause there little yet 🙂 hope things go well for them praying for all of them GOD BLESS YOU ALL

I love that Rollo is so vocal and independent. And little Otto has stolen my heart. Thank you ABR for sharing the stories of the bears you rescue 😊😊😊

You guys are so awesome! Thanks for keeping us up to date and for all you do for these little guys! Here's your update Kimberly Playter!

Thank you for your updates every day. It is almost.....almost as good as being there! I feel like I know them!

I hope Otto is ok with Rollo. Being an only child has its advantages.

These bears are so beautiful and different! It is a joy to follow their activities! Thank you for all you do!!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🐻💛

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Appalachian Bear Rescue

Rollo’s arrival prompted a number of questions from our Facebook friends, hence the LENGTHY post. 😉 We try to answer as many questions as we can, but if we missed yours, please don’t hesitate to private message us on Facebook or send us an email at appbearrescue@gmail.com For those who don’t have time to read the rest of this: Rollo is doing well on his first day at ABR, and is eating and climbing. Otto is busy in The Cub House rearranging his toys, and Summitt… refused to appear.

Why was Rollo alone? Mother bears spend too much time and energy giving birth and caring for a cub to just walk away from it. We rarely use the word “abandoned”, and only when we have very good reason to suspect it. During the famine of 2015-2016, when bears and their young were starving, we started to use that word only very late in the year when it seemed some mother bears, having taken care of their cubs for months, couldn’t do it any longer. More often, mothers will care for their offspring, even in dire straits. We couldn’t save, Tilly Bear, a recent admission. She was hydrocephalic, a condition that would have been apparent at birth, yet her mother fed her for three months. It was only after the family left their den and began to roam that Tilly’s condition prompted her mother to make a hard choice: Tilly just couldn’t keep up. It’s likely Rollo and his mom were out of the den for weeks before he was found, weak and alone, near a busy road. Roads, and the traffic on them, are responsible for orphaning many of the bears we get. Mother bears cross roads and a cub will be stuck on the other side. She’ll wait and try to retrieve it, but she might be frightened away or decide her remaining cubs are a priority. We don’t know this happened to Rollo, but it’s a likely scenario.

Mother bears killed by traffic are a sad fact of life in our area. Wild animals have no defence against our machines, and the “freeze, flight or fight” response that works so well in the wild is deadly when confronting a truck. Then there are mother bears who become habituated to eating unsecured trash and break into cabins, cars, etc. These problem bears are often relocated, but can return. As a last resort, mother bears may have to be euthanized if they become aggressive, and their cubs, left orphaned, come to ABR. However, black bears are generally timid animals; mother bears are easily frightened away from their den and their cubs. Loggers, hikers, hunters and photographers, stumbling on a bear den, can orphan a cub just by being there; mother bear runs away and doesn’t come back.

Mother bears “park” their cubs in a tree while they forage for food. Well-meaning people can mistake them for orphans when in fact their mother is near, waiting for them to leave so she can collect her cubs. If you think you see a bear in trouble, please call your local wildlife office. Tell them where the bear is and describe its appearance and behavior. Don’t touch the bear. Depending on its age and health, wildlife offices usually recommend the bear be left alone for 24 hours or so, before they will intervene.

Will Otto and Rollo be friends? Cubs this age (about three months old) are more accepting of other bears than they will ever be again. They’re programmed to play and wrestle as they’re usually born with siblings to play and wrestle with. However, as we often say, bears are individuals and we can’t predict their response. Otto has been alone since he arrived at ABR on April 11, 2017. Rollo has been with his mother longer and is “wilder” than Otto; he has “forest smarts”. Otto has benefited being an “only cub” in that everything he sees and touches “belongs” to him. Sister Bunny and Charley are passive playmates and never disagree with him. Bears are competitive, and Otto and Rollo may compete over just about anything, including food, though there’s plenty for both.

At present, the curator’s plan is to keep Rollo in The Cub Nursery until he’s finished his meds and demonstrates a good appetite and the ability to climb. If all goes well, he’ll give Rollo exclusive use of both Room #2 and The Acclimation Pen in The Cub House. Curator Coy will remove the solid panel in the gate separating Rooms #1 and #2, and replace it with a grill to allow Otto and Rollo to see each other. If that goes well, he’ll raise the gate to give both cubs use of the entire Cub House and Acclimation Pen. That's the human plan, but the cubs may modify it at any time and without notice.

Rollo vocalized at the vet’s and he’s vocalizing in The Cub Nursery. His crying at the vet’s was a scared, plaintive call, then became angry when he was examined. We think there’s too much going on for him to have detected Summitt or Otto’s scent today, but as he calms down, he’ll know about the other two bears in residence. Initially we chose Rollo’s name because it sounded like a nice companion to Otto. That he’s named after a Viking Duke of Normandy is a wonderful coincidence, since Otto is named for a Holy Roman Emperor of roughly the same era. We have two royal warrior cubs! 😊
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Rollo’s arrival prompted a number of questions from our Facebook friends, hence the LENGTHY post. 😉 We try to answer as many questions as we can, but if we missed yours, please don’t hesitate to private message us on Facebook or send us an email at appbearrescue@gmail.com  For those who don’t have time to read the rest of this: Rollo is doing well on his first day at ABR, and is eating and climbing. Otto is busy in The Cub House rearranging his toys, and Summitt… refused to appear. 

Why was Rollo alone? Mother bears spend too much time and energy giving birth and caring for a cub to just walk away from it. We rarely use the word “abandoned”,  and only when we have very good reason to suspect it. During the famine of 2015-2016, when bears and their young were starving, we started to use that word only very late in the year when it seemed some mother bears, having taken care of their cubs for months, couldn’t do it any longer. More often, mothers will care for their offspring, even in dire straits. We couldn’t save, Tilly Bear, a recent admission. She was hydrocephalic, a condition that would have been apparent at birth, yet her mother fed her for three months.  It was only after the family left their den and began to roam that Tilly’s condition prompted her mother to make a hard choice: Tilly just couldn’t keep up. It’s likely Rollo and his mom were out of the den for weeks before he was found, weak and alone, near a busy road. Roads, and the traffic on them, are responsible for orphaning many of the bears we get. Mother bears cross roads and a cub will be stuck on the other side. She’ll wait and try to retrieve it, but she might be frightened away or decide her remaining  cubs are a priority. We don’t know this happened to Rollo, but it’s a likely scenario. 

Mother bears killed by traffic are a sad fact of life in our area. Wild animals have no defence against our machines, and the “freeze, flight or fight” response that works so well in the wild is deadly when confronting a truck.  Then there are mother bears who become habituated to eating unsecured trash and break into cabins, cars, etc. These problem bears are often relocated, but can return. As a last resort, mother bears may have to be euthanized if they become aggressive, and their cubs, left orphaned, come to ABR. However, black bears are generally timid animals; mother bears are easily frightened away from their den and their cubs. Loggers, hikers, hunters and photographers, stumbling on a bear den, can orphan a cub just by being there; mother bear runs away and doesn’t come back. 

Mother bears “park” their cubs in a tree while they forage for food. Well-meaning people can mistake them for orphans when in fact their mother is near, waiting for them to leave so she can collect her cubs. If you think you see a bear in trouble, please call your local wildlife office. Tell them where the bear is and describe its appearance and behavior. Don’t touch the bear. Depending on its age and health, wildlife offices usually recommend the bear be left alone for 24 hours or so, before they will intervene. 

Will Otto and Rollo be friends? Cubs this age (about three months old) are more accepting of other bears than they will ever be again. They’re programmed to play and wrestle as they’re usually born with siblings to play and wrestle with. However, as we often say, bears are individuals and we can’t predict their response. Otto has been alone since he arrived at ABR on April 11, 2017. Rollo has been with his mother longer and is “wilder” than Otto; he has “forest smarts”. Otto has benefited being an “only cub” in that everything he sees and touches “belongs” to him. Sister Bunny and Charley are passive playmates and never disagree with him. Bears are competitive, and Otto and Rollo may compete over just about anything, including food, though there’s plenty for both.

 At present, the curator’s  plan is to keep Rollo in The Cub Nursery until he’s finished his meds and demonstrates a good appetite and the ability to climb. If all goes well, he’ll give Rollo exclusive use of both Room #2 and The Acclimation Pen in The Cub House. Curator Coy will remove the solid panel in the gate separating Rooms #1 and #2, and replace it with a grill to allow Otto and Rollo to see each other. If that goes well, he’ll raise the gate to give both cubs use of the entire Cub House and Acclimation Pen. Thats the human plan, but the cubs may modify it at any time and without notice. 

Rollo vocalized at the vet’s and he’s vocalizing in The Cub Nursery. His crying at the vet’s was a scared, plaintive call, then became angry when he was examined.  We think there’s too much going on for him to have detected Summitt or Otto’s scent today, but as he calms down, he’ll know about the other two bears in residence. Initially we chose Rollo’s name because it sounded like a nice companion to Otto. That he’s named after a Viking Duke of Normandy is a wonderful coincidence, since Otto is named for a Holy Roman Emperor of roughly the same era. We have two royal warrior cubs! 😊
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As an avid hiker, reading that I could cause a mother to abandon her cub is heartbreaking. I always give wildlife space, but I have had to blow my whistle or speak loudly to pass a bear. Is that the correct action? Could I be scaring them away from more than just the trail? What is your best advice to share the outdoors without causing harm to bears? Not once in 25+ years of hiking have I felt fear when encountering a bear. I am a firm believer that I am visiting their home when I hike and they deserve the utmost compassion and respect.

Thank you so much for the informative details. Very well-written, clear and easy to read. I'm an English teacher, and I give you an A+! I haven't been following ABR for very long. Basically, since the arrival of Summit, but now it's a very important part of my day to check in on the cubs. Broke my foot about 2 1/2 weeks ago, so reading your posts has been a wonderful distraction.

Thank you for all this wonderful information. I feel like I am reading a serial story, i.e., "Will Otto and Rollo become buddies, will Summitt ever come out of the forest?... Stay tuned for the next exciting episode!"

I'm trying to remember the layout of how far apart the Nursery and Cub House are - could Otto hear Rollo vocalizing? This is going to be fun with these two little cubs! Thank you ABR!

I wondered about the name Rollo. The Viking Rollo was my 32nd great-grandfather! So I guess that makes Rollo cub my first cousin 32 times removed?....how about I just call him my honorary nephew? 😉

So....if we see bears....#dontfeedthebears and #donttouchthebears....got it! Royal Warriors is excellent in the wild. On a serious note, when Coy does his studies would he consider looking at the decision to release these smaller younger bears together when they have bonded? Does it really benefit them to separate them? Like our Finnegan did not get to go with Andy and Eliza.

There were two bears kled here in kingsport last week and ive been worried that they might have left cubs, by any chance was Rollo picked up around here?

Rollo you are safe now soon as you grow a little you can play with Otto, and then maybe you can play with summit bear I'm not sure about this but maybe he is kinda big.

I love the name Rollo. Rollo the Viking Duke of Normandy is my 38th great grandfather according to records. Little Rollo is a spitfire! That is good. He will want to be far from humans when he is released.

So, from what i read here, Rollo received a good health report?

There was a video posted a few days ago of an anxious mother bear trying to get her four cubs across a road in New Hampshire. The fourth cub just couldn't keep up. The next day he was removed by Fish and Game, and sent to a rehabilitator (Ben Kilham). From what I've heard, the F&G officials felt the mother was almost at the point of abandoning this cub, and they wanted to give the cub, and its three siblings the best chance at survival. A fifth cub, the smallest of this litter, had been removed previously. If you have access to the original video, it demonstrates very clearly how hard mother bears work, and gives an idea of what might cause a mother bear to leave a cub behind. Thank you, as always, for caring for the cubs in distress.

If you bottle feed cubs, at what age or weight do you stop?

Do you lower the lights at night for the cubs ?

Maybe you could post their voices sometime.... pretty please...

Will Roll be up for adoption?

ABR has one (or more) of the most astute and professional social media communicators. Each bear is celebrated as an individual and you detail the distinct personality traits, eating habits, interaction with staff, and forthright health evaluations. Even those of us far from Tennessee want to encourage staff and bears to thrive. Last year I donated f or Finnigan, but it's time to do it again for your work with these three.

These are wonderful details. I love reading about these bears. I didn't know black bears were so timid, and even the presense of a human can scare a mother away from her cubs. That is heartbreaking to me. I continue to look forward to these updates and how little Otto and Rollo will react to one another. That Summit bear is quite the individual. I think he'll readapt to the wild just fine. Each and everyone of you is amazing and all you do for these bears. I would love to donate even if it's not much.

WOW! Thank you for always educating and refreshing past lessons on these precious furbabies! As always, we know all of your charges are in the best possible care and THAT brings a warm glow to many many hearts. Keep up the wonderfur work ABR! It is appreciated by all of us! 🐾 <3

Thank you for the info.. I personally have gained a great education with every post and video. They are not just fuzzy animals that everyone tries to take pictures of. they are great, beautiful and wild bears that belong in the woods. Thanks to everyone there doing what is right to rehabilitate Otto, summit and now Rollo to get them "home" thank you ABR ❤❤❤❤

So grateful for the work you do and allowing us a peek into this world. I feel so fortunate to have been on the tour of the ABR back a few months ago(before the bears!). It helps me to visualize where these guys are what their days look like 🙂

that was a very well written and very informing article. nice job. it is so sad that those two can't have the luxury of being with their mothers but it happens. your care and love is the key to their survival now. so keep those excellent stories coming and i will continue reading no matter the length. thank you. maybe tomorrow summitt lol

It will be wonderful theater for us out here to watch what happens with and between these two little bears. Looking forward to it. Best case would be Otto teaching Rollo to settle down and accept the freebies and safety, and in turn Rollo giving Otto lessons on the ways of the wild woods. They both need comforting and company.

Great information! It's easy to tell how much Otto has benefited from the ABR buffet. Even though he and Rollo are practically the same age, he looks double Rollo's size. Got some catching up to do, Mr. R!!

Thank you for telling us (and loving) these little bears! I grew up around black bears and some are curious and outgoing. Not unusual to have them visit porches just to check in on things! But don't feed them or approach them. They DO like their boundaries!

And fine warriors they will be! Hopefully these two opinionated little bears will decide they can be friends. And Otto will learn how to wrestle with something that wrestles back!

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ABR Video Update-May 17, 2017
We hope you enjoy this video compilation of Otto, Summitt and our most recent arrival, Rollo Bear. Otto seems to enjoy the little challenges the curators create for him in The Cub House and Summitt is behaving just as a yearling should; he prefers to hide in the undergrowth. Rollo spent his first night in the Cub Nursery and ate all the applesauce/medication mixture and some of the crushed bear diet pellets/applesauce combo. The curators are hopeful this little bear will recover from his ordeal and will one day meet Otto in The Cub House.

We’ll post a second update on Rollo later this afternoon. Thank you for your friendship and support.

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRqS7I-QoPIWe have three bears in residence at Appalachian Bear Rescue: Otto, Rollo and Summitt. Rollo arrived last night (May 16, 2017). He’s the same age as Otto (abo...
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This video filled my heart with joy. Otto has a mind of his own. He wants things his way. Fun to watch him put things where he wants them. Summitt being himself. He looks wonderful. Rollo has a loud little voice. I love all three. I have been following ABR for some years and learn something new from your updates daily. God Bless ABR. I hope you are aware of the number of retirees following your Facebook page.

💖💖💖 Thank you so much for this terrific (and loud 😱) video of the three precious bears! Will Otto and Rollo be able to hear and smell each other from where their respective rooms are located? Was sister bunny's sister pressed into service to comfort baby Rollo? It was so funny watching Otto trying to find his sure footing while climbing all over his little trees

Thank you so much for the video!!! Otto is so feisty! Haha Sorry for Rollo losing his mom but at least he's in a great place. So happy those kind folks found him. Summit is the least active bear I have seen at ABR in the year I've been following you. He seems to always be sitting by his tree.

Thank you so much for the video. Otto tickles me. He looks up at Sister Bear like,"Why are you up there, that's not where you belong." Rollo just doesn't know how lucky he is to be in your hands. Hopefully he will soon be calm and begin knowing he's loved. Summitt seems to be acting like a big bear, hiding for protection. Thank you all again. Any ideas yet as to why Rollo was alone??

I have so many questions, most of them surrounding Otto and Rollo's upcoming cohabitation. Do you expect them to bond since they are young? Will Otto be willing to share or will he likely become possessive of his toys? Do they need to be fed separately as you might with puppies to avoid squabbles over food?

If I heard that sound I would think it was a bird ... lol. Appalachian Bear Rescue I have a question .... when you prepare the food for your residents, do you have to worry about human smells on their bowls and food creating a connection (for the bears) between the smell of humans and food?

I also am wondering if Otto and Rollo are aware of each other. I know they are in separate areas but since they have such keen noses.

So today I had to be filmed as part of a video that is going to go out for an international children's choir that is visiting our church. When the guy asked where we could film, I suggested my office. Then I positioned myself right in front of my photos and adoptions certificates of Finnegan and Annie, which are on my wall. He said, "What's the deal with the bears?" I was thrilled to fill him in, and to sublimininally advertise ABR!!🐻😀

Gosh, I have been away from FB for several days. When did Rollo arrive? What were his circumstances? Thank you.

I wouldn't tell Rollo any secrets - he' d blab them to everyone. I love how Otto looked at Sister Bunny as if to say "Hey move up the plank out of my way or down you go!" And he meant it. Will Summitt have more blood work done before he leaves. He looks wonderful now. Thank you for caring for these waits and for sharing with us.

Otto Bear certainly is active! Summitt Bear looks rather philosophical..... Rollo Bear has a lot of energy! Trying to recall this time last year how many Bears-in-Residence you had?

Is Rollo named after the fierce Viking warrior??

How did you decide to name your newest boarder "Rollo"?

Where was Rollo bear found?

Could Rollo and Otto be siblings?

Thank you for sharing the video of these precious little babies! Happy to know that they will get a second chance in the wild because of people like you that care so much! Thank you ABR!

I did enjoy the video! It's a pleasure to watch Otto explore and protect Sister Bunny when she's in strange places. Rollo is right behind him and will give Otto a run for his money when he gets his strength back. Happy to hear you're pleased with Summitt progress and he does what a yearling would do, stay hidden. 🙂 thanks you much!!! 🐻

Rollo is adorable cub with much to say! And Otto very busy! Summit looks mature next to these two. What a wonderful video. Thank you for doing this. I recommend your page often to people who have fears of bears. You educate all of us, ABR. Thanks! When we learn to understand wildlife maybe they will be cared for better.

Thank you ABR for the beautiful video update on the fab 3! I'm on my way home from a testing day at work, sitting on a bus in rainy old London, England and you've just put a great big smile on my face. Thank goodness that fate directed these beautiful bears to ABR 😁 🐻😁🐻❤️

Thank you for the video. Just love the babies. Summit is really getting big. Hugs to all three. This year has been much easier, not as many Cubs. I believe there were about 17 or so last year. Great job ABR! ❤️

I just love these cubbies, sorry they don't have a momma, but you guys are the next best thing, and I love following their progress.

Rollo is a cutie and his so is his fiesty side. lol I have you about two years and I don't remember one weighing so little. It's a wonder how they live so away from there mother. You all do such a fantastic job. It's takes really Loving and caring folks as you are to help them. Just wonderful. 😊💕

I am sad that little Rollo was separated from his family. Poor little guy was calling for his mama. I hope he and Otto will be able to successfully meet and learn how to be cubbies together.

Thank you for sharing this, it just shows the different personalities of these three beautiful bears. Thank you so much for the great and dedicated work that you do for these sweet bears and for saving all of the previous bears <3

Am I the only one that gets emotional when I watch a video of these beautiful bears? Thank you so much for sharing this today. 💛🐻💛🐻💛🐻💛 I love seeing Otto climb. Rollo must have been calling for him mother. Poor little guy, at least he is safe and will have a second chance to grow up to be a big beautiful healthy black bear.

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