Today, Willow, Viola and Bosco met Cherry, Ruff and Tumble, nose-to-nose and paw-to-paw. As far as first contact goes, it went rather well. Cherry and her brothers are totally committed to foraging; they may be in the early stages of hyperphagia, the yearly phase in a black bear’s life that compels it to eat as much as possible in preparation for winter. The curators joked that Willow, Viola and Bosco, accustomed to having the entire enclosure to themselves, were roused from their chubbified lassitude by the prospect of three strange cubs eating their dinner. Not to worry, cubbies, there’s plenty for all.
Huffs were huffed and blusters were blustered, but all six cubs would rather eat than fight. There’s food scattered all over the enclosure, so the cubs don’t have to forage near each other if they don’t want to. It’s interesting that after all the drama, they chose to stay together and settled down to some fine dining. Featured on today’s menu were fresh grapes, straight off the vine, generously donated by a friend of ABR.
Our two yearlings are doing well, though getting photos of them is problematic. Bumble was up in his tree and Magnolia was seen briefly by her Drinking Tub. Piccola Bear, in the Red Roof Recovery Center, ate 9 oz of bear milk replacement formula (mixed with meds), a very good day indeed. The curators leave her alone as much as possible to avoid unnecessary stress. She needs rest to continue her recovery.
We rarely know the history of our residents; Piccola Bear is an exception. About two months ago, in Kentucky, an adult female bear tried to break into a home several times. The homeowner obtained a legal permit and shot the bear, unaware she had three cubs. As soon as he found out, he called Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife to report the cubs. For the next eight weeks, officers tried to trap the cubs, but with no success. The area was near a highway and sadly, one of the cubs was hit by a car and died. Piccola continued to avoid capture, steadily losing weight with each passing day. To complicate matters, there was another female in the area with three cubs. Trapping the wrong cub was a possibility the officers wanted to avoid. In the end, Tristan had no choice but to dart her while she was in a tree. Officers don’t dart bears under 25 pounds, but it was either that or risk her dying from starvation or being hit by a car like her sibling.
Unfortunately, Piccola moved and the dart pierced her abdomen, resulting in a perforation of her intestine. Tristan transported her immediately all the way to Tennessee where she underwent surgery at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She’s making good progress, but Piccola’s prognosis is guarded. Her remaining sibling is still in Kentucky and wildlife officers will keep trying to capture it.
Bear rescue and rehabilitation is always risky and never comes with a guarantee of success; we know that from painful experience. We hope Piccola recovers and that the officers will find her sibling. If they do, we're ready, willing and able to care for it. Remember to click on the link below to vote for Appalachian Bear Rescue in the #25yearsofgiving video contest so we can win up to $25,000 to purchase bear-resistant trash cans! You can vote daily from now until Aug. 31, 2018. Every vote is important!
I just don’t understand why homeowners were allowed to shoot a bear with three cubs. I find it INCREDIBLY hard to believe that a bear supposedly hung around at their house often enough to make them feel the need to kill it, and they didn’t ever see the cubs?? Or that this was a lactating female? Why was the bear spending so much time hanging out there anyway?? Food perhaps ?? and then the bear gets too close and it’s the bear’s fault. Sorry but a mama gets shot to death, one of her cubbies gets hit by a car and dies, one gets badly injured and may die due to being darted and a third orphan is still wandering around out there probably starving to death .....sorry if I have offended anyone but my heart just breaks over this senseless loss of life due to humans.
Well. A single sharp dart into Piccolo, with capture and medical care immediately, is way better than something she ate poking several holes days, weeks before surgery. And the fact she had not been eating much might work in her favor I do not blame the officers, they made a good decision that turned out not too good. Hope they get her sister, but I bet they do not try to dart her.
I wish there was a way to prevent this by making sure there are no cubs before mother is relocated or worse, killed. It’s so sad to me. Can’t they set a trap or something? Why would a bear be trying to get into a home unless they smell food? Is that normal? There has to be a better way to coexist with bears who were here first. I’m still praying for Piccola and hoping for rescue of her sibling. Rip mama.
Wow Piccola has quite a backstory. I agree with Ann about it being better than multiple perforations. She has a better chance at recovery...❤️
It's good that the wildlife folks in KY are trying so hard to save the orphaned cubs. That kind of dedication, as well as yours is wonderful. Glad the six pack has decided to get along. Hopefully Piccola will continue to recover and thrive.
So sad about the Mama bear in KY. I understand the home owner had to do something. Had to be scary when a bear tries to get into your house twice. Why is Viola still so small? Do you mean in stature or weight?
Thank you for giving us Piccola's story. I feel badly for Officer Tristan; I'm sure the dart accident was the last thing he wanted. Wily little cubs! I know all of us continue to send prayers for Piccola's complete recovery. Every hour of every day is a gift. And I hope, so hope, he'll be able to capture the last cub without incident. Eight weeks is a long time for cubs that age to be on their own.
I had to smile at Viola, Willow, and Bosco meeting with Cherry, Ruff, and Tumble. It made me think of two-year-old squabbling and then settling down to play with each other! Now it remains to be seen if six cubs can fit on the resting platform!
Thank you again and again, ABR, for everything you do to care for the cubs.
Thanks for the info.... sad situation...prayers for the officer I'm sure it's hard on him and the home owner....
Darting her was a last resort and I don't think the wildlife officer here intended for her to move in a way that her injury occurred but if you've got more than one bear in the area with three Cubs if you don't want to take somebody's Cub away from them if you don't have to, But glad to know how her injury happened and he did race her all the way down to Tennessee to get the care quickly I have face that Miss Piccola will get on the mend and become a feisty little girl after all she's Kentucky born and bred and Kentucky girls are Fighters hopefully they will find her sibling soon fingers crossed I would love for her to know that she still has at least one family member left out of three so sorry your other sibling got killed by a car though
Voting every day thanks to your link to the video every day.
What a strange, sad, and multi-faceted story behind Piccola. Thank you for sharing it with us. It is not my place to judge the actions that brought her to ABR. I hope and pray for her full recovery, and I hope they can capture her sibling and bring it to you as well, for the best possible outcome.
Thank you for telling sweet Piccola's story. We were all wondering.
🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 for her sibling to be caught safely soon
Praying for a recovery for Piccola. Such a sad story!
I am praying the sibling cub is found soon and can receive care
I am glad Sir Tristan was able to get immediate help for little Piccola. I know she is not out of the woods but I have hope each day that she progresses. I look forward to the day they all return to their homes and have a chance to live free.🐻🐾🍁🍂
A very intense history for Piccola Bear. I pray she continues to do well and I hope they are able to catch her sibling safely. Thank you ABR for her story.
Thank God for all the good peoples at ABR. Hope they find those little babies
Ya'll have a full house. I love reading your insight and love all these babies. You have taught me so much about the bears in our area, I am no longer terrified but educated. Thank you for everything thing you do for all the bears and people. ♡♡♡
ABR, thank you so much for the account of the "first contact". So glad they are getting along. I hope all 6 don't try to sleep on the resting platform; there would be too many chubby cubbies for everyone to fit comfortably unless they have another "mash up". Bumble B and Magnolia are doing what yearlings do. Thank you for the story of Piccola Bear; the whole story just breaks my heart for them. And I'm sure Officer Tristan must feel awful, but I'm sure he did the best he could with a scared cub. Prayers continue for Piccola's healing and the safe capture of her sibling. Prayers too for all the curators and the extra stress and work they have. ❤️🐻 and ABR.
Hang in there, sweet little Piccola. Keep eating that nutricious formula, taking those important meds at the same time. And so crossing fingers the officers manage to locate and trap your sibling, so it too can enjoy the luxury life at ABR B&B while you rest, recouperate, and chubify. Bear hugs!! <3 <3
Thank you so much. I always enjoy my "family" snap shots! Thank you, too, for the history of little Piccola. What a start she got! God's blessings on each of you who love and care for these little gifts from God.
Appalachian Bear Rescue thank you for always telling us the whole story, though we may not like it. I respect your honesty and trust you.
Praying Piccola continues to make a complete recovery....thank you for Piccolas story that's so sad about her mommy and her sibling that got hit, now get other sibling might be wandering around starving 😢😢..I love that all 6 cubs have met 😊hopefully they will all get along and enjoy each other's company.❤❤❤❤❤❤
I feel so sorry for the homeowner and the mama bear. He/she must be a really good person to care so much about the safety of the cubs. It must have been so difficult to have had to make the decision to shoot the mother.
A brief update to let you know Piccola Bear had a good night. She’s eating her breakfast with vigor and found the energy to drag her bed to a more suitable area. We’ll answer your questions regarding Piccola’s history in our late afternoon post. Thank you for helping us help her. ❤️
Oh my goodness I must have missed that post I hope that Kentucky fish and wildlife finds her or him and get him to ABR as soon as possible I wouldn't want him/her to be going through the same issue as Piccolo with a bowel perforation that needs fixing
Did you see the comment yesterday from Shannon Duncan Miller that Piccola has a sibling? I'm so hoping they can capture it and get it to ABR. Thank you for letting us know that Piccola had a good night.
Happy to hear Piccolo had a good night and eating her food! Continued prayers for her! Thank you for the update! Voted!
Good to hear. With her injuries she could have easily died. Kudos to the vet at UT for a job well done and to you ABR for fantastic post op care!
Voted. It’s good to hear sweet baby Piccolo had a good night. Prayers for her continued recovery.🙏🏻♥️🐻♥️
Thank you for the early update--I'm thinking about her often and always hoping for good news. Thanks for taking care of her and all the babies.
Thank you for letting us know that Piccola is doing well so far! Have you been able to increase the amount of replacement milk yet? Looking forward to hearing more later today.
This is wonderful news! And I’m voting!
Great news for Piccola Bear and I voted.
Continued prayers for little one, and all my little cubbies that they continue to heal, grow strong and thrive. Blessings to each of you for your loving care of them.
Thanks for the update! So glad she had a good night! Voted!!🙃
"...and found the energy to drag her bed to a more suitable area." 😂😃😄
I won't get too excited yet b/c I know she is medically not "out of the woods yet", but it's always a good sign when they rearrange their furniture. Looking forward to reports of her huffing and blowing at the curators. 😊
Ah, rearranging her hotel room, is she now. Must be feeling better then, bless her little heart. Perhaps she hopes for a career in interior design when she grows up to be a BIG BEAR. I approve.
Thanks for the update and I just voted.
Thanks for letting us know, and I’ve voted.
I've voted daily. So glad that Piccola is doing well so far. Continued prayers for her full recovery and for all our bears. What's this I read in comments about a possible sibling?
Dr. Ramsay of The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine called today to ask if he might visit the facility to check on Piccola Bear and introduce some of his students to what Appalachian Bear Rescue has to offer. The curators were happy to oblige and proud to show the UT team what your generous donations have helped us build. Everyone was rightly impressed with The Cub Nursery, The Red Roof Recovery Center, The Cub House and The Wild Enclosures.
Piccola’s diet is restricted to bear milk replacement formula, but she seems to love it and is eating well. Perhaps in honor of our distinguished visitors, she delivered her first poops since arriving at ABR, a sign her plumbing is working again. Dr. Ramsay is cautious in his prognosis, but said we should continue with her current treatment. The antibiotics and pain meds seem to be working and Piccola doesn’t appear too stressed with her confinement. It’s one day at a time.
The First Tennessee Foundation is celebrating 25 years of giving through a video contest and we could be eligible to receive up to $25,000 for our organization. Should we win, we’ll use the money to purchase bear-resistant trash cans for our community. Our video has been submitted to the 25 Years of Giving Video Contest from the First Horizon Foundation and now we need YOU to vote for us! The top 30 videos with the most votes will advance to the next level as a finalist and could be one of the 25 selected winners receiving a grant. Click the link below to vote for us in the #25yearsofgiving video contest. You can vote once daily from now until Aug. 31, 2018.
Piccola bear has a sibling. Which was unknown at the time. We have contacted Kentucky fish and wildlife. They have contacted Tristan, in hopes that he can get this bear and possibly reunite it with its sister, Piccola.
Love the updates! Thank you for keeping us all aware of what’s going on with each bear.
I’m not a dr. but I play one on tv.. can I come visit?
I'd asked this question a few days ago, but maybe it got lost in the shuffle, so here goes again. How does a cub get intestinal perforations? Worms? Just curious. Thanks! OH, and I'm so glad to see she's a wee bit better today.
Keep improving Piccolo. Rooting for you from Oklahoma.
I must have missed the first post about how this bear came to be at ABR. Do you have a link to the intro to Piccola and what happened to her? Thanks.
Just thought I'd let everybody know that for my birthday I picked ABR for my birthday fund raiser come to my page and donate if you can. Thank you !
Happy to hear our little Kentucky girl, Piccolo, is holding her own right now! Continued prayers for her! Thank you for the update! Sounds like ABR had a busy day!
I’m so glad that Dr Ramsay and his students came to visit ABR. This lets the students see the positive outcomes from their initial treatments and encounters with the bears. 👍 Did the other residents come out and perform on video for the guests?
Happy you had such interested guest to visit. I think you have a Fantastic place to rehab cubs. I know they thought so as well. It was good to hear that Piccola has made it through another day and that she was able to do her Bear Business. That's a good sign. Pic you are in my prayers. Have a good weekend.
I have so much respect and admiration for Dr. Ramsay and his students and team at UT for all they've done for the cubs over the years. 24/7, just the like the very special Curators, they're there for the cubs. Thanks for the VOTE FOR US reminder!!! I'm all signed-up and voted again! You said until 8/31 right?
People have it too. I hear it’s caused by infection in most cases. The serious part in humans is bloodstream and we just had a friend that recovered because they caught it before the blood was an issue.
That little cub has a long difficult road towards recovery in front of her. She is in the best place possible to insure her recovery.
Good girl, Piccola! Keep up the good work! We're all keeping our fingers crossed for small improvements each day so you also can be released into the rest of the cubby chaos! And thank you to the team at UT for their care and concern. I bet they learned a lot during their visit to ABR.
I think that's just wonderful that Dr. Ramsay and some of his students came to visit ABR and to see how Piccolo Bear is progressing. It shows a real commitment to his patients and was also a great opportunity for his students to see where the little rescued bears go for their rehabilitation. Still praying that dear little Piccolo will heal quickly so that she doesn't become stressed by confinement. What amazing work you do ABR! 💖
I ALSO KNOW ABOUT HER TUMMY!!!! Sounds like she ate something that smelled like food but wasn’t.....
Many askers what about an answer PLEASE
So sweet that they came to check on Piccola. Hope she continues to improve so she can have some fruits, etc.
Thumbs up on the pooping Piccola!
A day well done, Piccola. Carry on sweet girl. Your in the bestest of best hands and loved by many.
Fantastic day, showcasing ABR facilities for the veterinary school Vigilance and Prayer continue for Piccolo’s return to health and freedom. 💕
Voted but not happy u have to make an account to do so! And it wasn’t even working ffor 2 days!!!
Voted! Love these bears and everything you do for them.
One cubby step at a time toward healing & recovery...🐾 ♥️ 🐾
Continued prayers for Piccola!
Voted and glad that Piccola bear is holding her own. She is in the best hands. Thank you for all you do 🐻❤
Our curators are working in shifts, round-the-clock, in order to care for Piccola Bear while she recovers from surgery. Her health is still precarious, but she’s holding her own. We’re happy to report she ate her meager breakfast of bear milk replacement formula with much enthusiasm. Mixed into the milk were today’s dose of antibiotics and pain meds, bound to give her some relief and prevent infection. She slept well and doesn’t seem too bothered by her confinement or her restricted diet.
Our six cubs seem to be working in shifts too. When we last saw Willow, Viola and Bosco, they were napping, sprawled on their resting platform. They were still there this morning, but the new kids on the block, Cherry, Ruff and Tumble, were already foraging. The Wild Enclosure is big enough to allow the two groups to keep their distance, but eventually, they will make ‘first contact”.
Yesterday’s post featuring Bumble B. Bear’s dens had many of you asking if he’s getting ready to hibernate. It’s too early for bears in our area to think about denning, though they’re always scouting for den sites, keeping them in mind for when they’ll need one. Black bears often make daybeds at the base of a tree near a good food source. Usually, they’re simple clearings on the ground but they can be rather elaborate nests. We’ve had former residents build daybeds, but we don’t see them until after the bears leave the facility. We think Bumble may be using the Culvert Dens as his “daybeds”. Our new cameras are giving us a glimpse of resident bear behavior we’ve never been able to witness.
We’ve been notified the glitches on the voting site have been fixed. We hope you’ll vote every day for Appalachian Bear Rescue so we can purchase new bear-resistant trash cans for our community. The First Tennessee Foundation is celebrating 25 years of giving through a video contest and we could be eligible to receive up to $25,000 for our organization. Our video has been submitted to the 25 Years of Giving Video Contest from the First Horizon Foundation and now we need YOU to vote for us! The top 30 videos with the most votes will advance to the next level as a finalist and could be one of the 25 selected winners receiving a grant. Click the link below to vote for us in the #25yearsofgiving video contest. You can vote once daily from now until Aug. 31, 2018.
Voted again. If you post this daily I will vote daily
Sorry i didnt see the post telling about Piccola, what happened to it that it had to have surgery, praying that it has a full recovery
I don 't seem you told....what is the most probable cause of Piccola's intestine perforations?thankyou in Advance for an answer😊
I put the voting link on my timeline so I don’t have to hunt for it every time.
Hurray! I finally got to watch Janet’s excellent video!
Keep on healing, Piccola Bear! We're all pulling for you! Happy to hear she's eating enthusiastically and sleeping well - and, most of all, she's not too stressed being confined. I'm sure she can smell the other bears and hope she'll be eager to join the party. I, for one, am not too surprised the other six cubs haven't joined forces - their "groups" were already established and there may be little reason to change, yet. But it's good there hasn't been much huffing and challenging. Cubby chaos is coming, though, when the six decide to team up! Bumble B. makes me smile with his culvert day beds - complete with snacks! Thank you, ABR, for continuing to give us glimpses into the lives of the young bears.
I Voted. And it looks like a lot more have too..Hooray! So happy to see little Piccola is holding her own. She's a fighter. Thank you for the 24/7 that you are all doing. That and making sure all the other wards of yours are safe in place and well fed. The pictures of the Condo Cubs have really made me laugh. And the New Cubs...well I am happy to see them eating to their Hearts Desire.
What are perforated intestines? I think that's how Picolla's ailment that required surgery is described? How did she get it? Appalachian Bear Rescue?
Voted !! Glad all the bears are doing well .praying for Piccola ,eat,sleep and you will do great💖💖🐻🐻 Thank you to all the curators for taking such good care of all the bears!!!💖💖🐻🐻
Wow - what a full house you are getting!! It was great you had some bear free time to do the maintenance and repairs that were needed as well as installing the cameras.
Praying for a speedy and complete recovery.
That replacement formula has lots of nutrition compared to applesauce. She needs it. Smart girl. Gentle bear hugs.
Voted and got to see the video this time !! Well done, Curator Janet !! Let’s do this everyone, for ABR !!❤️❤️🐻🐻
Can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy your daily updates and pics. Simply amazing.
Keep doing well Piccola! So glad you're at ABR, Soon you'll be ok!
I am wondering why her intestines were perforated? Did she have a wound near the area???
God bless them all just wish I could pick them all up in my arms and keep them !! But I know that wouldn’t be good for them or humans :)) still sending healing thoughts to little Piccola bear
Aww, so glad for news of Picolla! Hope she keeps improving!
Bless the little bears. ❤️🙏
2nd day of voting done! Will keep it up and let others know about it. We’ve gotta win for the bears! ❤️🐻
I'm so glad little Piccolo Bear is in your care. The best possible place for a little bear in need. 💖
Hold on sweet girl we’re praying for you🐻💜
Prayers for precious Piccola!! 🙏🙏Glad everyone to doing well
Praying the Great Spirit is holing u close sweet one🐻💜
why do i have to leave my email address when i want to vote?
i don't want to give it out. i've done these things before and wind up with tons of emails that it takes months to get rid of and some of them are downright filthy in content.
Piccola Bear decided she didn’t want applesauce. We don’t know why and we’re in no position to ask. However, she has shown a fondness for bear milk replacement formula, so the curators are mixing her meds into a small quantity of milk, hoping she’ll accept it. On the way home from UT yesterday, Piccola produced some runny scat (yay!) and today, she peed (yay!). This little bear has a long recovery ahead, and we celebrate every day as a gift.
The six cubs in Wild Enclosure #4 are adjusting to life together on their own terms. Willow, Viola and Bosco keep to one side of the enclosure and Cherry, Ruff and Tumble keep to their side. Bosco arrived alone, so he felt a greater need to introduce himself to Willow and Viola. Cherry, Ruff and Tumble have all the company they require, so there’s no urgency to make the acquaintance of the other cubs in the neighborhood. The six cubs know about each other and are content to share the amenities in shifts...except for the resting platform. That seems exclusive to Willow, Viola and Bosco. This might be a permanent arrangement or it could change overnight; it’s cubby business and none of ours.
Magnolia wasn’t visible today, but Bumble B. Bear was out. We’ve noticed a change in his behavior; he’s not in his pool as often and seems content to remain on the far side of his enclosure. He’s been busy making the two culvert dens comfortable and stocked one with snacks. We don’t know why he’s changed his routine, but as long as he’s healthy, it's his business and none of ours.
The First Tennessee Foundation is celebrating 25 years of giving through a video contest and we could be eligible to receive up to $25,000 for our organization. Our video has been submitted to the 25 Years of Giving Video Contest from the First Horizon Foundation and now we need YOU to vote for us! The top 30 videos with the most votes will advance to the next level as a finalist and could be one of the 25 selected winners receiving a grant. Click the link below to vote for us in the #25yearsofgiving video contest. You can vote once daily from now until Aug. 31, 2018.
Piccola heard rumors of Doctored Apple sauce. I believe in Virginia the bears have gone into feeding mode...This morning every single apple was gone from my tree. Which is fine. The acorns aren't ready yet so every rotting log beware. Thank you for the picture of our Cubs and Bumble. My thoughts are still with little Piccola.I hope everyone is recovering from last evening. Many Thanks,
Bumble isn’t preparing for fall/winter is he?
Is Bumble preparing for winter?
Piccola, in the words of Aretha Franklin, "I say a little prayer for you." Thank you, ARB, for giving all the cubbies in your care a second chance.
Voted. Please everyone vote. We want ABR to win this.
When did piccolo arrive at ABR?
I am so frustrated. Trying to sign up so I can vote and it's not accepting either of my email addresses.
Voted earlier today. ABR is a busy place this year!
Thanks for reposting the voting link. Each day I've voted. YEAH. And, of course, thank you for these informative updates.
Thank you for sharing the bears😊 I’m praying Piccolo makes it🙏🏻 What an awesome job all of you do for those fur babies🐻
So grateful for your healing energy for little one, and all the little cubbies. May it continue to strengthen and bless them. Thank you.
♥️&🙏🏼 for the treasured gifts of creation in your care. Believing for a full recovery for Piccolo. Thanks ABR. Smiles 👌🏼
Glad to hear the 6 cubs are okay and and Magnolia and Bubble are doing well! Glad to hear Cherry is drinking her milk♥️🙏
Cont`d prayers for Piccola! Thnx for everything ABR & UT! ❤️🐻
2 gals and a guy...2 guys and a gal...js
Sending healing prayers for sweet little Piccola💖🐻
Thank you ABR!
Thank you Janet, I just missed her story will go read it!
Thrilled you have survived another day and that your innards are beginning to work. Watching, hoping, waiting. Come on little one your survival instinct kept you alive so long don’t give up now.
Voted! Gd to hear Piccola did her bussiness like a gd bear...And that all is well with all the bears~ xoxo
A poop after intestine surgery!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!! As for the "gang", probably just showing GOOD bear behavior!!!!
That is very good. Take each day and hopefully we will continue to see signs of improvement.
Poop and pee are good signs - for bears and people alike!!!
You do your part. She does her part. And Nature will do the rest! 🙂