11 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

When we have a number of little bears in residence, we refer to them as a “chaos of cubs”. If that isn’t the proper collective, it should be. Since we have only Otto and Rollo as guests, and we know “two’s company…”, we’ll refer to them as a “company of cubs”. Our company is doing well, eating as much as they can, even when it requires them to forage uphill. You’ll notice bears carry their plumpness in their hind end (scientific name: “caboose”.) We’re relieved to report Rollo’s bizarre attempt to turn himself into a “cubsicle” yesterday left his caboose and nubbin undamaged. For this, we are grateful; we can’t imagine how we’d explain THAT injury to the vets at UT. Apart from unconventional seating choices, our bears are thriving and munching their way to chubbiness.

As you know, the wildlife offices responsible for the cubs decide when and where to release them. When the time comes, probably later this year, Otto and Rollo will be returning to the wild separately. Bears have an uncanny sense of “home” even if they haven’t spent a lot of time there. We’ve seen bears travel miles to get back to where they feel they belong and we want our bears to have the advantage of home turf. Black bears lead a mostly solitary life, and the information Curator Coy shared about our GPS collared bears seems to indicate that solitude starts soon after they leave us. Not one GPS collared bear, regardless of kinship, stayed with another for more than a few hours after release. The bear way of life is not our way.

Thank you for your continuing generosity to our bears and to our mission. We’ve tripled the size of our Visitor and Education Centre in order to expand the reach of our mission. Please click on the link below and select “Expanding the Mission” under “Designate this Gift for a Specific Purpose”.
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When we have a number of little bears in residence, we refer to them as a “chaos of cubs”. If that isn’t the proper collective, it should be.  Since we have only Otto and Rollo as guests, and  we know “two’s company…”, we’ll refer to them as a “company of cubs”. Our company is doing well, eating as much as they can, even when it requires them to forage uphill.  You’ll notice bears carry their plumpness in their hind end (scientific name: “caboose”.) We’re relieved to report Rollo’s bizarre attempt to turn himself into a “cubsicle” yesterday left his caboose and nubbin undamaged.  For this, we are grateful; we can’t imagine how we’d explain THAT injury to the vets at UT. Apart from unconventional seating choices, our bears are thriving and munching their way to chubbiness.

As you know, the wildlife offices responsible for the cubs decide when and where to release them. When the time comes, probably later this year, Otto and Rollo will be returning to the wild separately. Bears have an uncanny sense of “home” even if they haven’t spent a lot of time there. We’ve seen bears travel miles to get back to where they feel they belong and we want our bears to have the advantage of home turf. Black bears lead a mostly solitary life, and the information Curator Coy shared about our GPS collared bears seems to indicate that solitude starts soon after they leave us. Not one GPS collared bear, regardless of kinship, stayed with another for more than a few hours after release. The bear way of life is not our way. 

Thank you for your continuing generosity to our bears and to our mission. We’ve tripled the size of our Visitor and Education Centre in order to expand the reach of our mission. Please click on the link below and select “Expanding the Mission” under “Designate this Gift for a Specific Purpose”.
https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/donate_page/donate?track=Website_Donate_Page_Link.

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I obviously missed something and I cannot find it by looking at the older posts. Why the "cubsicle" comment and the concern for Otto's caboose and nubbin? I did see a photo of Rollo's strange position in a tree, but doubt that is the subject of your comment.

I love that word....nubbin....it suits them just fine! I missed Ottos attempt to turn into a cubsicle? I'll have to go back and find out what that's all about....meanwhile I'm lovin' the 2 little nubbins!❤️❤️

They just seem so small! In the wild are they usually on their own by this time in their life?

I too seem to be suffering from hyperphasia and fear the effect on my caboose. Thanks for all the photography and imaginative writing. If these two can gain at the rate of Dani and Summitt, release would be good say in January. Yeah, that might work well depending on when the cold weather comes. I'll bet it's a tricky decision. Last year didn't we keep reading reports of bears that were not hibernating yet in Tennessee?

I quit smoking 3 years ago after smoking for 32 years. Now I've gained 100lbs and it is mostly in my caboose ! Sooo glad the boys are doing sooo well

they are still just little ones. some pictures make them seem quite large until you see them in perspective with trees and plants around them instead of the closer up shots

Everything is early this year because of the warm spring we had. Hickory nuts have already began to fall off of the trees

It seems like a very light year for you guys this year. At this time last year how many cubs did you have?

Ahem. ABR, have you noticed your "company" of cubs has tendencies to act like a chaos of cubs? 😉

Saw the center today. I'm impressed and excited with the room you have now for education. I thought I was picking up one raccoon on the way home. Ended up with two. I'm no good at math but that just doesn't seem right. 😳

ROFL @ "..scientific name: caboose” and “cubsicle”!!!! It seems like they've grown larger overnight. Finnegan still has my heart but these two have a piece of it. Thank you ABR for everything you do for "our" cubs and yearlings. I'm reading Kim DeLozier's book "Bear in the Back Seat' (great stories) and several times it has been mentioned that ABR wasn't in existence yet - sure shows what a need ABR filled. And Daryl's webinar was awesome last night. Waiting for ABR to offer some webinars. 🙂

Did I miss something?? What happened to Otto and turning himself into a cubsicle??

Do you tag or do anything to identify a bear once it has been released and for instance got sick or injured and needed to be re-rescued...would you know that bear?

It still seems as though they are to small and young to be on their own to find a place to hibernate and be able to survive at such a small and young age....I know you don't want them to spend the winter at ABR... i just wish they would !!!!

I've come to the conclusion that i have part bear in my DNA because I too carry plumpness in my hind end,glad that Otto and Rollo are eating well getting ready for their release,if as you think they'll be released later in the year would that be around hibernation time for the bears.

I also agree about releasing them together PLEASE, but i'd also like them to hibernate with you and get bigger before release ❤️

I've enjoyed watching all your rescues and have been sad when its time for them to go, but I have a special place in my heart for these two! Highlight of my day is seeing your posts. Thank you so much for sharing!

I love your commentary of the boys. It makes my day to read about them and see pictures of them doing so well. I do miss Dani and Summitt Bears. I hope they are doing well out there in the wild.❤️🐾🐾

My heart breaks 💔 thinking that the cubbies could be released prior to time for hibernation. They seem small to be thrust into the big world at that time. Would hope they could winter at ABR and be released in the spring. ❤️🐻's

Thanks for sharing the info you learned from the previous GPS-collared bears. That really helps me feel much better emotionally about them being separated for release. The more you know... 🙂

I love the updates but I will say I am going to miss these two, especially Otto when it comes time for their release. Thank you for sharing them with us and for taking such good care of these babies. I look forward each day for their update for the day.

Making Otto and Rollo work "uphill" as they gather their food is a marvelous idea. Appalachian Bear Rescue you sure take good care of your "residents."

I know you have to do what is best for the best but the Cubs still seem awfully small to go out into the wide world alone and thrive and hibernate. 😐

So glad both cubbies are doing well, enjoying the ABR bounty and nubbins are intact! Hope they keep packing it in for fall & winter.

Somehow... I would bet that Rollo and Otto would be the "exception" and continue to hang out together and play after they are released... ❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻

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1 day ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Why Rollo would choose to sit like this is beyond our understanding, but apparently it’s considered comfortable in the cubby world. We must remember Otto and Rollo are bears; what they do makes sense to them, though it’s often bewildering to us. However, there’s one aspect of a black bear’s behavior we understand completely. Hyperphagia occurs every year, and for an animal who must live for months off stored fat, it makes sense it eats as much as it can before winter and hibernation. The curators agree Otto and Rollo have officially entered hyperphagia. The cubs are eating with greater urgency and choosing to eat nuts and Mazouri Bear Diet Pellets BEFORE the fruit and berries they doted on just a few days ago. They seem to be naturally attracted to food that provides high fat and protein. The curators will be feeding them twice a day, with nuts and bear diet pellets high on the menu.

During the clean up of Wild Enclosure #4, the curator discovered where Summitt had been hiding on those days he chose to be invisible. The clever yearling had made a cozy daybed in the shady undergrowth, away from prying eyes. Black bears make daybeds near safe and plentiful food sources. Some are no more than depressions in the grass, others are more elaborate. They’re not meant for longterm habitation, they’re just a place to rest before traveling again.

We’ve tripled the size of our Visitor and Education Centre in order to expand the reach of our mission. Please click on the link below and select “Expanding the Mission” under “Designate this Gift for a Specific Purpose”. Thank you for your support of Otto, Rollo and our mission.

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Why Rollo would choose to sit like this is beyond our understanding, but apparently it’s considered comfortable in the cubby world. We must remember Otto and Rollo are bears; what they do makes sense to them, though it’s often bewildering to us. However, there’s one aspect of a black bear’s behavior we understand completely. Hyperphagia occurs every year, and for an animal who must live for months off stored fat, it makes sense it eats as much as it can before winter and hibernation. The curators agree Otto and Rollo have officially entered hyperphagia. The cubs are eating with greater urgency and choosing to eat nuts and Mazouri Bear Diet Pellets BEFORE the fruit and berries they doted on just a few days ago. They seem to be naturally attracted to food that provides high fat and protein. The curators will be feeding them twice a day, with nuts and bear diet pellets high on the menu.

During the clean up of Wild Enclosure #4, the curator discovered where Summitt had been hiding on those days he chose to be invisible. The clever yearling had made a cozy daybed in the shady undergrowth, away from prying eyes. Black bears make daybeds near safe and plentiful food sources. Some are no more than depressions in the grass, others are more elaborate. They’re not meant for longterm habitation, they’re just a place to rest before traveling again. 

We’ve tripled the size of our Visitor and Education Centre in order to expand the reach of our mission. Please click on the link below and select “Expanding the Mission” under “Designate this Gift for a Specific Purpose”. Thank you for your support of Otto, Rollo and our mission. 

https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/donate_page/donate?track=Website_Donate_Page_Link

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will Otto and Rollo hibernate at ABR or do you suppose they will be big enough to be released by then? If the stay at ABR, where will they hibernate?

When will we start hearing about the bears that have been released?

Daryl Ratajczak's webinar was OUTSTANDING!!!! I hope he does more!!!

Summits day bed is were he did his yoga privately 😊 I was just reading a email from Yellowstone National Park that right now their black bears and grizzly bears are consuming 40,000 moths a day in August 😳 Amazing article! I never have heard you mention moths are they in your region fasanating

I'm wondering with hyperphagia setting in and Summit and Dani not eating plentifully,as they were with you, if theyre losing weight now do they skip hibernation or go to sleep with the reserves of fat theyre still carrying?..

Otto & Rollo are such beautiful little cubs 💙 I know they won't be & can't be, but how great if they were released together (not too soon I am sure we are all praying) They seem to be inseparable. I believe my hummingbirds have entered hyperphagia also. Eating like little pigs!

One of the white-tailed deer in my neighborhood has created a daybed at the edge of my woods. She can see all of the woods where the fawns are snoozing plus five backyards, and has a direct view of the pear tree across the street. You know, just in case the crows dislodge one.

I was at ABR vistor center today and Sandy was wonderful to us i took pics and bought a keychain and Tshirt i loved it there would have loved to meet the cyrators but i am sure they were busy thank you

Is the study over on the bears that were released with radio collars? I was interested in the summary, mainly how are all the Bears doing?

This question has probably been asked & answered before but I am new to this site. Will the cubs stay at the center during the upcoming winter or be released in the fall? Are they capable of taking care of themselves outside of the sanctuary at such a young age?

Will Rollo and Otto get to spend the winter at ABR?

Your posts are so beautifully written,makes supporting ABR and these sweet bears worthwhile. Donate bear lovers in order to keep this awesome organization going!

Those bears are so funny just hanging around withour a care in the world I'm still trying to figure out how they dont slide down the branch;Maybe there's a little branch sticking up where they rest their bums,whatever it is they certainly look relaxed..

I don't see how the bears can sleep in those positions like they do! That would be so uncomfortable for me! But I am not a bear with all that fur. No wonder you couldn't see Summitt. He was hid so well. Thank you for sharing!

Thanks you for all you do for these amazing animals and thank you for sharing them with us!

Wonderful pictures as always. Thank you so much for all that you are doing for these cubs. Have a bearful day!

Rollo looks lazzzzzyyy and laid back. Looks comfortable to me! lol

Funny, how following the site and bears, it's not hard to figure out the limits of Otto's and Rollo's time with ARB. Time for the boys to fatten up.

If I could glue myself to a tree and take a nap I would but then I am not bear.

The cubbies say - it's wonderful wonderful oh so wonderful to be loved 🎶

Photos are awesome as always. Thanks for sharing them!

So cute.love to watch them.Thanks for all you do for our furry friends. 😊

Otto and Rollo just being lazy. Sleeping in a tree amazes me. I realize it's a bear thing.

Great pics but Rollo looks sooo small even compared to Otto. just hangin!!❤

so wonderful and educating pictures all the time <3 thank you!

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ABR Video Update-August 14, 2017

We’re thrilled the curator got video evidence confirming “The Purloined Pear” story we posted yesterday. There were plenty of pears scattered around the Enclosure, but Otto got one and Rollo wanted it. The cubs get along well, and their spats are brief; this one sounded worse than it was. It was over in a few minutes and this morning, the cubs are back to hanging out together in their tree.

We’ve tripled the size of our Visitor and Education Centre in order to expand the reach of our mission. Please click on the link below and select “Expanding the Mission” under “Designate this Gift for a Specific Purpose”. Thank you for your support of Otto, Rollo and our mission.

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youtu.be/ElmmDUbIw5gOtto and Rollo, our six-month-old orphaned black bear cubs, are getting bigger. They get along well in their Wild Enclosure, but there are the occasional spa...
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Does anyone other than me wonder what Summit and Dani are doing and are they finding enough to eat!!? I miss them and their updates!

Would ABR be interested in any figs? My sisters bush is dripping with ripe figs. I would gladly bring them to the educational center if you want them. I will be going by her house in Wednesday this week. Let me know.

ABR -> Do you ever add a live trout / fish to thier pools , so they can learn to capture it and eat it like in the wild ???

I know you all know what you're doing and have great success at this but my heart always stops when I see or hear that these 2 will be returned to the wild later this year. I think they will never be big enough to survive without some form of protection. 🐻❤

Great video ABR, sorry can you tell me if Otto or Rollo is the younger / smaller

Did Otto get the second pear?? It's hard not to feel bad for him!

Seeing the video, CLEARLY the perpetrator of the purloined pear had NO remorse. As a matter of fact, he appeared quite pleased with himself eating the purloined pear in front of Otto. 😈🍐😊 😮😑😠😡 🤣😄

Hmmm. Me thinks our little bears never heard of "honor among thieves".😉

Rolo and & Otto make quite a pear, 😊, it will be interesting to see when released how they fare. Just like siblings they quarrel and such, as they grow older maybe not so much.

If we ever semi-retire and move to the area, I am going to plant Pear Trees and blackberry bushes in order to supply ABR with enough of these sweet treats for these amazing creatures. LOVE the video! Jenna Williams

Love the video of the cubbies squabbling over the pear! Happy all was forgiven later! They are so precious! Thank you for sharing and for caring so much to see that these bears are healthy and happy for when the time comes for their release back to the wild!

Drove thru the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Gatlinburg today and saw a "collard" momma with 2 cubs foraging. The little cubs reminds me Otto & Rollo as they foraging side-by-side. Wondered if they were trying to "steal" each other's find.

Just like children one always wants what the other has,but somehow it seems funnier when it's two little cubbies. and it's all over in a few minutes 🐻

Love hearing them and watching them interact with each other. Thank you so much for posting such a great video! Looking forward to seeing you all at the Hot Air Balloon Festival!♥️🐻

Absolutely loved the video! Both Otto Bear and Rollo Bear are two characters, either they're playing, climbing trees, or recently squabbles over pears! Either way love their posts, today's video! Just glad that they can interact with each other, have each other for company! Great way to socialize, even if its only while at ABR! ! Thank you for sharing their lives with us all, you're all like family to me!! Thank you always for all the Updates! !!Thank you for sharing their lives, their Journey back to the Wild! !! 🐻🐻😀❤💛💙💖💚💜💛💙💖💚

Oh. I loved listening to them vocalizing to each other. Great job to the curator who caught it all on tape. I am glad that Rollo is finally standing up for himself. And I am glad that their spats don't last long and all is forgotten and forgiven in a matter of minutes. Lol. Best buds til the end.

Rollo you little stinker! Be nice to your brother from another mother!! No more of that kind of silliness you have plenty of food!! On the other hand I hope that Otto does not run like that in the wild and hope he will be able to find food!! <3

I will admit, that broke my heart. These cubs are just babies without their moms. Each day is a learning experience for them, they don't have the emotional support of a mother teaching them that it's okay and not a big deal. It was nice to hear the vocals and I was laughing at them chasing each other. They can move fast if they have to. Keep up the great work you do for these beautiful bears. 💛🐻💛🐻💛 and then there were only two.

Sometimes you just want what someone else had and Rollo that pear looked good in Ottis paws, poor Otto he really had his heart set on that pear 🍐!! Some how I think Rollo won't do that again 😊😊🍐🐻🐻

Cubbies squabble over pears - just too funny. So glad it was caught on video, thanks for sharing. 🙂

That's just too funny!! He was quite vocal about having been done wrong!

I love this video and hearing them fussing at each other!! ❤️💙

This so fun to watch. I could do it all day. Thanks for sharing

❤ these 2 brothers from different mothers.. I cried when Summit left. Not going to handle seeing these babies go.. nature is too cruel lol.

Oh such angry voices. Lol. Just like two kids fighting over a sucker. I just love them.

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4 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Otto and Rollo foraged in the same area as yesterday. This isn’t a coincidence. Our curators usually distribute food at different times and at different locations so the cubs don't learn to expect meal delivery. However, when they need to observe the cubs, they toss food close to the Observation Tower and away from the undergrowth, so the bears have to come out. At this time, the curators must be able to see how much the bears are eating and gauge their behavior at feeding time. Conflict may signal the cubs are in hyperphagia and the quantity of food should be increased. There was a tiff over a purloined pear: Otto had it, Rollo stole it, Otto wanted it back, Rollo ate it. We didn’t have to infer Otto’s anger; he vocalized his rage then engaged the thieving cub in a bout of serious wrestling. Later, the curator observed another pear floating in the Cubby Pool with a single bite taken out. There were lots of pears to eat, so the argument was territorial, and not related to the quantity of food.

The cub fight was loud and short-lived. Much of bear behavior is bluff and bluster, often misinterpreted as aggression. As a rule, black bears would rather run than fight. On June 25, 2017, after moving Otto and Rollo to their Acclimation Pen, we made a casual reference to them having "Tasmanian Devil DNA" to indicate how fiercely they resisted capture. Ian, an ABR Facebook friend from Australia, messaged us to share that Tasmanian Devils are as misunderstood as black bears and that our friends might like to learn more about them. We confess our experience with Tasmanian Devils is restricted to the old Looney Tunes cartoon of a whirling tornado that ate everything in its path. Nothing could be further from the truth. ABR is constantly fighting against misconceptions about black bears, so we know how hard it is to dispel fantasies about animals in popular culture. We don’t want to add to this misinformation, not even in jest, so we apologize to The Tasmanian Devil and aim to make up for our ignorance.

It turns out that Tassie Devil behavior has something in common with the American Black Bear’s. Its fierce noises and high pitched screeching are bluff, much like a black bear’s defensive huffing, and are part of a ritual to minimize harmful fighting when feeding communally. From a population of about 150,000 twenty years ago, there are only 10,000 to 50,000 left due to Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) that spreads on contact. Two of the organizations devoted to rescuing them from extinction are the Bonrong Wildlife Sanctuary and Save the Tasmanian Devil Program. We urge our friends to take a moment to visit the links below. Knowledge is key to coexisting with the animals with whom we share this planet.
bonorong.com.au/saving-the-tassie-devil/
www.tassiedevil.com.au/tasdevil.nsf
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Otto and Rollo foraged in the same area as yesterday. This isn’t a coincidence. Our curators usually distribute food at different times and at different locations so the cubs dont learn to expect meal delivery. However, when they need to observe the cubs, they toss food close to the Observation Tower and away from the undergrowth, so the bears have to come out. At this time, the curators must be able to see how much the bears are eating and gauge their behavior at feeding time. Conflict may signal the cubs are in hyperphagia and the quantity of food should be increased. There was a tiff over a purloined pear: Otto had it, Rollo stole it, Otto wanted it back, Rollo ate it. We didn’t have to infer Otto’s anger; he vocalized his rage then engaged the thieving cub in a bout of serious wrestling. Later, the curator observed another pear floating in the Cubby Pool with a single bite taken out. There were lots of pears to eat, so the argument was territorial, and not related to the quantity of food. 

The cub fight was loud and short-lived. Much of bear behavior is bluff and bluster, often misinterpreted as aggression. As a rule, black bears would rather run than fight. On June 25, 2017, after moving Otto and Rollo to their Acclimation Pen, we made a casual reference to them having Tasmanian Devil DNA to indicate how fiercely they resisted capture. Ian, an ABR Facebook friend from Australia, messaged us to share that Tasmanian Devils are as misunderstood as black bears and that our friends might like to learn more about them. We confess our experience with Tasmanian Devils is restricted to the old Looney Tunes cartoon of a whirling tornado that ate everything in its path. Nothing could be further from the truth. ABR is constantly fighting against misconceptions about black bears, so we know how hard it is to dispel fantasies about animals in popular culture.  We don’t want to add to this misinformation, not even in jest, so we apologize to The Tasmanian Devil and aim to make up for our ignorance.

It turns out that Tassie Devil behavior has something in common with the American Black Bear’s. Its fierce noises and high pitched screeching are bluff, much like a black bear’s defensive huffing, and are part of a ritual to minimize harmful fighting when feeding communally. From a population of about 150,000 twenty years ago, there are only 10,000 to 50,000 left due to Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) that spreads on contact. Two of the organizations devoted to rescuing them from extinction are the Bonrong Wildlife Sanctuary and Save the Tasmanian Devil Program. We urge our friends to take a moment to visit the links below. Knowledge is key to coexisting with the animals with whom we share this planet. 
http://bonorong.com.au/saving-the-tassie-devil/
http://www.tassiedevil.com.au/tasdevil.nsf

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I love these bears can't bear to see them go when times up how anyone can harm them only God knows will they spend hibernation will u ❤️🐾🐾🐻

Can you tell me if the eclipse will affect the cubs (or any animals) behavior. If so, in what way. Seems like it would have some impact....just curious. Thank you!❤️

I've been following the Tasmanian Devil issues for some time. They really are fantastic animals. Back to the thieving Rollo. He may yet pay! I see the same behavior in my raccoons. Three of them spent the better part of an hour stealing and hiding a crawfish one day. Then it pinched one on the nose. The funeral was quite short followed by dinner on the ground. 😳

I have another few dumb questions for you! Ticks. Will they be checked for ticks prior to release or is that something you guys treat the acclimation areas for prior to them entering? Do bears coming in get tick preventative upon arrival and release like a dog or cat would or nah?

Oh I knew one day Rollo would eat a pear in front of Otto and then to sit in his spot, that would be huffing words 😊 glad it was short lived! Thank you for the information on Tasmanian Devils such a terrible name for a amazing animal! Thank you ABR

Thank you for the links to the organizations and for setting the record straight. I'm afraid most of us identify with the cartoon as opposed to the real life Tasmanian Devil. They are also beautiful animals in their own right. Thank you for taking such good care of Otto and Rollo. 💜

The fact that your organization takes the time țo educate us about another animal and organizations trying to save them says what a class act ABR really is! Thank you for all you do!!

I'd love to know who put the pear in the cubby pool! 😀 Thanks for the information about the Tasmanian Devils. The facial tumour disease has decimated the population but there has been some really great work done in building insurance populations on mainland Australia and another small island off the coast of Tasmania. It's a hideous disease. :'-(

Reading this post I was reminded of my beloved gorilla friends and continue to see similarities to the black bears and now the Taz devils too! Gorillas are powerful wusses who display and show off but rarely get into fisticuffs, despite their King Kong reputation. They're lovers, not fighters. Like your beloved bears they just want to be left alone with their food and their family. Bless you for helping making this possible for those would might otherwise not have a chance.

And from another Australian, thanks - but they certainly have their "bluff" down pat - I was on the other side of a fence and still felt the urge to flee 😊 would share a pic but see I can't.

I've been so delighted to learn so much about bears from you all at ABR (I will be spending some time in nearby bear territory soon and I LOVE how much more I know about them now than when I first encountered them there - the Eastern Sierras), but now you surprise me - and delightfully so! - with a lesson on the Tasmanian Devil! Thanks for another lesson on the co-inhabitants of this planet.

Well certainly loved this post of Rollo Bear and Otto Bear, these two sweet, adorable little cubbies go from squabbles to playing, always interesting posts! Love all of the posts on Rollo Bear, Otto Bear, always put a smile on my face! Love em!!! ☺☺☺🐻🐻💙💖💚💜💛💙💚❤

Thanks for your comments about the tassie devils. I love the loony tunes version but like most cartoons it's a bit off the mark. They do make a horrendous noise but ones in captivity often love contact and cuddles. A lot of work is being done to save them. We can only hope it pays off.

Thank you for the laughs today! I can just see the cubs in a wrestling match over the pear! They are just to cute! Thank you for sharing pictures and the information on the Tasmanian Devil!

Still have to stick to my comment yesterday and say they now and all of the sudden look like little bears instead of cubs. Especially Rollo. Tassies' are indeed as fascinating as bears.

I remember when I first got Animal Planet on cable,they had Steve Irwin and 2 other shows about the little Devils.They sure are loud and fight to the death almost.

Thanks for the links and the info on another misunderstood wild animal. Y'all do great things for the wildlife as well as black bears

❤️❤️ I hate to see animals threatened to extinction. I love Tigers. Beautiful majestic Tigers. There are so few left in the wild. Especially the Sumatra.

I always learn from your postings. Today I was surprised to learn something regarding an animal I had not ever thought much about thank you ABR!

So glad you stepped up and educated us a little on the Tasmanian devil! I look forward to exploring the links you provided.

Their eyes still look blue but you can tell their faces are elongating. They are starting to lose that cubby look. But they are still completely adorable!!!

Our Bear Friend/Family reaches all the way to Australia 🇦🇺❤️. We a small world of fur love 🐾🐾

Love how you describe each day!!! Thank you for all you do for these bears!!!

Now Now boys ! There are plenty of pears to go round ! That Tazzy is cute too

Thank you, once again, for everything; including information on the Tasmanian Devil. I will look them up! 👍🏻

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4 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

We’re sorry our update is late, but we’ve been plagued with internet and computer problems all day. Otto and Rollo would know what to do with pesky technology; if you can’t eat it, trash it. If it makes you mad, climb a tree. Cubs are wise.

Our little bears got a bit of rain and a bit of sun, so they were damp but warm while foraging. Curator David noticed a certain urgency in their eating that might signal the onset of hyperphagia. That’s the annual phase in a black bear’s life that compels it to eat as much as possible in preparation for winter and hibernation. You may recall when Otto and Rollo were introduced, we kept increasing the amount of food available until there were leftovers. No leftovers meant the cubs were eating everything and that could lead to conflict over meals. We don’t want them to compete over food; they’ll have a lifetime of that after they leave ABR. Acorns aren’t ripe in the wild yet, but the curator added some of our stored nuts to the menu and increased the quantity of everything. While they’re in residence, Otto and Rollo will enjoy a surplus of good eats.

We’ve tripled the size of our Visitor and Education Centre in order to expand the number of educational offerings we hope will help educate people about black bears and how to coexist with them. Today, we were thrilled to number among our visitors Amy and her children, Z and James. Recently, the kids had a birthday party, and instead of asking for presents, they accepted donations to ABR. We gratefully attributed their $150 gift to our “Expanding the Mission” campaign. Thank you, children, for your kindness.

If you would like to donate too, please click on the link below and select “Expanding the Mission” in the area marked “Designate this Gift for a Specific Purpose”. Thank you.

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We’re sorry our update is late, but we’ve been plagued with internet and computer problems all day. Otto and Rollo would know what to do with pesky technology; if you can’t eat it, trash it. If it makes you mad, climb a tree. Cubs are wise. 

Our little bears got a bit of rain and a bit of sun, so they were damp but warm while foraging. Curator David noticed a certain urgency in their eating that might signal the onset of hyperphagia. That’s the annual phase in a black bear’s life that compels it to eat as much as possible in preparation for winter and hibernation. You may recall when Otto and Rollo were introduced, we kept increasing the amount of food available until there were leftovers. No leftovers meant the cubs were eating everything and that could lead to conflict over meals.  We don’t want them to compete over food; they’ll have a lifetime of that after they leave ABR. Acorns aren’t ripe in the wild yet, but the curator added some of our stored nuts to the menu and increased the quantity of everything. While they’re in residence, Otto and Rollo will enjoy a surplus of good eats. 

We’ve tripled the size of our Visitor and Education Centre in order to expand the number of educational offerings we hope will help educate people about black bears and how to coexist with them. Today, we were thrilled to number among our visitors Amy and her children, Z and James. Recently, the kids had a birthday party, and instead of asking for presents, they accepted donations to ABR. We gratefully attributed their $150 gift to our “Expanding the Mission” campaign. Thank you, children, for your kindness. 

If you would like to donate too, please click on the link below and select “Expanding the Mission” in the area marked “Designate this Gift for a Specific Purpose”. Thank you. 

https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/donate_page/donate?track=Website_Donate_Page_Link

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Thx for the link about Bailey Bear. You refer in it to the Cub Garage. I assume it's no longer in service, but at what point in the bears' stay was it utilized ? Before the acclimation pen or after ? And what a wonderful opportunity UT Vet College is for the students. If I was younger, I would go to vet school there, just for the opportunity to interact with the cubbies ❤️

I can't even stand how precious these two are. Is it absolutely detrimental to make them spend the winter out on their own this year? Or is there a chance they may get to stay with you and head out after their sleepy season?

Bears eat well at your place. Have you ever had a situation where a released bear finds its way back to your famous kitchen?

Will Otto and Rollo be staying through the winter? Are they too young to be on their own yet? They are adorable ❤️

That is the first set of pictures that has struck me as seeing small bears, not cubs. Has there been a dramatic change in their coats over the past week or so. Even had to go back and look at post and pics from a couple weeks back.

I live in Somerset County, PA. (Home to Flight 93 and The Quecreek Mine Rescue). A friend just told me his hickory nuts are falling. But they don't seem to be entirely filled out. This is early. Another person said some acorns and butternuts are starting to come down. I don't know if it's all the rai n we have had all spring and summer or fall is coming early. All crops seem to be acting weird here this year.

Isn't slightly early for hyper fascia to be beginning I mean the Bears don't really go deeper into the forest until about a month and a half from now from what I have observed when I was there last fall

These cubs are so full of energy! I am so glad they are enjoying themselves, I don't remember will they be released together?

Will you be keeping them over the winter or will they be released early enough to find a den for themselves?

Okay, I give up. FB says you mentioned me in a comment, which I'm sure was very nice. But can I find it? No!

Are you near Pigeon Forge? My husband and I would love to visit your visitor's center on the week of 8/20

This may be a silly question. Are you in the path of the eclipse? Do you think it will effect the bears and their behavior as they are getting ready for hibernation?

Will they hibernate?

I'm with the bears on the computers that don't work!! There are days I would gladly bring mine to them for a bear make over😳. They are looking so good. As always, thank you for taking care of our beautiful bears!

You , along with other experts know what the cubs are going through and I am thrilled when you share whatever information is available. Thank you for sharing with us. One thing we have in common is the love for all these bears.

I was looking through my on this day posts. I had shared the one of Fin, Andy and Eliza learning how to play. (Andy and Eliza were bro and sis orphans, Fin was on his own. They learned a lot from each other 💞 💞 🐻 🐻 🐻 💞💞

What great photos. And great kids to care so much about the bears! These 2 cubs are so cute together and will 've sad to see them separate when it's time...hope they stay a while! Love all the photos and daily posts! You are all great there!

I don't mind you being late. I've had internet and TV problems as well the last two days. It doesn't bide well for my new provider. But it is sorted in hours instead of days. We rely on the internet so much these days. I really do love that first photo.

I love the boys. I want them to grow up to be big strong bears. ❤️

Adorable, Thank y'all so much. Love our bears , Cubs and y'all.

The cubs are looking great! They are getting so big! Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing and the info!

Ha ha, cubs are wise indeed! Dear little boys are looking so healthy and chubby. Thanks to you ABR. ❤️

They are so precious. I hate to think they will be separated eventually.🙏🙏❤️❤️😊😊😥. Thank you for all these cute photos

Update was great-- pictures are superb---Thank you so much-----

Otto and Rollo look beautiful, so sleek and healthy. Wish they could stay with you through the winter...or forever.🐶🐶

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ABR Reminder-August 12, 2017
Here's your chance to learn more about black bears, especially after they are returned to the wild. Daryl Ratajczak, wildlife biologist, black bear specialist, and ABR’s first full-time curator is hosting a webinar class on August 15th (8:00 pm EST) on how bears communicate, not just with each other but with YOU!

The webinar format allows people to listen to and speak with Daryl LIVE from the comfort of their own home. You can ask questions if they arise or if you need something explained. All you need is a computer or iPad and a high-speed Internet connection. Then simply join in by clicking on the web link provided to you upon registration.

The webinar will feature topics such as basic black bear biology and how bears communicate through vocalizations and body posturing. There will be lots of pictures and videos teaching people how to recognize these behaviors as well as ample opportunity to ask questions.

Classes have limited seating so register soon! Simply send an email to
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ABR Reminder-August 12, 2017 
 Heres your chance to learn more about black bears, especially after they are returned to the wild. Daryl Ratajczak, wildlife biologist, black bear specialist, and ABR’s first full-time curator is hosting a webinar class on August 15th (8:00 pm EST) on how bears communicate, not just with each other but with YOU!

The webinar format allows people to listen to and speak with Daryl LIVE from the comfort of their own home. You can ask questions if they arise or if you need something explained. All you need is a computer or iPad and a high-speed Internet connection. Then simply join in by clicking on the web link provided to you upon registration. 

The webinar will feature topics such as basic black bear biology and how bears communicate through vocalizations and body posturing. There will be lots of pictures and videos teaching people how to recognize these behaviors as well as ample opportunity to ask questions.

Classes have limited seating so register soon! Simply send an email to 
wildlifeforyoutraining@gmail.com
$15 registration 

And remember to mark your calendars since this is a LIVE presentation!

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Do you think y'all will have anything going on the week of Oct 22 by some chance?

Would love to have participated in the Webinar but don't have the finances avaijust now, will this be offered again? ? Would love to learn more about Black Bears of Tennessee! !😀😀😀🐻🐻🐻🐻

I participated in Daryl's last Webinar and it was FANTASTIC! Loved the format and learned so much all in the comfort of my home. It was so well done and Daryl is so very informative on the subject of black bears. If you can take advantage of this opportunity, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed!

Wonder if I can find someone to let me use their Wi-Fi. Where we live, it's slow! But, we have several Bears that we see almost daily so it would be good info to have.

Oh how I wish I could do this. I have to work the polls that day as we are having a primary. Hopefully he'll do it again some time!

Great idea, wish I could. Nothing but a phone & just enough wifi to do facebook

wish I could join in but have no gorgeous black bears in Australia!

How to register?

Kylie Logue, we can learn to speak Bear!

I wish I could do this. My internet connection is not good enough to use.

About how long should the webinar last?

Love this idea!

Great idea

I wish I was available at that time! 🙁

Great idea!

Brandi Lee Ratajczak - do you know this man

Kelley Starkey

Phoebe Perkins

Susan Kuck Sayers

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5 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

More rain today, with a thunderstorm thrown into the mix. Though Otto and Rollo are made of 100% natural fibers, they don’t shrink when wet. That's a good thing, since our mission is to expand their tiny selves and not make them smaller. The cubs did their part to chubbify by foraging between showers. They were on a rainy day menu, so Mazouri Bear Diet pellets were withdrawn in favor of pears, grapes, and berries. We doubt the cubs complained.

We’ve read that black bears further north are showing signs of entering hyperphagia, so the curators are monitoring our cubs behavior to see if they’ve started too. Having only two cubs in residence means their every sneeze and twitch is noted and studied. We may be too quick to misinterpret ordinary behavior for something else because we’re paying such close attention. Regardless, we think everything Otto and Rollo do is extraordinary and worthy of note.

Thank you for your support of Otto, Rollo and our mission.

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More rain today, with a thunderstorm thrown into the mix. Though Otto and Rollo are made of 100% natural fibers, they don’t shrink when wet. Thats a good thing, since our mission is to expand their tiny selves and not make them smaller. The cubs did their part to chubbify by foraging between showers. They were on a rainy day menu, so Mazouri Bear Diet pellets were withdrawn in favor of pears, grapes, and berries. We doubt the cubs complained. 

We’ve read that black bears further north are showing signs of entering hyperphagia, so the curators are monitoring our cubs behavior to see if they’ve started too. Having only two cubs in residence means their every sneeze and twitch is noted and studied. We may be too quick to misinterpret ordinary behavior for something else because we’re paying such close attention. Regardless, we think everything Otto and Rollo do is extraordinary and worthy of note. 

Thank you for your support of Otto, Rollo and our mission. 

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Aren't they still too small to be alone in the forest this year for hibernation??

I'm pretty sure Mazori Bear Diet Pellets when they get wet are much like dry dog food soggy, mushy and spongy and not the least bit appetizing

They are so beautiful. This is really the first time I have noticed the great difference in their color. Will it remain the same as they grow or lighten/darken as they age?? And yes everything they do is worth seeing.

Why do you have so few bears in residence this summer and you had so many last year?

SO happy to get back on line! Lap top was down for 5 days, and I missed seeing ABR's posts most of all!

How do you get these baby bears? What happened to there mother.Glad to see theses places for all wild animals in the U.S. Is here to help.I love the up dates on the bears 🐻.My favorite is Bear and Wolf 🐺 Coyotes

Will they be ready to leave before it's time to hibernate? Assume so. When do bears begin hibernation?

So, as they are still cubs, will they stay they next winter?

Is there an organization that rescues adult bears that have been injured or that are sick?

Will Rollo be able to be let go since he was so small and young when you found him?

Otto and Rollo are growing. Will they need to get a lot bigger though before released?

Just curious, but if Otto and Rollo are returned to the wild to hibernate this year, do y'all think they would stay together through hibernation?

I think all of us out here in the world of digital comments would agree that what YOU all do is extraordinary of worthy of note! Thank you!

I know that a release date is quite a secret, as it should be, but, since Otto and Rollo have adapted to each other so quickly, will you consider releasing them at same time and same area?

I just love these little bears! While I know they will eventually go their separate ways, it makes me happy that they have had each other at ABR. Thank you!!

They are brothers under the fur. The writing is exceptional. Thanks for everything you do. It's my peaceful time when I think about those two orphans playing and improving their skills and learning to outwit each other and learn what they need to know to live independently as big wild bears.

Like you all at ABR, I think everything the cubs do is extraordinary & cute! 🐻🐻 So glad to see them happy and healthy. Thanks for all the great photos & comments you post! Not looking forward to their release 😢

I had my usual laugh reading about the cubs. The person who writes these reports has a great sense of humour - cubbies made of natural fibres - LOL!

Never mind replying to me, just read your comment about releasing bears near the area they first were picked up. Maybe Rollo and Otto will be an exception to this? After all, they grew up together, more like sister and brother.......

I love the fact that you guys are paying such close attention to these cubbies ! I look at you all as being their " Godparents " !😉 Thank you for the great care that you give them ! 🐻❤️🐻❤️

We also think everything that Otto and Rollo do also requires comment. Love my daily fix of these too far better than any drug, such happiness from these two's exuberance for life

Your comments are always so informative in such an entertaining and humorous way, thank you.

Thank you ABR for sharing all these photos and updates with all of us. You all are remarkable taking care of these cubs.

The trees are alive with bears...so beautiful.

As long as there is food, Otto and Rollo are happy little cubs! It is all about the "cubs" 🐻🐻❤️

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6 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

It rained off and on today, too wet for the monster frog who seems to have abandoned the Cubby Pool. Like all black bears, Otto and Rollo are drip-dry; their fur wicks water away from their skin. Though they look soggy and sad, don’t be fooled; the cubs could take shelter in the culvert dens, but choose to wait out the rain in a tree. The cubs were down to forage, then climbed back up to play. Rollo took the opportunity to have a long drink at the pool; he prefers his water straight-up, without the frog garnish. He’s looking longer, leaner, and leggier; our cubbies are growing up.

We’re always working for the bears, even when we don’t have any on site. Our volunteers, curators and board members spend hours every week collecting trash from the roads in our area. We finally made our efforts “legal” and officially adopted two miles of highway. We want people to stop treating the planet as if it were a dump. Trash discarded on roads not only looks bad, it kills bears.

We believe education is key to changing callous indifference to respect for both bears and our shared planet. Recently, Curator Coy led his “Care and Release of Black Bear Cubs” class at ABR’s newly expanded Visitor and Education Centre at Trillium Cove. Learning what we do and how and why we do it is imperative to learning how to coexist with black bears. On July 25, ABR’s K to 8 team conducted our Junior Curator program for the Sevier County Sheriff's Kids Camp. The children were picked from families that had been affected by last year's wildfires.The kids had fun learning to be Junior Curators, and the deputies said they want ABR back to do it again for next year's camp. We’ve tripled the size of our Visitor and Education Centre in order to expand the reach of our mission. Please click on the link below and select “Expanding the Mission” under “Designate this Gift for a Specific Purpose”. Thank you for your support of Otto, Rollo and our mission.

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It rained off and on today, too wet for the monster frog who seems to have abandoned the Cubby Pool. Like all black bears, Otto and Rollo are drip-dry; their fur wicks water away from their skin. Though they look soggy and sad, don’t be fooled; the cubs could take shelter in the culvert dens, but choose to wait out the rain in a tree. The cubs were down to forage, then climbed back up to play. Rollo took the opportunity to have a long drink at the pool; he prefers his water straight-up, without the frog garnish. He’s looking longer, leaner, and leggier; our cubbies are growing up.

We’re always working for the bears, even when we don’t have any on site. Our volunteers, curators and board members spend hours every week collecting trash from the roads in our area. We finally made our efforts “legal” and officially adopted two miles of highway. We want people to stop treating the planet as if it were a dump. Trash discarded on roads not only looks bad, it kills bears. 

We believe education is key to changing callous indifference to respect for both bears and our shared planet. Recently, Curator Coy led his “Care and Release of Black Bear Cubs” class at ABR’s newly expanded Visitor and Education Centre at Trillium Cove. Learning what we do and how and why we do it is imperative to learning how to coexist with black bears. On July 25, ABR’s K to 8 team conducted our Junior Curator program for the Sevier County Sheriffs Kids Camp. The children were picked from families that had been affected by last years wildfires.The kids had fun learning to be Junior Curators, and the deputies said they want ABR back to do it again for next years camp. We’ve tripled the size of our Visitor and Education Centre in order to expand the reach of our mission. Please click on the link below and select “Expanding the Mission” under “Designate this Gift for a Specific Purpose”. Thank you for your support of Otto, Rollo and our mission. 

https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/donate_page/donate?track=Website_Donate_Page_Link

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I love your organization and would love to help. I saw this and thought of you. Have you all done lists like this?: www.amazon.com/gp/aw/ls/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_ws_DC7Izb5DNN39S?ie=UTF8&lid=2NOV9G3X7KLOF&ref_=cm_sw_r...

Will Otto and Rollo, be released together, when it's their turn, or do they go to separate locations​?

The cubs look wonderful. I have to wonder if the monster frog ended up being a snack for a cub!

I'm in the process of updating my will and although it won't be a huge windfall Appalachian Bear Rescue will benefit from my demise. Hopefully not anytime soon. I was also thinking that some corporations will match charitable donations. If you think your company does than you should check into donating, I double bear dare you ♡

Are you planning on wintering the cubs at the facility?

The boys are looking good, I understand teaching the children to learn and respect our planet, forest but the adults need to be taught too. Teach the adults and our children will follow. Thank you ABR for taking care of the Cubbies

We always carry a bag of some sort to throw our trash in & when we get to our destination, we throw it in a trash can. Drives me crazy when I trash along the roads or actually seeing people throw trash out the windows of their vehicles!

Our little cubbies are getting so big! Happy to see them having a good time even in the rain! Thank you for all the work that you do at ABR to help these precious bears get a second chance in life! And for teaching the young children all about the bears and how they can help secure the future for them!

👍🙌👏 Congratulations and best wishes To everyone at ABR as your ❤️heartfelt mission with black bears continues to evolve and expand! Meanwhile, I didn't know that water wicks off of the bears's fur!

Otto and Rollo are certainly growing and looking good,what are we going to do when they leave,maybe you all could be substitutes climbing a few trees and splashing in the pool,seriously its great that all the cubs in your care have had the chance of a new life in the wild where they belong,...as for rubbish left on the road and verges believe me you're not alone,we here have the same problem it seems some people think its ok to dump their rubbish anywhere but where it should go,.....

Trash on the roadside is bad in NC as well. We see birds pecking at the nasty 'stuff'. Ugh. Not good for any wildlife. Soggy cubs are precious as always.

Image if we were drip dry kids we would never have come in from the rain! Glad the frog took cover never know with these two cubs 😊 I just don't understand people and why they have to throw trash out their windows or leave trash when they are hiking unbelievable!! Thank you ABR!!

I wonder about Summitt and Dani. Are they finding a lot of food on their own? They ate so good at ABR! Sure hope they are during well on their own! Happy to know they are living the free life but sure would like to have another peek into their world!😉❤️

Congratulations on all that you do to educate from young to old and to encourage people to change their behaviour to be more bear aware. "Frog garnish" - LOL 🙂 🙂

Thank you so much for the updates on the cubs. I love watching them grow and play. Plus the education you share is priceless. Thank you for everyone's love and dedication to these precious babies.

Thanks to all at ABR for the great work you do not only with the bears but with the environment and teaching children about our forests and our planet. Good work. 🌲🌎🌲🐻🐻💕

They really are the happiest, most playful cubby cubbies, you did a great job as momma bear surrogates. And those nubbins, love them.

Keep up the good work! As the Bible says "and a little child shall lead them". May they be better stewards than we've been!

Unfortunately the same people who litter don't care about the wildlife it affects.

I miss hearing about Summit and Dani and yet so grateful just these 2 rascals are there! Thanks ABR for all you do!

"...he prefers his water straight-up, without the frog garnish." I LOVE your posts!!

Thanks for all you do. The planet would benefit from fewer humans.

Got to get long and lean so there is some place to put that fat coming up. 🙂

Wow,busy busy busy. Congratulations on making it legal and 2 miles is impressive,congratulations 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Yes we need to take care of our mother earth....as she cares for us...& our wildlife with out the 2 we are Nothing.

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1 week ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Otto and Rollo are big little bears, but even big little bears are cautious. We’re not saying the frog in the Cubby Pool kept the cubs out of the water, but we did notice our furry residents sat in the smaller Cub Tub until the uninvited guest left. It’s interesting to watch Otto and Rollo develop; they've nearly conquered their fear of crows and in a week or two, they might consider Mr. Froggy as an appetizer… if he was very slow and they were very quick.

Hyperphagia, a yearly phase in a black bear’s life, will start soon. The cubs will instinctively consume as much food as they can in preparation for winter and hibernation. Hyperphagia doesn’t start at the same time for all bears, so the curators have started to monitor the cubs now for signs of increased foraging. This would indicate it’s time to replace some of the fruits on the menu with nuts.

We’ve tripled the size of our Visitor and Education Centre as we endeavor to expand the reach of our mission to educate people about black bears and how to coexist with them. Please click on the link below and select “Expanding the Mission” under “Designate this Gift for a Specific Purpose”. Thank you for your support of Otto, Rollo and our mission.

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Otto and Rollo are big little bears, but even big little bears are cautious. We’re not saying the frog in the Cubby Pool kept the cubs out of the water, but we did notice our furry residents sat in the smaller Cub Tub until the uninvited guest left.  It’s interesting to watch Otto and Rollo develop; theyve nearly conquered  their fear of crows and in a week or two, they might consider Mr. Froggy as an appetizer… if he was very slow and they were very quick.  

Hyperphagia, a yearly phase in a black bear’s life,  will start soon. The cubs will instinctively consume as much food as they can in preparation for winter and hibernation. Hyperphagia doesn’t start at the same time for all bears, so the curators have started to monitor the cubs now for signs of increased foraging. This would indicate it’s time to replace some of the fruits on the menu with nuts. 

We’ve tripled the size of our Visitor and Education Centre as we endeavor to expand the reach of our mission to educate people about black bears and how to coexist with them. Please click on the link below and select “Expanding the Mission” under “Designate this Gift for a Specific Purpose”. Thank you for your support of Otto, Rollo and our mission. 

https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/donate_page/donate?track=Website_Donate_Page_Link

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One question since the cubbies are only 6 month old, will they be with you through the winter, I hope so, it would worry me poor little cubbies alone in the winter woods.

Is there some type correlation between the bears and the crows? I have noticed at our home in Gatlinburg that if we see the bears the crows are soon there or if the crows are around we will soon see a bear. Just noticed this recently and wondered.

I'm Stating the Obvious here..(so plz don't kill me)., A Parents influence/teachings is totally missing with the bear cubs, meaning If they had a Leader to show them the way, it would make it way...easier for them to learn what to do in these situations, Much like us Humans, huh?. A Momma bear would Eat the Froggy or at least try too, or just jump in ignoring the thing. But now it will take them time to learn the simplest of things. A good teacher would make a lot of difference....with them and US! At least they will not be released into extreme weather conditions having to deal with that also.(Hopefully) Lots can be learned from these little cubbies!! Thanks for doing what you do! (to All of you!)

Will you all go into the woods and forage for acorns for them. Not sure why but we seen green acorns on the trail this weekend already

Do you usually get any bears in between now and October?

For the first time ever I had to skip a picture. I have a fear of frogs/toads. Totally justified.

Do you ever have a time with no bears in residence? If so, what things do you during that time?

I just love it, the cubbies are afraid of the frog! I feel the same about snakes! Horrified of them! They are growing into beautiful little bears! Thank you for sharing this episode in their lives. Each day is something new!

ABR is always so RIGHT on it watching EVERY change in the residents to secure their natural return to their normal-release...what an awesome job you all do!! <3

It is so interesting to watch these cubs develop! Thank you ABR for the great photos today.

Great pictures and commentary...as usual. Always a joy to see what is up at ABR on any given day.

Those little boogers are getting so big and chubby.

These updates on " A day in the life of Otto and Rollo" are so entertaining

Rollo and Otto are just delicious -- so much fun to watch them grow and explore.

I'll be home next month, can't wait to come visit your new digs.

You folks at ABR are beyond amazing. Thank you for all that you do and thank you for educating and entertaining the rest of us.

Poor guys there a lot of thing out there they no nothing about & will have to learn on there own....

Thank you for such informative and funny posts along with the great pics. You all do great work❤️

how to coexist with bears-----keep your distance and leave them alone 😉😉

I love these little nubbins!!! Staying away from Mr Frog! Precious!! ❤️❤️

Love these babies! It's been fun to watch them grow😊

Otto & Rollo are so funny! Love their antics!!!

Feed those babies all they can eat..❤️❤️🙏

Escape while you can, little Froggy!

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