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ABR Video Update-July 18, 2019

Evening Edition

It was another hot day, and the six cubs in Wild Enclosure #2 were in and out of their Cubby Pool. We hope you enjoy watching them frolic in the water. Our other bear residents were very lazy; napping is another way to beat the heat.

*We post updates on our residents twice daily, Monday to Friday, morning and evening, and once daily on Saturday and Sunday.

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Great way to stay cool my sweet cubbies. Hope all had a great day. Tomorrow is the start of the weekend. Goodnight curators, Boudreaux, Beignet, Sweetie, Daffodil, Bluebeary, Blackbeary, Hucklebeary, Iris, Dandelion, Bentley, Jessamine, Bluebelle, and Marigold. πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’œβ€οΈ

Looks like Marigold is our “swimmer” this year...she just kept swimming while the others were wrestling until the end when her sister wouldn’t leave her alone. We always have one “water baby” every year❀️😘🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Thank you for sharing and for educating us on these fascinating beings!

Wonderful video.

Such fun!!!

It is going to be even hotter for a few days and a possibility cooler the beginning of next week. I suppose this is the hottest part of the year until the middle of August.

A good way to keep cool! Smart bears!

It is interesting to watch each one at a time, their individualities shine through.

Love the pool party!

πŸ˜‚ Loving their silly play and how each cub has a different method of getting into the pool, depending on how big they are. Dandelion is a stinker, for sure! Boudreaux made sure she safely got into the water, then all bets were off! Thanks so much for another joyous video of the cubby antics πŸ€—

I like the way Jessamine really thought about how she should enter the cubby pool πŸ˜‚!!! Dandelion is quite the stinker!! Love watching them swim ❀️!!Thanks for sharing!!!

It was fun to watch all the different methods of entering the water: the ladylike, feet first (Jessamine, both times); the climb-down-the-log; the dangle-over-the-edge then plunge headfirst (Dandelion, whose feet didn't touch the ground during the dangle, bless her tiny, fierce heart!); the belly flop; the wet-the-front-paws then walk-along-the-edge-and-never-get-in, etc. So cute to see the various personalities of these cubbies as they swim.

I’ll bet Mr Frog hightailed it outta there! 🐸

Love my bears!

Dandelion is an instigator! 🀣

What a cute bunch of Bathing Beauties , love them .

Everybody in the pool!

They are so much fun to watch especially Dandelion she is one happy bear.

Love watching the cubs play in the pool that little Dandelion is such a stinker!!! She definitely can hold her own even in the water thanks for sharing these videos with us glad all are well πŸ’•πŸ»πŸΎ

Is it still the plan to open the gate between the Enclosures for all the cubs to be together, or did Boudreaux get himself stuck until release day?

What else is a bear to do on such a hot, muggy day? Cutest pool party I've ever seen!!❀️

Cubby pool party - the perfect party for a hot Tennessee afternoon. Feisty little Dandelion.

I love how Jessamine backs into the pool!!! And little Dandelion is just too darling and fearless it seems. Even when her cub paws don’t touch and she is hanging into the cub tub! What joy they seem to share. ❀️🐻

Absolutely adorable! That dandelion sure is feisty! They need some beach balls to play with

Happy to hear all are finding ways to cool off. Hopefully the staff is keeping cool also. Thank you for the update.

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13 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

The cubs in Wild Enclosure #2 (Bentley, Dandelion, Jessamine, Marigold, Bluebelle, and Boudreaux) were up early, foraging for food and demolishing the exterior of their culvert den. The cubs in Wild Enclosure #2 (The Beary Triplets and Beignet) elected to sleep in, as did our yearlings (Sweetie, Daffodil, and Iris). Our thirteen residents are fulfilling their obligation to chubbify and for that we give them top marks.

We’re especially grateful our yearlings are finally shedding the last of their winter coats. The urge to brush out the remaining strands is overwhelming, but must be resisted. It seems a bear’s winter coat disappears just in time to grow a new one. πŸ€”

Thank you for helping our thirteen furry residents get a second chance at life in the wild.❀️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻
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When do you think that Boudreaux and Beignet can be reunited? It truly bothers me that they have remained separated. I think a lot of us will be glad when y’all open that gate and let them be together. I’m not trying to second guess your reasons for keeping them separate just sharing my sadness over it.

They need to "chubify" but they also need to be with other cubs and especially their family - with no mother their only touchstone is each other. So very sad you see fit to keep B & B split up. They know nothing of permanence but one another. I know they are just wild animals, but as you have shown us - they have feelings.

Is that poor Beingnet sleeping all alone and the Beary triplets in a pile? She needs her brother to cuddle with before they don't want cuddles anymore. I honestly cant wait to see all the cubbies together. ❀

Good morning everyone! Looks like a normal day at ABR! Glad the cubs and yearlings are being and doing what little bears do! Have a great day!

ABR does really great work, but I thought Beignet was supposed to benefit from mixing with cubs in the other enclosure who had spent sometime with their mothers in the wild. Seems she will miss out on learning from them and miss out on being with her brother. Bit hard to understand why the curators are keeping them apart when the idea had been they could learn useful lessons from each other.

Nice day for all 🐻♥️

The pictures are always so dang sweet, makes you wanna cuddle but knowledge is a wonderful thing.

good morning cubbies

So darn cute! Thank you...

Have a great day cubbies.

Carolyn Douglas more cute cubs! 🐾❀️🐾😍

Are you going to open the gate again between the enclosures and let Boudreaux come home to his loving sister?

How to Reunite the Cajun Twins: Hartley House is now completed. Hartley House adjoins and opens into both Enclosures 1 and 2. How convenient! 1. Bait Hartley House with tasty, odoriferous treats heretofore unsampled by Boudreaux. 2. Open Hartley House to Enclosure 2 (current residence of one Boudreaux Bear). 3. Isolate Boudreaux Bear in Hartley House. Expel any additional cubs back into Enclosure 2. (Yes, I'm talking about you, Dandelion!) 4. Close access to Enclosure 2. 5. Open access to Enclosure 1. 6. Expel Boudreaux Bear into Enclosure 1 to his sister. 7. Close access to Hartley House. 8. Clean up the mess Boudreaux Bear left (because you know he did). BOOM! Boudreaux and Beignet together again. No contact.

Reunite the Cajun Twins.

More proof that Boudreaux Bear brings the party with him wherever he goes!

Just -- thank you ABR for all of the amazing things you do for these cubs after all this time I still have a fav Finn and mother bunnyπŸ’• xxx uk

I still remember Hartley’s pants! πŸ˜‚

I love how they cuddle together

Why am I not surprised that Boudreau's name appears in the same sentence as "food" and "demolishing"? Thank you Appalachian Bear Rescue for helping these rowdy, loveable bears have a second chance at life.

ABR, I understand that you want as little human contact as possible with the bears (as stated during Wednesday's FB Live). What I don't understand is how opening the gate between enclosures 1 and 2 (once the electricity is fixed) would cause human contact? I believe many of your FB community would love to see Beignet and Boudreaux reunited if they wish. Marigold and Bluebelle seem to have settled in. What about the comments that curators have made stating that young cubs who lost their mothers/siblings early in life (like B&B) could learn from cubs like Dandelion and Bentley who were with their mothers longer? Beignet no longer seems as close with Blackberry as she had been, and the photos of her sleeping apart from the Bearys this week indicate she could be lonely.

People, please stop anthropomorphizing. Yes, they have feelings, but they're wild animals - it's natural for them to split up. They're a whole lot more adaptable to situations like that because they are not human and don't have human hang-ups about it.

I noticed in yesterday's FB Live that one of the yearlings seemed to be down to just two winter fur hairs. Wanted to get my tweezers and help her finish. Perhaps this winter's construction projects could include a culvert lined in stiff brushes, just the right diameter for a yearling to slither through. The birds and little rodents would love the shed fur.

I don’t blame anyone for sleeping in during this heat wave! Smart bears! πŸ»β€οΈπŸ»πŸ’—πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

Glad all is well in bear world seems like most are resting this morning except for the wrecking crew of 6!! πŸ’•πŸ»πŸΎ

Hello would to know how Hartley is doing

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1 day ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

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That's sad that Beignet and Boudreaux won't be together again. This is the only time they'll have each other. They'll separate when they go back to LA.

I really don’t like the separation of the brother and sister — due to a mistake πŸ˜―πŸ€”πŸ˜’

Hartley. I miss that beautiful, sweet boy. ❀️

I'll just speak for myself, but Janet uses the cubs/yearlings' names & not numbers. That's how we ABR fans know them. Although she stresses that curators use numbers for obvious reasons is there any chance you could use their names during live feeds? Many thanks!

I just tuned in am I hearing correctly they are not going to let Boudreaux and beignet back together again?

I feel bad that the curators made a mistake and they’re not fixing it— now B and B have to suffer a little bit for itπŸ˜’πŸ’”

I spoke up at Cades Cove. I wasn't popular that day but stay away from the Bears!!

Hartley will always be special.

Why would all other bonding be more important than Bordeaux and beniets?

Thanks Sue. I hope they think long and hard it's going to be a lot of disappointed people

You always promoted how important it is to keep sibling cubs together.

Love those chubby cubbies

My son wants to know the name of the bears? He’s very intrigued by them

Dandelion!!!! I love her!!!

Love the bears

Great sound and pictures

YES I remember how underweight the yearlings were upon arrival.

We see the results of your hard work.!!!!!!

Gorgeous Bear! ❀

I’m here in Oklahoma! Love the videos.

The yearlings are all looking so well now.

She's definitely on a tear as we say with our cats

Hello, Coy and Ashley!

Thank you

Can you tell us when you are going to lift the gate between the 2 enclosures?

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Thank you for the Update! Much Appreciated!πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎ

Thx for the update!

Yay, I might get home in time !!

Thank you. I forgot at 3 so now I can watch it.

O I was waiting to see Hunky Curator Coy I bet it was him that’s sabotaged it 😜❀️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

But what about Boudreaux and Beignet?

No problem 🀞🏻

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1 day ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

Our thirteen bears (three yearlings and ten cubs) are thriving in their respective wild enclosures. If they have a routine, they keep it secret from us and change it as soon as we think we’ve figured it out. They were more active this morning; the Beary Triplets played for a while on their resting platform before descending with Beignet to forage. In Enclosure #2, the six cubs were up early, foraging and stopping for sips of water in between bites of apples, pears, regular grapes, muscadine grapes, peanuts, and bear diet pellets. The pellets dissolve in water, so they’re not added to the menu unless the curators are sure it won’t rain for a few hours, though rain has its own schedule too.

Even our yearlings, Sweetie, Daffodil, and Iris were out; we saw Sweetie take a swat or two at the blue swingy ball. It’s so hot, all our bears spend most of their day resting on platforms or on the ground beneath a tree. Black bear bellies are lightly furred and contact with the relatively cool soil helps keep them cool.

The cubs swat at each other occasionally, not really caring if their paws make contact with a cubby head; it’s as if they’re required to wrestle (it’s on their schedule) but are too hot and lazy to actually engage in a match. Never mind, it’s the thought that counts.

Curator Coy is planing a Facebook Live session today at 3pm EST. We hope you can participate. If not, it will be available for viewing later.

Thank you for helping our thirteen furry residents get a second chance at life in the wild. ❀️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

*We post updates on our residents twice daily, Monday to Friday, morning and evening, and once daily on Saturday and Sunday.
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Such good information! I'm so glad all of the bears are thriving...and yes, Boudreaux is a big and handsome cajun! I just love them all so much. Thank you for aiding in their round little bodies, shiny coats and happy dispositions. You all are the greatest!

Thank you for the wonderful pics this morning. Boudreaux is a very chubby, BIG cubby 😊 I love watching all the cubbies grow bigger and chubbier. Thank you so much ABR for all you do to help these precious babies ❀️🐻❀️

Looks like everyone is having another good day! Hope the really heavy downpours miss you. Prayers for a continued blessed day for all! πŸ»β€οΈπŸ»πŸ’—πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

They are all so cute! Love your updates.

It is nothing short of amazing watching these bears grow!!!

As always, great pictures

Looking at your posts everyday makes me feel like there are things right and good and wonderful in the world.....I can’t tell you what that means.....❀️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻❀️

I love that when I read the updates I hear them narrated in my head in Janet's voice. ❀️

Have a great Wednesday curators and cubbies. ❀️🐻

Wonderful to watch!

I enjoyed all your great photos this morning!!!!!

the bears are all so beautiful with such gorgeous fur

they are so precious..

Great pictures they are all so cute and getting so big! ♥️🐻🐾♥️

I visited a friend and we had our six doggies. The were 'layin' out" all over the floor, bean bags, couches, and people. They look just like these guys in their various positions for sleeping.

Great pics β€οΈπŸ»πŸ‘

I think when they are let free they separate pretty rapidly. They are independent creatures. I don't know I'm just not thinking they miss each other. But I might be wrong. I like to be away from my brother. They are magnificent and interesting in their behavior. But I really don't try to understand them. I only want them healthy and free. Thanks ARB for all the wonderful work you do

You all dio such an amazing job with these cubs and yearlings!πŸ’•

They are all so beautiful!! πŸ’—β€οΈ

Cutie pie

Beautiful bears! 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Thanks for the descriptive activities or lack thereof in the summer heat. Heating, sleeping and a little slapping, all good.

Glad all is well and that they have nice pools and shady places to rest and cool off it’s hot here in KY too!!!πŸ’•πŸ»πŸΎ

I remember the picture you had of 3 triplet cubs climbing a tree in your backyard..fantastic

Everyone seems to be taking it easy in this hot weather! I don’t blame them, it’s too hot to do anything but take naps, eat and swim in the pool! Have a great day everyone!

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Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) is a black bear rescue facility located just outside of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Townsend, Tennessee. ABR is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that has been returning black bears back to the wild since 1996. Each year black bears from our national parks and surrounding areas are orphaned, injured, or in need of medical care. Thanks to Appalachian Bear Rescue, these bears are given a second chance at life in the wild.

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