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8 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

We rely on our security cams for photos and videos of our resident bears. They allow the curators to observe the bears without actually being present. Occasionally we need high-resolution photos to gauge the health and progress of our bears. They’re shared with the vets at UT and added to our files.

This is the first time since their arrival that we have close-ups of The Polk County Twins, Dandelion and Bentley. The difference in their size is dramatic, but both little bears are eating well and gaining weight. They’re playing and climbing and will be ready to leave The Cub Nursery soon.

If you saw Curator Janet’s Facebook live broadcast yesterday, you’ll recognize the screen capture of the Party of Five as they discover the new Cub Tub. We hope to upload the entire five-minute video to our Youtube channel soon. The video provides a different perspective of the cubs and includes natural sounds; for the most part, the cubs explore and play in silence.

Our yearlings, Daffodil, Sweetie and Iris were resting up in trees. They’ve formed a friendship that extends beyond mere tolerance. That will make the remainder of their stay at ABR less stressful.

Thank you for helping our eleven bears 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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Passel of bears!

Best news that Dandolia and Bentley are eating well and gaining weight 💕! They are sooo cute 😍!

Nia Bourdon

Shannon Cochrane

All good at ABR! I couldn't open the photos either, but great photos of all the bears! Yummy grapes and snack for all,

Awe, such a sweet pair

Those are good photos of the cubs.

The Polk County twins are literally climbing the walls. Time to be out of the nursery!

Dont know why I cant Open the Pics anymore , just get to see the Collage . But thank you for that love seeing and reading that all is well and all the little Bears are playing , eating and gaining weight . Thank you ABR YOUR DOING A GREAT JOB .❤️❤️❤️👏👏👏

I think the girls are just happy Hartley is gone. Sweet boy wanted a girlfriend. How long will the girls need to stay?

Tied up during the day this week. Missed my morning dose of cuteness but looks like everyone is doing well! 🐻❤️🐻💗🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Thank you ABR for sharing these photos of the cubbies, they're just soo cute and adorable. 🥰🐻🐻🐻💞💜💚💙

Thank you, ABR!!!!

Lucky bears! Can’t help but think of Hartley Bear! I miss him but glad he’s getting to be a bear!

Such a Monday morning joy!!! These pictures are wonderful. Janet's live video yesterday was one of the best yet! Thanks to you all for sharing the growth and development of these precious animals! 💞❤️💞

Sweetness overload!

I am so in love!!

So sweet

Pictures are wonderful.Can’t leave home without them.

Thanks for all the hard work you do everyday with these beautiful bears 🐻!

Now how am I going to eat all this.

So adorable

Just visited the ABR Visitor center. Thank you for helping bears in need.

ABR you all do such a wonderful job! To have so many bears at once and they are all doing well and not stressed.. well that is amazing. 🙂

So glad all furry guests are doing well! Hope little Dandelion puts on a growth spurt with all the good nutrition available!

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They are the cutest, sweetest, most precious little bear cubs ever! They are growing so fast. Thank you all for taking such good care of them, for all the kindness in your hearts❤️

Great video. Curiosity is so cute on them!!! Thank you, Janet! I 💕

Love this video thanks for sharing it with us Janet love their curiosity with the new tub and then on the more cub antics with the ball and play fighting love when they stand up💕🐻🐾

They are absolutely adorable ❤️!! They sure did check it out from top to bottom!! The standoff was the best 😂!!Thanks for sharing 🧸❤️

Thank you ABR for the video!! These cubbies are so curious and mischievious!!! I hope we get to see them all take a nice dip!

Wondeful video 💖! So interesting to see the cubs reaction to the new pool. They are so big now. As usual they are so cute when they stand up on their back feet 💕💞!

They are so cute! I love watching them!

They are so cute! I love watching them!

cubby dodge ball looks fun. Love them standing to "Box" afterwards 🙂

They are the cutest things!!!!! Gosh I would give anything to scruff them up.

Love watching them!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Sweet little kids! They are a delight to watch.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful video..so curious!!! I live on a small peninsula...(Gulf Breeze Fl)...we have many more black bears here & of coarse cubs as well...we keep all subdivisions informed of where they have been spotted ect., much of ppl are not sure how to live safely together & many of us worry greatly for them!! Many now take their birdfeeders down at dusk but sometimes not early enough...😂.. these babies are a delight, thanks again! 💞

So cute! And, I kept waiting for 1) one of them to accidentally slip into the pool, or 2) one of them to be push another into the pool...

They are so cute! Love it when they stand on rear legs

The two little Beary bears were brave to walk all around the tub & check it out while the other 3 were very hesitant. Poor Beignet got whacked with the blue ball! Love how the 3 scaredy-bears hid under the platform 😂

That new " pool " sure got checked out all around , up and down . Something new does not get accepted easily by our Cubbies . Smart and cautious little Bears . There are so great to watch , thank you for sharing them with us .

They're just all soo cute and adorable. Well the one cubby just hit that blue Swingy ball, and it bumped the other cubby who then stood up and went for the cub that pushed him, that cubby pushed that cubby again. Play fighting, they're hilarious. Soo fun to watch. Maybe next week if the weather's hotter one of the cubbies will take a dip in the Pool. Then maybe that'll entice some of the other cubbies to get in the Cubby Pool. 😀🏟🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻💛💞💚💙💜

I love when they stand up! So darn cute! <3

Absolutely adorable.. ❤️🐻 They are so cute when they walk on their hind legs.

They are just absolutely glorious perfection!

Hmmm, I wonder how long before one of the cubbies figures out what fun it would be to climb onto the swingy ball and jump off if it into the water. 🤣🤣🤣

It’s not the swingy blue balls fault. Loved those lil wobble standoffs😎😎🥰

They are so darn cute!! This may be one of the best videos yet! 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻❤️

So glad they are cautious of something new!

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1 day ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

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I'm loving what I'm learning from ABR I'm sharing it with my neighbors - helping them to be more bear aware!

I have learned so much from you Janet! Thank you!

I love it that Bentley is so gentle with her!

Thank you so very much for sharing this with us all!!!!

Boudreaux will be first in the fence 😂

Wonderful video. Thanks for sharing Janet.

Thank you for the great videos this weekend hope you and Jake have a great week💕🐻🐾

❤️ Thank you so much!❤️

Got my Hartley shirt in the mail. Absolutely love it.

Yeah actually managed to time it right for once, good evening from the UK

You just said Jessamine is smaller than the Fab Five. Is she smaller than the Beary’s? I thought she was a healthy weight.

It really is adorable to see how softly Bentley swats Dandelion in play. The Fab Five are so rough with each other sometimes! But they enjoy it!

These adorable cubs are so entertaining!!!! <3

Looks like the nice and clean cub house didn’t last long I’m so glad that have all the varieties of fruit and goodies to eat!!!

Oh my gosh! Looks like the Fab Five have been back in the nursery 😂

At there age (4months) is there a ranking order within the pack? Like strongest to weakest?

Have you ever been unable to release any back to the wild?

Happy that Jessamine will be in bigger quarters quite soon! She’s used to the wide open spaces.

Love that they play and interact! Will any of these 3 be released in the same area?

I hope boudreaux learns to not be so gentle as time goes on. That will not be good for him.

When might this crew be released to the wild enclosure and will the acclimation pen be left open for some days to offer a place of familiar comfort?

I just think what they must be smelling with their ability to smell so well

Do you know if two families of Mom and babies were to meet... would they just try to avoid each other?

I'm going to miss any live feeds next weekend, if they go out I shall miss it.

why do you release them when it is cold and not much food around?

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

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You have taught us so much about black bears...this is just wonderful..thank you Janet

You have definitely given us a new respect and love for the yearlings 🥰

Hi Janet. Just getting here. Is Jessamine ready for adoption yet? She was found about an hour from me so she needs to be mine! ❤️🐻❤️

Even tho they are loners, they still greatly enjoy each other’s company

The bowls are empty, but there are still some very delicious bear diet pellets in Room 1 along the wall.

Daryl mentioned Hartley and his quest to romance Sweetie.

I love all the bears, but I sure do miss Hartley.

It is so nice to see her so active after all she has been through 😊

Where are the very delicious bear diet pellets?

Those are such great books I just finished reading both of them!!

They are like the Keystone Cops chasing each other around. 😂😂

They are going to be so happy with all the extra space.

We're just glad you do this for us 🙂 No matter what time.

Wow they feel safe with each other to lay on their backs like that

I remember when you were holding the Bs in your hand to feed them! Amazing transformation

By the way, I love my picture of Hartley. I was guessing about 20 years

Blackbeary needs to show her what to do with the swingy ball. 😂

People come here to see the bears and sometimes end up doing them the most harm 😢

I can't wait to see their reaction to the enclosure and real trees!

Their getting crowded out so people can make money. It is sad.

Lovely idea putting tree limbs in for them!! Yay interns!!!

This just proves how sorry we need to feel for momma bears with multiple cubbies. 💙🐻💙🐻💙

They look so happy...love what you do for these little guys!

When I was a kid we would go to Peigion Forge and see bears in a concrete hole and now I think just how bad that life was for the bear.

They party of 5 should have their own TV show. They are a blast to watch

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3 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

In keeping with the theme of our morning edition, parents of human cubs will be sure to sympathize with our dilemma: how to get your cubs to eat what’s good for them? The Party of Five loves berries, grapes, apples, pears, cherries, even lettuce, all very good, healthy food. However, the bear diet pellets, made just for bears (it says so on the label) are packed with the nutrients they need for strong bones and thick fur. Of course, the cubs relegated the pellets to dead last on their menu, the broccoli of the cubby world. They run over them, sit on them, wrestle in them, and love to dump them on the floor. The curators supply them with lots of the foods they like, but for between-meal snacks and overnight munchies, the cubs must eat bear pellets. And they do. Our Cub House, our rules.

To confuse us more than we are, Dandelion and Bentley eat the bear diet pellets first, then have cherries, lettuce and applesauce. If we were real bear parents instead of furless human substitutes, we could hold the Polk County Twins as an example and shame The Party of Five into eating what’s good for them.

Jessamine Bear had a very good day. She loves her swingy ball and took some branches to play with on her bed. She’s eating well…including Bear Diet Pellets. Are you listening, Party of Five? Jessamine eats her pellets. Good Bear!

We saw Daffodil, Sweetie and Iris foraging and playing together. They seemed relaxed and content. Yearlings don’t need other yearlings as much as cubs need other cubs, nevertheless, it made us happy to see them.

We’re touched by your generous response to our Chubby Cubby Campaign Fundraiser. Keeping eleven bears supplied with fresh food and bear diet pellets (whether they like them or not) is expensive. Thank you for helping us help them. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻


*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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Thank you so much for not only taking such good care of these wonderful creatures but taking care of us human folk as well. I’ve been going through a rough patch in my life (as I know we all do, human and bear alike from time to time) and these twice-daily posts bring me some much needed joy.

Lol.........kids! Whatcha gonna do with 'em??? I love this post! Your commentary is hilarious! Thank you for taking such great care of all the bears, ABR! God bless you!

The very delicious bear pellets, I'm thinking are not so delish. Love them being compared to broccoli.

There simply are no words to describe the joy that reading these posts bring to me each day....twice a day. It's not just that they're informative (bear pellets) but they are truly humorous and very entertaining (berries, grapes, apples, pears, cherries, even lettuce). I have asked before and would truly like to learn who to thank for these messages. Which one of you is the creative heart of these updates? You start and end my day with a laugh. Thank you.

Naughty little Party of Five! I love the posts and kudos to whomever is the writer....all of these little bears and their shenanigans make for great stories!

Great care at the BnB. Have a great weekend 🙏🏻❤️

Thank you for another entertaining and informative update on all of the fur children, although I’m afraid I’m going to have nightmares about Bear diet pellets!!! Wishing a good (peaceful) night for all! 🐻❤️🐻💗🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Love these post and the work being done to save these precious furry babies ❤️

This is one of the funniest updates I've read. What a great and creative read this was. Praying about the "Finicky Five" and their needed attraction to bear pellets!! 😀🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻☺

I love this writing. So amusing 🤣🤣. Boudreaux eating bear diet pellets may be all you need to get the others to do it too because what one does usually ends up with all 5 doing it. Have a great evening and a good night curators, Boudreaux, Beignet, Sweetie, Daffodil, Bluebeary, Blackbeary, Hucklebeary, Iris, Dandelion, Bentley, and Jessamine. 💙🐻🐾💤 💙🐻🐾💤 💙🐻🐾💤. 💙🐻🐾💤 💜🐻🐾💤. 💜🐻🐾💤 💜🐻🐾💤. 💜🐻🐾💤 💜🐻🐾💤. 💜🐻🐾💤 💜🐻🐾💤

I am so glad I was able to contribute to the Chubby Cubby Fund so there will be LOTS of very delicious bear diet pellets f'or everyone.! Be good little cubbies Party of Five and EAT them Up so my feelings are't hurt by your snubbing my gift !😂🐻

Great humorous writing! Are these wonderful creative submissions from Curator Janet???

Thank you so much for the laugh tonight! Love these bears!

You've convinced me that the bear diet pellets are totally delicious, what a shame the Party of Five can't be so easily convinced. 😂 "Our Cub House, our rules" - LOL. Laughed so much reading this post! 😍😍😍

Your evening edition again makes my day, my breakfast edition. Thanks for your wonderful texts and pics!!!!

Are the bear diet pellets very delicious??? Lol

Once again, thanks for making us smile. 😍😘🐻❤️

Gosh! I can’t recall hearing you tell us that any bear, much less THREE bears, actually eagerly munch down on the bear diet pellets! 😱 Hurray the Polk twins & Jessamine! Congratulations on another wildly successful fundraiser! 👍 ABR fan are th best! 🤗

So happy to read that all wonderful bears are doing so well, even if the the Party if five does'nt like the bear pellets 💞💕💕😀! Nice that the yearling girls like to spend time together 💖!

The commentary truly is superb! The 5 cubbies may like living there so much you have to push them out! They're truly a mess! ❤️. Glad all are doing well!

Kudos to whomever wrote this up! I love your sense of humor.

Poor delicious Mazzouri bear pellets being shunned by those four rowdy cubbies! They will adore you in time!

Just like trying to get a Human Toddler or child to eat what's good for them. Good Luck!

Glad all are doing well and it was nice to see the big girls today playing and getting along now if only some cubs we won’t mention any names would eat their bear pellets like some other good cubs do all would be good in bear world!!!💕🐻🐾

The party of 5 is going to keep their curators on their toes all summer! Someone should write a story book for children about them! Great pictures today. ❤️🐻

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2019 Bear Necessities

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Join us for our 2019 Bear Necessities event at Janis and Jerry Cunningham’s beautiful farm in Walland, TN.

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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