Daily Bear Updates

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

13 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Facebook Live with Curator Janet. May 31, 2020. ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

Janet I had the same problem with our Rav. Had to pull up on the steering wheel! Don’t have it anymore ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Love all the pollen in the water! This is allergy country here but I’m scared to death to sneeze or cough out in public, even with my mask on ๐Ÿ™„

Glad I ordered those rope swingy balls off the Amazon Wish List. They all seem to love playing with them.

I know it is unintentional, but I imagine they are inviting Mr. stuffed bear to have a share of their porridge. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you once again Curator Janet, Jake and Joey! Hope you have a blessed week ahead and a great vacation! We will miss you next weekend! Everyone stay safe and healthy! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

My problem being short is trying to get stuff from the bottom of the washer!!

Mrs.M. Cow has been a good companion, looks like she has been much loved.

Have a wonderful vacation, Curator Janet. Have fun, stay safe, and thanks for this afternoon's hour of delight! <3

Janet thank you another great weekend of Facebook live sessions and and all the great videos I hope you and the boys enjoy your vacation and have safe travels๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿป๐Ÿพ

Thanks for the wonderful videos Janetโค๏ธ๐Ÿปโค๏ธ. Hope you enjoy your vacation. Stay safe everyone ๐Ÿ˜Š

Mama Bear Janet, I love your dedication and creativity to help these little cubs be entertained and learn new skills.

Thank you, Janet and everyone at ABR!! Theses cubs absolutely blossom under your care. It's so beautiful to watch. โค๏ธ๐Ÿœ

Thanks Janet! Hope you have a great vacation. Stay safe and have fun! We will be here when you get back! ๐Ÿ˜

Have a wonderful time - you’re gonna need your strength ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Thank you Curator Janet for another great weekend of updates. Have a great vacation.

Did not realize there are "bear trails". I built my house in the middle of a "deer trail", and they were not at all happy. Ate my azaleas and hostas first year.

Thank You, Janet. Hope you enjoy your vacation...Safe Travels ๐Ÿšฃ๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ!

By the time they really get the swing mastered they will be moving out. So much fun to see how they enjoy it๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿป

Thank you, Janet ! Have a safe , fun time with your fur kids ! Stay safe, stay well everyone!

Dumplin found the berries as Ferdinand is working the other side of the climbing tree - one bear down, and bluebrries found. <3

Enjoy your time off, Janet!! Thanks again for the entertainment and education! Stay well! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thank you Janet have a good week and stay safe everyone ๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป

I know the feeling. After several nights of very little sleep around here in Minneapolis, these bears are so peaceful.

The crow's going to miss him when he's finally released. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

Hello Janet, Jake, Joey and all bear people! Great interview on WJHL Johnson City Curator Janet! ๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

View more comments

Facebook Live with Curator Janet will begin at 1:30 EST today.

WJHLNews 11 (Johnson City, TN) interviewed Janet this morning. There were sound issues due to interference, but the message came across. Thanks to WJHL for helping us spread the word to keep our bears safe.
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

Awesome interview! Loved watching the tornadic trio playing in the background ๐Ÿ’•

Well Curator Janet that was an awesome interview! Your knowledge and expertise were brilliantly spoken.Thank you for sharing your interview with us All. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿก๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

That's great publicity for ABR and also and effective forum to get the message out about how people should treat bears when they invaded the bears' homelands. Curator Janet speaks so well and I loved the background hijinks. ๐Ÿ˜

Great interview Curator Janet! You have the voice for reaching the public about this very important issue! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

Youall always do such a good job with the media!

Fantastic job Janet! Great presentation. Now, I hope people listen and do what you said! You are making an outstanding difference.

Thank you Janet!!!! Wish everyone would listen to you and the other Curators!!! You did a great ๐Ÿ‘ job!!! Love our Cubbies!!!!!!

I have a bear that has been living in my wooded area behind my house. It comes down into the yard and am afraid to go walking out in the yard and my wooded area. I wish it could be relocated as I have kids.We really can't enjoy our backyard like we used too.

Great job, Janet! Super PR for ABR and all bears in TN!

Fantastic interview. Keep it up. Mail you soon.

Great job Curator Janet!!

Great job! Excellent interview.

Great interview, Janet!

Haha..loved that they were playing on the swing!๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

Great interview Curator Janet !!

Fantastic job, Janet!

wonderful informative interview ๐Ÿ˜

Well done, Curator Janet!

Its soo good to see you, Janet!!

Everything was Brilliantly said Janet!

Good job Curator Janet.

Good interview Janet ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜

View more comments

1 day ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Facebook Live with Curator Janet. May 30, 2020. Today, we see our five resident cubs playing and our yearling napping and foraging for food. ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

Is Dana Dodd the one who receives Amazon gifts now? Her address shows. I don't see the other one. Was it Tom? Thanks.

LOL! Can I quote you on that, Janet? "Yes, the cow is sleeping in the next room?" Love it.

Just one big happy family. I'm glad they brought the stuffed bear to the food table as well, so considerate! ๐Ÿ™‚

Be honest Janet the cow is plotting her escape in the next room ๐Ÿ˜‰

It is so much fun to watch them grow and master things.....just a few weeks ago they had to use the climbing structure and many attempts to get in the hammock swing now they hop up and down at will

Oh, interesting that they do know when food might show up. Smartie pants.

I keep reading about all the black bears with missing limbs because of poachers, especially in NC and the Smokey mountains ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข

The name Boudreaux comes to mind as being one of the smart ones ๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

Somebody has really figured out how to get in that swing. Second time I've seen him pull up by the cables.

Sorry I came on late. did anyone else see the video of the bear swimming across the river in South Carolina?

Tweetsie making sure no berries were left unattended. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for another great day of videos Curator Janet.

Thank you again Curator Janet as well as assistants Jake and Joey! Everyone have a blessed evening. See you tomorrow at 1:30 ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

I kind of hope Dumplin learns how to take selfies, with those cute antennas sticking out of his ears ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿป

Ed Piatrowski, weatherman for WPDE, on Facebook, has a video of a bear swimming across the Peedee River in coastal South Carolina. Wide, wide, lots of flooding there now. Scroll down.

I presume the firehouse hammocks in the wild enclosure have been thoroughly reinforced ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ although I have a feeling this gang will do their best to take it down. ๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Thank you Janet. Won’t be able to join tomorrow but I’ll watch the recording. Have a great week and enjoy your well deserved time off๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ

Thank you, Janet!! There's so much action to cover at ABR! It's fascinating to learn about bear intelligence and their curiosity. โค๏ธ

This bear "momma" wonders about those branches. Don't want to see anyone get a poke in the wrong place.

Thank you Janet. Hope everyone has a great evening. Stay safe out there. โค๏ธ๐Ÿป๐Ÿพ

The curators learned from the bears that they can climb concrete block. Shelby was one, but there were others, too.

Do bears "run" warm? I'd think so, with their fur and with these three hooligans and their non-stop movement.

Both king b and Sparks hug the end of the platforms by the tree ๐Ÿค”

Sparks is another King B -- just a chill bear.

Hello handsome Sparks. You seem to have the demeanor of King B ๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

View more comments

2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Hey All! Curator Coy here with the Friday edition of ABR FB LIVE!! ... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

So glad I found you on FB, live local and love our bears, how can I set up a monthly direct donation ?

Would ABR consider helping older adult bears that have gotten injured in the wild. I have seen stories of bears being without limbs.

You're welcome. Wished I could give you a million dollars!

I can’t come up with enough adjectives for how great ABR is.....and the improvements you have made at ABR in these past few years Curator Coy has been nothing short of amazing. ABR has always done a lot with a little.

Well helloooo and good Morning Raven, Chickadee. You're soo playful soo early in the morning, lol.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿก

Coy I watched the interview you and Dana did with the TWRA yesterday evening great interview and lots of great information!!

Well hellooo Ferdinand, Dumplin, Tweetsie, good afternoon cubbies. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿก

They are just too cute and adorable, but soo full of energy, super playful. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿก

If you scoot the climbing tree over to the other corner near the food, the little darlings could swing more ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well Sparks you're just lounging on the platforms handsome boy. Happy Furrrrriday Sparks Bear. ๐Ÿป๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ

Smart bear, finding a way to get up on the swing!

It amazes me how these tiny cubs can haul these large stuffed animals around, and pulling them up on the swing.

Well helloooo Curator Coy and good afternoon. Hope the weather's sunny and warm there.Thank you for sharing Facebook Live with Sparks Bear, the cubbies. Happy Furrrrriday everyone. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿก๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’›

Really enjoyed your interview with Dana that was done the day Ferdinand arrived ๐Ÿ‘

That hammock swing was a great invention! Y'all come up with so many enriching activities for the cubs!

Well helloooo Sparks bear,hope the weather's sunny and warm, that you're having a great Day. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿป๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฒ

Greetings from New Mexico! The cubs are getting more coordinated and stronger with each passing day. Good little bears!!

You work very hard for these bears. We really appreciate that, Coy.

At least the balls wont be chewed through like our well known Boudy bear!

Wonderful to see all the bears so active ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. Thank you very much for the update ๐Ÿ’–

How do you guys avoid getting ringworm from them when feeding the bears?

A real bear mom would not put up with what not a polar bear is putting up with right now

Coy....you have a very nice speaking voice for these live feeds.

Awww! I never realized how much time they spent on their backs, sleeping and playing

Well their learning, their balancing, more agile, perception, their motor skills are definitely getting soo much better. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿก

View more comments

4 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Current weather: 72F (22C) Cloudy

Last night, Tweetsie, Dumplinโ€™, and Ferdinand made the acquaintance of some delightful berries. Cherries and blueberries to be exact, mixed into their formula. Some of our former cubby residents treated their first encounter with solid food as an invitation to play with the fruit. Not The Hartley House Crew! They figured out right away that chopped, pitted cherries and blueberries are yummy. ๐Ÿป๐Ÿฎ ๐Ÿป๐Ÿš‚ ๐Ÿป๐ŸฅŸ

The curator had the same luck in The Red Roof Recover Center. Raven and Chickadee loved the berries and cherries. This is an important step for our five four-month-old cubs. They must transition to a solid-food-only diet before they can be released to a Wild Enclosure. ๐Ÿป๐Ÿง ๐Ÿป๐Ÿฆ

Sparks, our yearling, slept on the resting platform, then was off to forage in the thick undergrowth. He was living the solitary life of a male black bear before he came to ABR so we canโ€™t treat him like a cub. However, we do claim the same rights as parents of human teenagers: โ€œcheck in once in a while so we know youโ€™re ok. You can eat what you find in the fridge. And it wouldnโ€™t kill you to take a bath.โ€ Sparks might cooperate or notโ€ฆjust like human teenagers. ๐Ÿปโœจ

Thank you for helping our five cubs and one yearling get a second chance. โค๏ธ

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

๐ŸšจOur Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is closed until further notice. Please stay safe and healthy!

*We post one bear update daily, seven days a week.
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

You all get so much work done. I wish I had half your energy. The little ones are so incredibly cute and, wow, do THEY have energy. Sparks is another King B...just so laid back. He counteracts the cubs.

Thank you for another entertaining update on our rambunctious cubbies and elusive Sparks (good bear)! So glad the cubbies are liking their fruit, as that will get them one step closer to being out in the fresh air again, something I’m sure the curators will enjoy as well! ๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Do you ever throw berries in to the wild enclosure?

These pictures are so cute. You all sure work hard to keep this babies warm, full, clean and happy! Bless you!

Are you sure taking bath won't kill you? Asking for Sparks-no, I mean a friend.

Love these little furballs...thank you for such a wonderful update.

Thank you ABR for taking such good care of the babies..they are blessed. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

Great job Curators! You take such wondeful care of all the little lost bears! โค๏ธ

Thanks for the update on our sweet residents and the great pictures too looks like everyone is busy especially the room service crew!!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿป๐Ÿพ

Have a great Thursday curators, cubbies and yearling. Enjoy your berries. They sure look yummy. ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’โค๏ธ๐Ÿป๐Ÿพ

Aww, our small babies are growing so fast!! Sparks Bear will blossom. Thank you, ABR!

What precious cubbies...and so grateful that they love the cherries and berries!! It won't be long until we get to see them in the acclimation pen and then the wild!!!! Can't wait!!

You guys do such a great job of taking care of our little bears & keeping their homes well maintained, thank-you.love reading about them everyday

Wonderful bunch of pictures today, ABR. Thanks so much for keeping us entertained during this "stay-at-home" pandemic.

Sweetest pictures ever๐Ÿ’ž Love those bears๐Ÿ˜Š

Wonderful update! Thank you for all you do for the cubs and yearling.

Wow! Big transition for the cubbies and they all aced it! Bet they loved their breakfast! Hope Sparks was treated to special breakfast also. Can't wait until all the cubs are united. Summer Bearolympics will commence!

A bunch of adorable bears!

Thanks for the awesome photos and commentary.

It's a cubs life---lucky cubbies keep eating the fruit. Xxxx uk

Lucky little bears graduating to pitted cherries and blueberries. I feel sorry for whoever has to pit the cherries! ๐Ÿ’ Ha ha, I wonder if Sparks heard your comment about the bath or, like a teenager, has selective hearing. ๐Ÿ›

They are so precious!! ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’“โฃ๏ธโฃ๏ธโค๏ธ

I found some small wild stawberries along a country road, does black bears eat them?

Full tummies happy tummies ๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿป

Definitely some fine cabooses developing at ABR โค๏ธ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ

View more comments

Load more

More Room in the Den Campaign

We will be adding a fifth wild enclosure and upgrading several of our existing buildings to better accommodate bears in need. View the campaign letter to learn more about all the upgrades. Click here to view a map of the future upgrades.

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.

Our Bear Videos