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14 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

We’d thought The Beary Triplets had abandoned their Forbidden Tree Project but we were wrong. One of the persistent cubs nosed and pawed at the plastic shield; we could almost see his brain smoking, trying to figure it out. He gave up, but we’re sure he and his siblings will be back. Miss Beignet Bear did more excavating on her project; the hole near the base of The Forbidden Tree is getting bigger and deeper. Could the two projects be connected? Is this part of a conspiracy to conquer The Forbidden Tree by either climbing it or toppling it? πŸ€”

The Six Cubs in Wild Enclosure #2 enjoyed their dried corn treat. The ample and rotund Jessamine Bear was enjoying her snack when the ever-charming Dandelion came to check out what she was eating. No shares for you, Dandelion! As you know, it takes next to nothing to startle our cubs, and something did startle them. They took to the resting platform faster than their chubbiness should allow. As usual, they recovered their composure and Dandelion saw an opportunity. She came down first and helped herself to Jessamine’s corn. Cubby Rules: it’s all mine especially when it’s yours.


****We 're sorry so many of our friends are having trouble registering ABR with Kroger Community Rewards Program. We've contacted them and they told us this is a regional program, not nation-wide. Our Region consists of TN, KY, NC, and AL. So people in those states should be able to sign up to support Appalachian Black Bear Rehab & Release Center, either by name or IK172. We're terribly sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate your kindness to our bears and our mission. ❀️

ABR’s holiday ornaments, cards, and 2020 calendar are on sale now. Please click on this link for the calendar:

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So this is the plan (ala Thelma & Louise): Miss Beignet Bear has been excavating the substructure below the "Target Tree" then when the time is right the Berries will all push on the opposing, uphill side of the tree toppling it over onto the fence; mass escape ensues... once they're sure they've exhausted all the free room service they can trick the curators into. They've been studying those culvert traps too to figure out how to jam the release mechanism so they can grab the goodies (like sardines) once they've been loaded. Milo left them detailed notes.

Beary Triplets are playing with the Curator’sπŸ˜ƒ

These little rascals are something else! I said a while back that if they couldn’t climb said Forbidden Tree they would try bringing it down. That hole is getting deeper and deeper! Miss Dandelion is one smart little bear. Just ask Jessamine. I think The Bearys and Beignet need her input on this tree situation! Wishing all a blessed and peaceful night! 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»

I love the cubby rules! Time to implement them....❀

I know this may be a long shot but we are out in Kansas. Our grocery store, Dillons, is owned by Kroger. They carry Kroger brand food and We even use the same "Plus" card for points and fuel discounts. We use our Plus card when we drive back east and shop at Kroger or get gas. Would love to be able to sign up to help ABR!! ❀️

Have a great evening and night curators and cubbies. ❀️🐻🐾

Good night cubbies! Hope you had a great birthday today!

So if I'm in Bristol,TN I should be able to sign up for the Kroger program? I will check and see if someone can help me at customer service in store. I have been trying to sign up with no success.

Glad all cubs had a great birthday and that all is well in bear world today night sweet cubsπŸ’•πŸ»πŸΎ

I wish we had a Kroger near us 😭

So all of us from other states should write letters of complaint to Krogers about how we want to help the Cubbies of ABR too!

So will these cubbies be released before the end of the year or are they longer term residents? I am new to ABR and love them so....

Sharing Public ABR, Cubbies !πŸ˜€πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’žπŸ’™πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸŒ²

LOVE the pictures but the descriptions are the BEST!!! ❀️❀️❀️

If you go into your Kroger account and change your Kroger store (the zip code) to the nearest one to ABR then you can register them for your community rewards no matter were you live.

I love the cubby antics!! πŸ’—β€οΈ

πŸ˜₯ Kroger, GA is a lot closer to TN than AL. I can't get the photos to open either tonight.

Love these chubby nubbin fur babies πŸ™πŸ»β€οΈπŸŽ‰

Ah, that makes perfect sense. For I searched and researched using the name and code to no avail. Now I know why!!

Crafty little devils

- Might as well take the plastic off. With that much bark loss, that tree doesn't have a chance.

Photos opened for me


Boo on Kroger. Amazon smile is nationwide though.

I haven't been able to get photos to open either?

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22 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

ABR chose January 22 as the β€œofficial” birthdate for all bears who come to us, as it falls roughly mid-way in the range of possible birthdates. We celebrate Cubby Birthday every month as each one is a milestone worthy of note. Today, Boudreaux, Beignet, Bluebeary, Blackbeary, Hucklebeary, Bentley, Dandelion, Jessamine, Bluebelle, and Marigold are nine months old! Our four yearlings, Hartley, Daffodil, Iris, and Sweetie Bear, now back in the wild, are twenty-one months old. Happy Birthday, bears! πŸŽ‚β€οΈ

It rained on the cubs for most of the night. The rain, desperately needed, watered the vegetation and gave the cubs a natural spa shower. Our bears use the resting platforms and trees to wait out the rain, but they did come down to forage and play. Curators Tom and Ashley supplemented their menu with ears of dried corn, a big hit with the furry set; the cubs took the corn up to their platform to dine at leisure and away from the wet.

We wish all our residents, past and present, a very happy birthday and thank you for helping them reach another milestone on their journey back to the wild. πŸŽ‚β€οΈπŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»

ABR’s holiday ornaments, cards, and 2020 calendar are on sale now. Please click on this link for the calendar:

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Thank you for sharing😊 Happy Birthday little bearsπŸ’ž

Awww!!! Happy Cubby Day to all the sweet bears!! ❀️🐻❀️

Happy birthday cubbies Beignet, Boudreaux, Bluebeary, Blackbeary, Hucklebeary, Dandelion, Bentley, Jessamine, Bluebelle, and Marigold. ❀️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾 Happy birthday yearlings Hartley, Sweetie, Daffodil and Iris. Hope you are having a great life, and I hope you are safe, happy, and healthy. ❀️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐾🐾🐾🐾 Have a great Tuesday curators.

I share my birthday with the cubbies’ October celebration πŸŽ‰!! Happy birthday, cubs and yearlings! Hope you get lots of tasty treats and cubby wrasslin’ today! 🐻πŸ₯°

Happy birthday to all our beloved bears everywhere! Thank you ABR for all that you do for them! Without you they would not have that second chance back to the wild! πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

Happy Birthday to all Bears πŸ»πŸ’– at ABR and in the wild !! Thank you ABR for sharing the bears with us and for taking such good care of them .πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»

Happy Birthday to all our bears everywhere! Happy Birthday Finnegan, praying you are well!❀️

Happy Birthday to all our cubbies past and present❀️😘🐻

Happy Birthday, little ones and big ones! May you celebrate well with your corn and all your other treats! So thankful for your second chance at life. Thank you, ABR...

I an happy for the cubs to celebrate this milestone in their young lives, but I know this means their release is imminent. i hope they will all be happy in their soon to be forever homes. It means ABR has done their job again. So admire everyone on the team.

So great to see them all so chubby! Great work ABR! I remember them as scrawny babies

Happy Birthday Black Furballs!!! πŸŽˆπŸŒ³πŸ»πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰ I❀️ABR!

Happy cubby birthday, everybeary! <3

Happy Birthday sweet cubbies.

Happy Birthday to all Bears!

Happy Birthday Cubbies!

Happy cubby bear day to u all πŸŽ‚βš½οΈπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈπŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»

Thanks for Sharing how well all the Cubbies are doing.

Happy Birthday to all the cubbies. Enjoy your day

Happy Birthday baby cubs

Happy Birthday Bears!

Happy Birthday πŸ»πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰

Happy Birthday 🐻❀

I love when they get a special treat !!

I have been wondering if bears liked dried corn, I know they like fresh.

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Our cubs are all about the business of eating now. We often catch them with noses to the grindstone (the ground) as they look for tasty morsels. They are busy packing on the pounds for denning season. Thanks to nutritious food and especially thanks to Mazuri Bear Diet, our cubs have spectacular fur coats to keep them warm and cozy in a den.

The Bearys and Beignet are doing fine. They chose to forage in the underbrush for much of the day.

Don't forget to check out the hooded sweatshirt in our online store. This item is available only for online purchase. The sweatshirts will ship at the end of November. The sweatshirts will not be available in our Trillium Cove store. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Every year I think the cubbies can't get cuter or funnier. The group this year will be hard to top. All of Boudreaux and Beignet's antics to keep the curators on their toes. Dandelion proving feistiness comes in small packages. The day to day wrestling. They will all be missed, but they will be back in their best place.

The cubs are all looking beautiful and healthy! Thank you so much for caring for our beloved little bears!

So round, so firm, so fully packed...those are our cubbies thanks to your wonderful care of them...Thank you. πŸ’

Look how big they are! Goodness! When did that happen to our kids? ❀ So excited and happy for them, but the parting for this group is going to be extra bittersweet. Can you give us a couple of days to prepare? πŸ™‚

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

Goodness that’s some chunky cubbies.

They all look amazing. Well done, ABR. You’ll have to roll them into the wildlife officers’ vehicles. πŸ˜†

These beautiful babies will definitely be ready for release in November or December. They will be ready to go straight to den! 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»

I got to visit the store today at Trillium Cove. Such precious folks

With fall here, and winter approaching, will the cubs be ready to be released soon? They all look great, chubby cubbies! ♥️🐻

Our cubbies are taking their job to chubbify quite seriously. Lots of hard work going on at ABR!

They are really chubby cubbies, big and round and beautiful

Beautiful healthy plump little fellers. I love them all

Wow!! They look great.

The chublets!! They are almost square! LOL Full, beautiful black coats as well. They are quite a handsome bunch!!! Love!! πŸ™‚

I got my t shirt and ornament in the mail and I love it!

Vehicle shock absorbers may be on the Amazon wish list after those cubs are released, especially His and Her Ampleness after that long trip to Louisiana!!

Such beautiful bears

Oh my goodness....they seem to grow bigger overnight!! Must be the Mazuri Bear Diet pellets. πŸ˜‰

Love the pictures. Black bears are my favorite wild animal.❀️

You’ve raised some healthy chunky monkeys ❀️

Holy hoots! Bluebelle is giving Holly Bear a run for chunkiest bear!

So great to see them going crazy and getting big!!! Little tubs of lard!!!! Love it!!

Since the bears love to play and be together it makes me wonder how they will adjust to being alone once released... seems sad since they seem to enjoy being together

Plump Cubbies! ❀❀

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3 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

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My oldest volunteered at a local rescue for Honors Society credit while in high school. I was afraid we'd end up with more than the 3 cats we already have cause she's an animal lover.

Some of their personalities just pop out more than others. Boudreaux and Dandelion for example! What a twosome!

Four weeks of confinement. What a great turnaround!

I'll always remember Blackbeary's kindness to Beignet when she came back to the enclosure. <3

As always, thanks Janet, J and J, ABR and the ever ready UT Vet School.

Loved Hartley and Beignet too. I named my dog after Finnegan from a few years ago

Hartley has been my favorite this year as far as yearlings. And then cubbies would be Beignet, Boudreaux, and Dandelion.

Janet, I’ve been to the ABR education center in Townsend. It’s wonderful!!!!!

Pretty soon they'll be too big for that hollowed out log. πŸ˜‚

Thank you Janet for your wonderful explanations, I feel I learn something every FB live. πŸ™‚

My mom would be yelling at us to get down out of the trees! These cubbies make me hold my breath sometimes! It’s good to keep track of the headcount.

this enclosure looks like a Kansas tornado came through it and stripped every tree and every branch!

If we have a few warm days during the winter (as sometimes happens), do the bears come out of their dens for some fresh air and exercise?

Thank you again Janet for another great weekend of Facebook live and videos hope you and Jake and Joey have a great week and as always looking forward to next weekend πŸ’•πŸ»πŸΎ

LOL! I'm sure they hold meetings to figure out how to make liars of y'all!

Thanks for the videos and information, Janet. Have a good week.

I got a dump truck load of mulch one year, way more than I needed. The deer made a bed of it in the winter because of the heat it was giving off as it broke down.

Sure my cat is listening he is going into cat equivalent of hyperphagia

Thank you,Janet... I was wondering if you all plant apple trees in the encloses or would they murderize it?

I never realized how much time bears spend on their backs.

Awe Janet. Coming from the heart of a curator that truly cares. ❀

I love & appreciate your love for these bears, Janet. You are Awesome β™‘

Delayed implantation--THANK YOU. I didn't want to say "abort"; nature protects her.

I got my Bear Force One ornament yesterday. Not disappointed in the least! Love it!

They have the whole enclosure and pick the edge of the platform. Lol

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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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