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24 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

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My husband calls me a bear nerd and his point was proven when we were on a hike while in Glacier National Park last week and a black Bear came out of the woods and some were saying look at the cub and I was saying to my husband “ no that is a yearling, look at...” 🀣. Thank you Curator Janet and all of ABR for all you have taught us over the years.

Janet I really enjoyed the pictures that ABR shared this week that Ken had taken they were such great pictures!!

Seeing pictures of new cubs makes me realize how big our little ones have become this year!!!

We have a cub who was with mom but they are separated now. This cub isn’t the size of a yearling and it’s reported that it cries a lot. How do we know if it’s in distress? Do you help North Carolina bears?

My bear photos are starting to overtake family and friend photos 😊

I'm very blessed as our house backs onto a river and we occasionally see bears swimming across. They are such strong swimmers

I agree Janet. They are saying “You will never catch me again, but the food was good!”

Hi all from Germany! I think I saw that you had a visitor wild bear come by last night, or? Do bears outside of the rescue ever beccome a threat to the cubs in rescue?

I love the term “graduation day”. That makes it sound easier for us. Lol

Boudreau is beautiful.....almost as good-looking as Hartley:)

I can’t tell you how lovely these habits look and the bears are glowing.

Ken’s excellent photos showed the very different physical differences in the individual bears

Received my jacket today, love it. Thank you guys for all you do.

Thanks for showing the video of Iris' release. Happy graduation Iris Bear❀️🐻❀️

Your Graduation Day is coming soon Daffodil! Our miracle girl πŸ»πŸ’—πŸ’•

I think they are intelligent enough to know that they were helped, but still enjoy their freedom.

Thank you Janet for sharing the video of Daffodil she truly is a miracle bear

Thank you Curator Janet for a wonderful live Tour ! Always very much Appreciated!πŸ˜€πŸ’žπŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’œ

Thank you, Janet. I didn't know about delayed implantation in bears. That's really cool.

We have lots of bears in our wooded neighborhood. We learn to be careful and enjoy their visits.

I’m going to miss the yearlings even though I know it’s the best for them!

They are quite intelligent. Is it hard to keep them from escaping?

Are you still doing FB non-video updates? I haven't seen on for quite a while and I miss them!

Janet knowing how u all attend these awesome creatures do u all wonder how they are doing back in the wild after release as it would kill me wanting to know

Will Beignet and Boudreaux ever be reunited together before their release?

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

Our mission with Iris Bear ended today with her successful release back to the wild.

Iris arrived at ABR on May 14, 2019. She was about 15 months old, weighing only 19.8 pounds (9 kg), and suffering from malnutrition and tick infestation. After her examination at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Iris spent time in an Acclimation Pen before joining Sweetie and Daffodil, two female black bear yearlings, in Wild Enclosure #3.

It took a while for the yearlings to decide how they were to share their enclosure. In the wild, bears their age live a mostly solitary life and view other bears as competitors. With an endless supply of high-quality food available 24/7 and an Enclosure large enough to allow the residents to choose how to interact, Iris, Sweetie and Daffodil chose to be friends, playing, foraging, swimming and sleeping together. Iris thrived, gaining weight and strength, and it soon became apparent it was time for all three yearlings to return to the wild.

The curators initiated our β€œpassive capture protocol” whereby an Acclimation Pen is loaded with food and left open so the bears become accustomed to entering and exiting at will. Shortly before the release date, the gate is lowered, trapping the bears within, making it easier and safer to immobilize them for release.

However, the Acclimation Pen adjoining Enclosure #3 isn’t suitable for multiple captures, but The Cub House adjoining Enclosure #4 is. The curators raised the gate separating the enclosures and the yearlings crossed over on their own. They’ve had access to The Cub House for several days, and today Iris accepted our invitation to leave. The curators closed the gate to prepare her for release.

Iris was safely immobilized before transport to the Release Staging Area. The Park Rangers and our Curators worked quickly and efficiently. Iris weighs 79.4 pounds (36.01 kg), a very good weight for a 19-month-old yearling at this time of year. Her fur is thick, glossy and tick-free and her teeth are in excellent condition.

The rangers placed Iris in the transport pen and invited Curators Coy and Ashley to accompany them to the release site. Iris shot out of the pen and up a tree where she gave the curators the best thankyou they could have hoped for: she huffed and blew at them! Good bear!

We thank the people who called about Iris, the rangers who rescued her, the vets who examined her, and the ABR volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of bears they will never meet. Most of all, we thank you, our kind and generous friends, for giving Iris a second chance. We wish her a long and happy life. ❀️🐻

Our ten cubs and two yearlings had a good day. We’ll post an update about them tomorrow. ❀️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻


*We post updates about our residents, twice daily, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and once daily on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
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I always have such mixed feeling on release days. It's so wonderful for each and everyone of these little bears to have a second chance at life in the wild, yet sad to see them go back out in that great big world once more. I wish Iris well, may she have a wonderful long life in the woods where she belongs and go on to produce some adorable cubbies of her own. Thank you ABR and all who have helped sweet Iris get to this point. <3 <3 <3 & (((hugs))) to all.

Awww I'm teary... I am always sad when one (or more) leave while at the same time so totally amazed at the beauty, strength and weight they have gained under the care of ABR.. Live well Iris. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–

79 lbs! Love all the photos and her story. May her new home have lots of berries and nuts in fall. Thrive on Miss Iris bear!

While reading this info on Iris and her release my tears were flowing. I know the sweet bears are here for a short period of time to grow and get strong for the next part of their life. Thank you all ABR for your hard word and kindness for these babies 😘

One more of our “babies” has recovered enough to be given a second chance for life in the wild. I’m very happy for Iris, though right now my heart aches a little. I know this is the best thing for this sweet little yearling! Love you Iris Bear! ❀️

She is beautiful. Now her life journeys starts while we all worry and wonder how she is tonight. I am happy and sad for me because I love watching our bears grow and want to keep them close. Great job ABR. Thank you for another well bear who will do fine.

I'm already missing my Iris, but am so grateful she made it this far...God speed, little bear...May you be blessed with everything you need to grow and thrive. Thank you, ABR...

Praying for a long and happy life for Iris. It’s always so bittersweet when one of the little ones are released.

I’m so happy for you sweet Iris I hope you have a long and healthy life thanks to everyone who helped take care of this sweet girl and especially ABR without this wonderful rescue all the sweet bears and cubs would never get the second chance they all so deserveπŸ’•πŸ»πŸΎ

Thank you for rescuing her, giving love and health, and the best chance to survive back where she belongs. It is always bittersweet to see them go. Have a wonderful life Iris πŸ™‚

I'm crying, but they are tears of joy for this sweet cubby and her second chance at life in the wild. It's bitter sweet but I am indeed happy for her. May God keep her safe, happy, healthy, and not hungry. Thank you ABR for all that you did for Iris. You guys are amazing. If there's a video I can't wait to see it. Run fast, run wild, run free sweet Iris. You are now where you belong. You are finally back home.❀️πŸ˜₯🐻🐾

Run free Iris, ABR took great care of after the doctors at UT Vet Med! Sure going to miss you, your such a gorgeous yearling please stay safe and away from people! May your Creator watch over you always much love and prayers πŸ™♥️😘

Ohhhh this is always so bittersweet to me. I miss them so much and know they have to go and have a wonderful life. Be a good bear, Iris and live and prosper.

Thank you for sharing the information and pictures of her release. We will certainly miss the adventures of Iris but I am so thankful for all of you doing what you do to release healthy bears back into the wild!

Sad and happy...sweet Iris..what a blessing you have been returned to the wild! Live free and wild! Because we owe it to you and your Mama....i need a tissue ...

Thank you for taking such great care of these beautiful young bears. They hopefully will live a long and happy life. It’s sad to see them go, but it’s inevitable! Thank you againπŸ’•

Release day is always so bittersweet. I'm so happy for her and selfishly, sad for us. Godspeed, Iris! May you live a long and happy life in the great outdoors!

Beautiful! I am so happy when they return home! Stay safe and have a long happy life and many many lovely cubs! God bless you Iris!

Best of luck, dear Iris. I know it's always a success to be able to release to the wild, but every time it tugs at my heart. πŸ˜ͺπŸ’”

Good girl, Iris Bear - almost 60 lb. weight gain! And you huffed and blew at the curators! Be free, little girl, with warm sun on your back, abundant nuts and berries, cool mountain streams, and a snug den for the winter - and many cubs of your own. Thank you for sharing Iris with us, ABR, and for the wonderful care you gave her.

Bittersweet but very happy Iris has a second chance at Bear life in the wild. Bless you beautiful bear on your journey to thrive ❀️

Thank you so much for sharing all the pictures of our beautiful Iris on her graduation day. It is always so bittersweet, even knowing that this is the ultimate goal. Run free sweet Iris. Hope you have a long and healthy life and lots of babies of your own! πŸ»πŸ’—πŸ™πŸ»

Happy and sad all at the same time! Good luck Iris bear! May you have a long life in those beautiful mountains of yours!πŸ’•

What a wonderful ending to life with Iris at your facility. So happy she climbed the tree ad huffed at the rangers. Mission accomplished.

I'm So happy for Iris but have mixed emotions seeing her leave. She has grown into such a beautiful bear. God speed, Iris. πŸ’“βœ‹πŸ»πŸ’ž

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

It rained cats and dogs last night; our thirteen residents took to their respective platforms and showered while they slept. Beignet and The Beary Triplets were up before dawn to forage, snacking on pears and apples. Dawn breaks later every day, a sign of summer’s wane and autumn’s approach. The bears don’t need calendars to tell them when it’s time to start eating with greater purpose; their internal clock will command them to gain weight to survive winter and hibernation, compelling them to eat for most of their waking hours. Our residents don’t have to travel to find food, but their counterparts in the wild do. The ABR facility is located in β€œBear Country” and we have visitor bears stroll through our grounds looking for food. One such visitor appeared the night before last but didn’t linger; when visitor bears don’t find something to eat, they move on. We wish it well and hope it has a long and happy life. ❀️🐻

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


*We post updates about our residents, twice daily, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and once daily on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
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I love the innate wisdom of these wonderful animals. They are growing into superior bears ready for the wild. Bless you all!!

Wishes for a good long life visiting bear. Safe travels sweetheart!

I love the way you always acknowledge visitor bears. πŸ’–

Love to watch these bears. I’m so happy they’ve survived and will be released to do their thing when it’s the appropriate time. Will have a little bit of heartbreak when they leave but they will be happy to live naturally. Thank you for all you do to help these beautiful animals be the best they can be. ❀️

Since the three yearlings were close...Will Iris bear miss her buddies and will her buddies miss her?

Showering and sleeping at the same time is so efficient! Wish I could do that some mornings.

Great point about the visitor bear just passing through! If people wouldn’t feed them or leave trash out...all bears would be safer! Good luck visiting bear πŸ€

Love these bears! ❀️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐾🐾🐾🐾

So everyone should have started out nice and clean this morning, at least until they find some mud to wrestle in! Hope it is a peaceful and blessed day at ABR 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»

My granddaughter lives in Chestertown in the Adirondacks and a yearling was caught on camera in the trees around the property. She says there are plenty berries and apples for them. Just stood for a few minutes and then wandered off.

They listen so well for what they need...marvelous little fur balls. Thank you for helping them to grow into magnificent creatures of God's making. πŸ’–

Little Bea has stuck close with the triplets hasn't she. Bless them all for a long and healthy life.

Happy to see that all is well at ABR this morning! I don’t blame the bears for sleeping in on this rainy day! Glad the visitor didn’t find anything to destroy! Have a great day!

Glad all are doing well this rainy morning eating and sleeping sounds like a good plan on this kinda rainy dayπŸ»πŸ’•πŸΎ

Love all the bears..πŸ»β€οΈπŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

Hopefully all of that rain helped to wash off the dirt! πŸ˜‚


Maybe their showers while sleeping will make their pools less brothy! πŸ€ͺ

Bet the visitor was Milo.

Do the roving visitors ever try to visit inside the cubs area for food?

Do the resident cubs ever interact with the visitors? How close can the visitors get to the residents?

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3 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

Our thirteen residents spent their official birthday day doing more or less what they always do: play, forage, nap, and wrestle. And, oh yes, we mustn’t forget wreck. They did a lot of that.

It rained heavily this morning; cubs and yearlings waited it out on their respective platforms. Except for the Wrestling Bearys, who exercised their right to fight regardless of the weather.

The cubs targeted the tarp hanging from the Acclimation Pen in Wild Enclosure #2 for wrecking…again. Jessamine, Bentley, and Dandelion had a great time hiding under it, pulling on it, and giving it much-undeserved attention. They haven’t destroyed it yet, but we give them full marks for trying.

Sweetie, Daffodil, and Iris spent hours lounging on their platform. They seemed content to play, nap and gaze over their enclosure. All in all, a good birthday for our bears.

Thanks to your exceptional generosity, our Cubby Birthday Peanut Appeal was a great success! We’ll post an update on the total poundage donated as soon as we can. Thank you for giving our thirteen bears a second chance at life in the wild. β€οΈπŸŽ‚πŸ₯œπŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»

Our "Adopt a Cub" site now lists all our resident bears, including the three yearlings who will be leaving us soon. Please click on the link below.


*We post updates on our residents, twice daily, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and once daily on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
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Wonderful to see all of your resident bears enjoying themselves on their birthday. πŸ’–

Happy birthday to all ABR bears both current and past. Much love. β€πŸ»πŸ™

Glad all had great birthday and are doing well and that they will have lots of yummy peanuts coming their way nite allπŸ’•πŸ»πŸΎ

They are all so beautiful! Thank you for giving them this birthday.

Happy birthday bears

Happy Birthday to all the cubs! πŸŽ‚β€οΈπŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»

Wonderful update tonight! Happy Birthday cubbies & yearlings ❀️

love--love the bear kids!!!

Thank you for another great post. It would seem everyone is surviving the stormy weather quite well. Maybe a little water logged! Hope everyone has a blessed and quieter 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»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

I looooove the beartales what a way to start every day!

your description of the "wrestling" bearys is hysterical.They certainly have their own inherited characteristics.

What a lovely birthday for these 13 ABR loves.

Looks like everyone had a very nice birthday today! Maybe the weather will cool off for them after the rain! Good night everyone!

Happy Birthday kidsπŸŽπŸ‡πŸπŸ₯”β€πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚

I love each of these cubs and yearlings living each moment in their own ways which delight them!! I'm going to miss this crowd when they are released. Thank You ALL for all you do to keep us in touch!πŸ’•

Such busy, beautiful bears!❀️❀️

The two bears really look as if they are in the wild❀xx uk

What a nice Birthday for all the Bears , the Rain could not dampen theire Spirits. Good , happy and healthy Bears all .❀❀❀

Good pictures.

They're definitely a bunch of characters!!!!!!


Is this the last week for the 3 girls to be together? πŸ™


why do people laugh at these,,, ABR you are doing great work in getting these cubs a chance to live

So happy that they all had a good birthday πŸ’–!

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ABR Update-August 22, 2019

Thank you for your exceptional generosity! Our β€œCubby Birthday Peanut Appeal” is now CLOSED! β€οΈπŸŽ‚πŸ₯œ
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ABR Update-August 22, 2019 

Thank you for your exceptional generosity! Our β€œCubby Birthday Peanut Appeal” is now CLOSED! β€οΈπŸŽ‚πŸ₯œ

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!Well Cubbies, Yearlings Happy Birthday!!!πŸ₯°πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ» πŸŽ‚πŸ°πŸ¨πŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸŽˆπŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’žπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’žπŸ’›πŸ’™πŸ’ž

Wow! That was fast! Thank you to everyone who contributed. I had planned to after work. Obviously that didn’t work out but I’m glad the appeal is closed! Outstanding!!!

How much were they going for? All of us that missed it can donate directly for the fresh fruit bill.

Awesome lots of yummy peanuts for some chubby tummies!!πŸ’•πŸ»πŸΎ

Happy Birthday Cubbies.

That is awesome!

That was quick! I was going to order when I got home from work.

Wow!! Already closed! That’s wonderful!!!

aww, I wanted to order after I got home from work πŸ˜’

Happy Cubby Birthdays!!πŸ»πŸŽ‚

That was fast!!! I do feel that FB has garnered so many generous fans.πŸ‘πŸ‘

What great news!!

We love the cubbies and the humans of ABR!!

How did I miss this? 😒


Wow! Good news πŸ’–πŸ»πŸ’–



Shoot, I was going to order tonight ....wow that is great. I will just have to be quicker on the drawπŸ˜ƒ.

I was too late last time, but made it this time.

That was quick! ABR followers are absolutely the best!





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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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