Daily Bear Updates

ABR Update-March 21, 2019

Evening Edition

Our four resident bears, cubs Boudreaux and Beignet, and yearlings, Hartley and Sweetie Bear, had a good day. Boudreaux has outgrown his carrier and moved to a larger one to give him more room. His sister, Beignet, is eating well but still needs time to catch up to her bigger brother.

Sweetie Bear, our most recent arrival, is doing well too. So far, she doesn’t seem stressed by her confinement in The Cub Nursery. The curator visits her every four hours to give her diluted bear milk replacement formula, a dish of Pedyalite, and to clean her pen. Sweetie is wary of the curators, just as she should be, but she’s not terrified; they don’t give her reason to be frightened and she’s getting used to their visits. She’s calm and we want her to stay that way.

Hartley Bear’s new coat is coming in quickly. He’s recovering much faster than we thought and that is a very good thing.

We leave you with a very short video of Boudreaux Bear trilling after drinking his formula. We apologize for the quality; it’s dark in his carrier but we wanted to share what we think is the best sound in the world.

Thank you so much for supporting our mission and our four bears. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻
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Does Sweetie have any reaction to the cubs, particularly when they are anxious for their bottles and squalling?

The den is alive with the trills of cubbie lalalaaaaaa 🐻😍🎼🧸🎶🎶🎶

Oh my...Boudreaux reminds me of little Finnegan and how he trilled. Finnegan loved Mother Bunny. 🐻💕 So happy that all the bears are doing so well. Way to go Hartley...keep growing that fur. And keep eating Sweetie and Beignet. 🐻💕🙏

Awwwww! What a beautiful sound from a contented cub.❤️ Did we hear a little burp, too? Thank you for capturing the trilling for us.

Listening to a contented cub trilling IS the sweetest sound in the world. Thank you for sharing it with us. And for passing on the good news about Hartley, Beignet, and Sweetie. Wishing everyone a good night.

Absolutely love getting regular updates, we look forward to them every day! So very, very happy all of the little ones are doing so well! 💕

Thank you for another encouraging update and especially for the video of Boudreaux! I am so glad to see that everyone is doing well and that Sweetie Bear is cautious but not freaking out. She needs some calmness in her life to get to where she needs to be to some day be able to go home. It is amazing how much Hartley has progressed in just the past few days. Looks like he might be moving in to bigger surroundings soon! And sweet little Beignet! She might be tiny but she is definitely a fighter! So, here’s wishing all residents and curators another good night. Will look forward to tomorrow’s update! 🐻🙏🏻❤️🐻🙏🏻💖🐻🙏🏻❤️🐻🙏🏻💖

Another good day for all our bears at ABR. So good to hear how fast Hartley's fur is coming back! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication.

Yay Hartley you will be a handsome furball very soon !!!❤️🐻🙈

Best sound in the world! Thank you Boudreaux!

Thank you for sharing the precious video. Most of us would never have the opportunity to hear trilling of a bear. Happy news about all 4 residents ❤️🐻. Hopefully you all are able to get some rest with your 4 hour feeding schedules plus all the other jobs involved with ABR. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

Boudreaux's trilling is thrilling. Biegnet is a beautiful, brave baby. Sweetie is the sweetest now that she's safe💜. And Hartley's incoming fur is heart-warming. He's well on his way to being a proper, hirsute bear. Even the arrows seem to be smiling.💕😊

Trilling has got to be the sweetest sound ever, just wow.

How adorable it’s almost looks like he is also kneading like a cat. So glad the cubs and the yearling’s are all doing well. 🙏🙏🙏🙏♥️♥️♥️♥️

That is the sweetest ever!!! And, I'm so thankful that all the bears are doing so well! I have faith that Sweetie Bear will be strong again, just like Hartley Bear is! Thank you, ABR!

So sweet sounds like he's singing. So happy all 4 are progressing. Such great news. Can't wait for the updates. Thank you very much.

Love the sound of a happy little cub. Pleased to hear all 4 residents are doing well. Yay! 🐻🥰

Love hearing the baby purring!

That is a beautiful, happy sound

What a wonderful way to end my day, a good report for all ABR residents and the trilling of a content cubbie. Goodnight all.

Oh my! I really needed this dose of good news today. Great news! Keep going, keep growing, sweet little cubbies! All of you. Can't wait to see a fluffy furry Hartley, especially. (Happy dance once again.)

So cute! 💗 🐻

That could not be any sweeter!💕💕

Happy update on all 😁

Happy Spring baby bears for all! ❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️

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20 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

Sweetie Bear, our yearling, provided the curators with evidence that her internal plumbing is working. Overnight, she produced the much-anticipated poop and gave the curators lots of urine to boot. For those new to Appalachian Bear Rescue, Sweetie arrived on March 19, 2019, severally malnourished and emaciated. To avoid refeeding syndrome, she’s on a strict diet of 39 ml of bear milk replacement formula, diluted to 50% strength, and 39 ml of Pedyalite every four hours, around the clock. Her rations will increase gradually over the next few weeks until her body is able to handle a full normal diet. It’s a very slow process and we hope Sweetie will be patient with us. She’s sleeping well and we think she’ll get used to the feeding routine quickly, so the appearance of a curator every four hours will make her wary, but not frightened.

If we didn’t know Beignet Bear is too young to read, we’d swear she studied last night’s evening post just to prove us wrong. In it we stated she “…is a little more persnickety about who holds her food.” Really? During the overlaps between evening, overnight and morning shifts, Beignet ate quite happily, regardless of who held the bottle. We stand corrected.

Beignet and her brother, Boudreaux, are beginning to sprout teeth; the curators can see and feel them. We wean bear cubs from bottle feeding as soon as they’re able to lap formula from a bowl, and we wean them from liquid to soft solid food as soon as they can digest it. We escalate the process to minimize human contact and the chance the cubs will habituate to the curators. In a few weeks, the toothy cubs will leave The Nursery for The Cub House.

Hartley Bear is still asleep on his bed. You’ll notice he moved it closer to the gate that leads to the outside Acclimation Pen. We want him to be outside as much as he does, and in a few days, he will.

Thank you so much for supporting our mission and our four bears. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

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We post updates on our residents twice daily, morning and evening.Morning Edition Sweetie Bear, our yearling, provided the curators with evidence that her internal plumbing is working. Overnight, she produced the much-anticipated poop and gave the curators lots of urine to boot. For those new to Appalachian Bear Rescue, Sweetie arrived on March 19, 2019, severally malnourished and emaciated. To avoid refeeding syndrome, she’s on a strict diet of 39 ml of bear milk replacement formula, diluted to 50% strength, and 39 ml of Pedyalite every four hours, around the clock. Her rations will increase gradually over the next few weeks until her body is able to handle a full normal diet. It’s a very slow process and we hope Sweetie will be patient with us. She’s sleeping well and we think she’ll get used to the feeding routine quickly, so the appearance of a curator every four hours will make her wary, but not frightened. If we didn’t know Beignet Bear is too young to read, we’d swear she studied last night’s evening post just to prove us wrong. In it we stated she “…is a little more persnickety about who holds her food.” Really? During the overlaps between evening, overnight and morning shifts, Beignet ate quite happily, regardless of who held the bottle. We stand corrected. Beignet and her brother, Boudreaux, are beginning to sprout teeth; the curators can see and feel them. We wean bear cubs from bottle feeding as soon as they’re able to lap formula from a bowl, and we wean them from liquid to soft solid food as soon as they can digest it. We escalate the process to minimize human contact and the chance the cubs will habituate to the curators. In a few weeks, the toothy cubs will leave The Nursery for The Cub House. Hartley Bear is still asleep on his bed. You’ll notice he moved it closer to the gate that leads to the outside Acclimation Pen. We want him to be outside as much as he does, and in a few days, he will. Thank you so much for supporting our mission and our four bears. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻 https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/donate_page/donate?track=Website_Donate_Page_Link We post updates on our residents twice daily, morning and evening.
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Yay Sweetie for poop! Babies are growing. Hartley starting to look like a little bear again. All good.

Thank you for the updates! Reading about the cubs twice a day is pure joy!

Thank you so much for the continued updates. My day doesnt truly start without my "Bear update"!!!! Thank you all for the time, patience and amazing care you give the babies!!!!

Lots of love you all. Hartley looks so good.

Love the updates, hope all continues to go well for these dear little bears. Thank you for caring for them

Glad the plumbing is working.

Another wonderful report in the one day at a time process! Lots of tlc from ABR is working! ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

So glad they’re all eating well.

Oh how precious, I love her she has captured my heart! I would love to wrap her in a blanket and give her all kinds of cuddles!

I ❤️ the little bear cubbies. They thrive in your care💯

All looks rosy in Bearland!

Wonderful news! What more could we ask for? Thank you marvelous curators for everything you do to help these beautiful creatures. ❤️

Do you think Boudreaux will be ready to lap before Beignet is? Would you begin weaning him sooner?

Awww look at that face! Sweet little one!

Great morning report ♥️♥️♥️♥️🐻🐻🐻🐻

Can you imagine the relief these cubbies must feel? It warms my heart to see that all is as well as it can be. Let the healing, growing and trilling begin! We love our little bears and those who look after them.

So Beignet gets in the last word, again! That girl does her own thing! Look out brother Boudreaux! I think you’re going to be getting payback from all the rough housing you gave your sister in the beginning! Sweetie Bear so glad all that important plumbing seems to be in good working order! Dear sweet Hartley, you have had the patience of Job and hopefully you can soon be rewarded! Thank you again to the author of yet another informative and entertaining update! Wishing a blessed day for all! 🐻🙏🏻❤️🐻🙏🏻💖🐻🙏🏻❤️🐻🙏🏻💖

When Beignet and Boudreaux move to the Cub House, will they once again share their living/sleeping space? I know they have supervised play time now, but also have separate living quarters.

Good news all around!! Sounds like someone is reading little one your posts lol. Thanks again for all the hard work that goes into all their round the clock care!! Appreciate everyone of y’all!!!

A small family of baby bears are the sweetest of families. Thank you for caring for them.

Wonderful 👏👏..keep improving sweet babies. ❤️❤️❤️❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🙏🙏🙏🙏

I hope one day Hartley and Sweetie can be outside together.💗

Wonderful news in cubby land 🤞🏻🙏🏻💪🏼💗🐻🌸🐻🐻💙🐻

Thank you ABR for being their guardian angels.♥️♥️

Appalachian Bear Rescue you guys ROCK!! I can only imagine the time and effort that truly goes in to caring for these little bears as it has to be both tiring and rewarding all at the same time. Love you guys and what you do!! Thank you!!!!!!!!! Rock on!!!! <3 :)

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1 day ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

At present, we have four bears in residence: two cubs-of-the-year (Boudreaux and Beignet) and two yearlings (Hartley and Sweetie Bear).

Sweetie, our most recent arrival, is doing well considering how emaciated she is. At nearly 14 months old, she should weigh at least 4 times her admission weight of 9.73 pounds(4.5 kilograms). Sweetie is drinking her bear milk replacement formula ration from a bowl and is lapping up cherry-flavored Pedialyte. She hasn’t produced any scat yet, but that’s to be expected considering she’s had so little to eat and is still recovering from sedation and the stress of rescue. We’re hopeful poop will come soon. She seems to like resting on her bed and the curators thought she might benefit from the company of a stuffed toy. Usually, bears her age aren’t interested in stuffed toys, but she’s so weak we’ll offer anything that might give her comfort.

Hartley Bear, our other yearling, resides in The Red Roof Recovery Center. He was scheduled for a vet visit this week, but the doctors were so impressed by the high-definition photos of his recovery they felt no need to immobilize him again. They’ve given the curators the go-ahead to move Hartley out of The Red Recovery Center. Hartley has been a patient bear, and we hope he’ll give us just a little while longer; it’s going to get colder over the next few days, and we’d like to move him next week. However, if Hartley wants out, we’ll oblige; he’s strong enough and has enough fat to put up with a few cool nights.

The cubs are two handfuls of fur containing equal measures of squirm and squall. They’ll become quieter as they get older; in the wild, making noise attracts attention, something a little cub doesn’t want. But at present, when they want to eat, the folks two counties over know it. If they were with their mother, she’d feed them to keep them quiet and we do the same. It’s funny how even little bears this age (almost two months old ) can show their quirks. Boudreaux is an equal opportunity eater; he doesn’t care who is wielding a bottle as long as they give it to him. His sister is a little more persnickety about who holds her food. We’re happy neither cub has objected to the pink towel. One of our former residents, Marvin Bear, hated pink towels as much as Hartley hates green beds. Every bear is a revelation, a miracle we’re privileged to witness.

Thank you so much for supporting our mission and our four bears. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

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We post updates on our residents twice daily, morning and evening.Evening Edition At present, we have four bears in residence: two cubs-of-the-year (Boudreaux and Beignet) and two yearlings (Hartley and Sweetie Bear). Sweetie, our most recent arrival, is doing well considering how emaciated she is. At nearly 14 months old, she should weigh at least 4 times her admission weight of 9.73 pounds(4.5 kilograms). Sweetie is drinking her bear milk replacement formula ration from a bowl and is lapping up cherry-flavored Pedialyte. She hasn’t produced any scat yet, but that’s to be expected considering she’s had so little to eat and is still recovering from sedation and the stress of rescue. We’re hopeful poop will come soon. She seems to like resting on her bed and the curators thought she might benefit from the company of a stuffed toy. Usually, bears her age aren’t interested in stuffed toys, but she’s so weak we’ll offer anything that might give her comfort. Hartley Bear, our other yearling, resides in The Red Roof Recovery Center. He was scheduled for a vet visit this week, but the doctors were so impressed by the high-definition photos of his recovery they felt no need to immobilize him again. They’ve given the curators the go-ahead to move Hartley out of The Red Recovery Center. Hartley has been a patient bear, and we hope he’ll give us just a little while longer; it’s going to get colder over the next few days, and we’d like to move him next week. However, if Hartley wants out, we’ll oblige; he’s strong enough and has enough fat to put up with a few cool nights. The cubs are two handfuls of fur containing equal measures of squirm and squall. They’ll become quieter as they get older; in the wild, making noise attracts attention, something a little cub doesn’t want. But at present, when they want to eat, the folks two counties over know it. If they were with their mother, she’d feed them to keep them quiet and we do the same. It’s funny how even little bears this age (almost two months old ) can show their quirks. Boudreaux is an equal opportunity eater; he doesn’t care who is wielding a bottle as long as they give it to him. His sister is a little more persnickety about who holds her food. We’re happy neither cub has objected to the pink towel. One of our former residents, Marvin Bear, hated pink towels as much as Hartley hates green beds. Every bear is a revelation, a miracle we’re privileged to witness. Thank you so much for supporting our mission and our four bears. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻 https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/donate_page/donate?track=Website_Donate_Page_Link We post updates on our residents twice daily, morning and evening.
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Thank you for taking care of the babies.

I love the stories about the bear eccentricities! I had no idea they could have such picky sides to their personalities. Really cute and interesting.

Can't believe it's been almost 4 years since Marvin, Bonnie Blue, And Ridgeway were residents. My life is goind by SO fast. These pictures of the bears are great. Hartley, as you said, will soon be out of the recovery center, but he seems to have behaved himself remarkably well with few complaints. He's a miracle bear for sure.

Oh thank you so much for this wonderful post. I enjoy every word . i know you guys have more to do than write to us but i hope you know how much we appreciate it !!

Oh, I love hearing about all of their quirks...thanks for sharing them with us ABR. Such great news about how impressed the vets were with Hartley. Glad that Sweetie is adjusting so well....I can’t wait until the day comes when you tell us she left some of her food. Thank you ABR

Good news always makes me happy! Saw a momma and 2 Cubs yesterday out and about. Fortunately they looked nice and fat.

I have to laugh at how picky Marvin was over the pink towel and Hartley is over green beds! But I'm glad Boudreaux and Beignet (squirm and squall) don't seem to have any color preferences at this point. Think how loud it would be if they voiced disapproval! Thrilled Sweetie has company and is drinking; prayers continue for her to be strong and fight on. And so very happy Hartley doesn't have to be sedated again and can move into bigger quarters when the weather permits. I gather he's going into an Acclimation Pen? Though we may not say it enough, my heartfelt thanks for every moment you all put into the extraordinary care you give these young bears, for every moment you spend thinking about how to meet their needs, for every moment you spend giving all of us updates and letting us share their journey.

Love the updates...thank you all so much.

I just love all the positive updates!!!!❤❤💙💙👍

Thanks so much for your updates and pictures. What a privilege to share in the rehab of these special bears. They are doing so well because of your knowledge and hard work. Bless you all! ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻😍❤️

Aww i just love these little guys and all their quirks! Thank you for letting us live vicariously through you! These updates make my day!!

Love the updates, whoever writes them brings a smile to my face. Thank you! So happy all the precious cubbies are doing well🐻🐻🐻🐻thank you❤

I absolutely love hearing about the different personalities the bears have. It’s amazing to me about the pink towel and green bed. Who would have ever thought that they even knew the difference.

Is it just me or do the siblings seem to have a touch of cinnamon phase to them?

Thank you Curators for your work and PATIENCE!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Thank you for the update and beautiful pictures! Happy to hear that all is well at ABR for now! Good night sweet little bears!

Cuteness overload! So good to hear they are doing so well!! Woohoo Hartley no Dr. Yay!! Lol Sweetie, you're gonna plump up real soon! Littles...Oh keep on doing what your doung!! ❤️

Great update for all four residents🙏🏻❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻 Let’s keep our fingers crossed for our little Sweetie 🙏🏻🤞🏻💗🌸🥣🐻💩 😜

Ok, if iam in that area and I see a bear that has been hit by a car or who seems to be in bad shape like Sweetie Bear, who should I call??

Way to go Hartley!! Sweet bears. Thank you ABR💓💓

Thank you for yet another good report on all of our current bear babies! So glad Hartley might get to move on to larger quarters soon. I hope that everyone has a peaceful and restful night; well as much as possible! Look forward to the morning edition!! Thank you curators for all your hard work and dedication! 🐻🙏🏻❤️🐻🙏🏻❤️🐻🙏🏻❤️🐻🙏🏻❤️

All of this is just amazing. I can t imagine how tired all of you get. It's got to be one rewarding job to see them grow and thrive. Thank you for letting me see all of this!

These pictures are so adorable

I love that I can tell Beignet and Boudreaux apart. He seems to have a longer more slender snout, or am I seeing things?

I feel privileged to get to watch this.

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ABR Update-March 20, 2019

Morning Edition

Sweetie Bear, our recent arrival, had a good night in The Cub Nursery. Her menu, a very restricted one to prevent refeeding syndrome, is 39 ml Fox Valley Bear Milk Replacement Formula at 50% concentration every four hours for the next five days. The curators will SLOWLY increase the concentration and quantity over the next few weeks until she’s able to handle an unrestricted diet. As you’ll remember, Hartley Bear went through the same process and it is a long one.

Cubs Boudreaux and Beignet had a good night too. Beignet is showing more strength in her hind legs and both cubs become a little more coordinated every day.

Hartley is doing well, still not complaining about his confinement. We hope he’ll be patient for a few more days until the weather warms up and he can move to larger quarters.

Sweetie Bear’s arrival garnered a number of questions we’ll try to answer.

Many of you wondered why we’re getting so many bears at this time of year and if this is a result of a mast failure in the fall of 2018. In our area, the hard mast (acorns) last year, was spotty: good in some places, poor in others. However, it wasn’t “famine bad”. Black bears must put on lots of weight in the autumn to survive winter and hibernation. If they don’t, they can’t hibernate. Had last autumn’s hard mast failed completely, we’d have received starving bears all year, as we did in the Famines of 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 and the majority would have been local bears. Though it is earlier than usual for bear rescue, we must remember that Boudreaux and Beignet are from Louisiana, Hartley is from Kentucky and only Sweetie Bear is from Tennessee, hundreds of miles apart. They were unlucky little bears; the cubs because of flooding and the yearlings because they separated from their mothers too soon and for reasons unknown. We didn’t admit an endless parade of starving bears over the fall and winter 2018-2019, so we can assume that most bears are fine and don’t need help. We were anxious over the amount of rain we received; the timing couldn’t have been worse with mother bears still in their dens, saddled with immobile new-born cubs. However, unlike bears in Louisiana, bears in our area prefer to den in trees and that may have saved local bear families from the same fate that befell Beignet and Boudreaux’s.

Bears who did hibernate in 2018 are beginning to exit their dens; males and single females first, mothers with yearlings next and mothers with cubs-of-the-year last. At present, there is little for bears to eat in the wild. The green stains on Sweetie’s teeth indicate she was eating grass to survive, normal in the late spring, but not nutritious enough if that’s all there is to eat.

We don’t like to use the word “abandoned” to describe a mother bear separating from her young. Black bear females expend too much energy and time in producing cubs to casually walk away from them. We’ve seen mother bears take care of very sick cubs for months, leaving them only when the cub couldn’t keep up with them. Black bears are generally timid; mothers are easily frightened away from their dens and their cubs. When we see young bears like Hartley and Sweetie alone before they should be, we understand there are a hundred reasons why they’re by themselves and we’ll never know any of them. Over the next few months, ABR will get lots of calls from good people who see cubs alone and assume they’re “abandoned”. Trees are “daycare centers” for bears and mother bears often park their cubs in a tree while they forage for food. However, if you do see a bear who looks like it needs help, don’t approach the bear. Call your local wildlife office or local law enforcement office. Let them decide if intervention is required.

Thank you so much for supporting our mission and our four bears. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

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ABR Update-March 20, 2019

Morning Edition

Sweetie Bear, our recent arrival, had a good night in The Cub Nursery. Her menu, a very restricted one to prevent refeeding syndrome, is 39 ml Fox Valley Bear Milk Replacement Formula at 50% concentration every four hours for the next five days. The curators will SLOWLY increase the concentration and quantity over the next few weeks until she’s able to handle an unrestricted diet. As you’ll remember, Hartley Bear went through the same process and it is a long one. 

Cubs Boudreaux and Beignet had a good night too. Beignet is showing more strength in her hind legs and both cubs become a little more coordinated every day.  

Hartley is doing well, still not complaining about his confinement. We hope he’ll be patient for a few more days until the weather warms up and he can move to larger quarters. 

Sweetie Bear’s arrival garnered a number of questions we’ll try to answer. 

Many of you wondered why we’re getting so many bears at this time of year and if this is a result of a mast failure in the fall of 2018. In our area, the hard mast (acorns) last year, was spotty: good in some places, poor in others. However, it wasn’t “famine bad”. Black bears must put on lots of weight in the autumn to survive winter and hibernation. If they don’t, they can’t hibernate. Had last autumn’s hard mast failed completely, we’d have received starving bears all year, as we did in the Famines of 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 and the majority would have been local bears. Though it is earlier than usual for bear rescue, we must remember that  Boudreaux and Beignet are from Louisiana, Hartley is from Kentucky and only Sweetie Bear is from Tennessee, hundreds of miles apart. They were unlucky little bears; the cubs because of flooding and the yearlings because they separated from their mothers too soon and for reasons unknown. We didn’t admit an endless parade of starving bears over the fall and winter 2018-2019, so we can assume that most bears are fine and don’t need help. We were anxious over the amount of rain we received; the timing couldn’t have been worse with mother bears still in their dens, saddled with immobile new-born cubs. However, unlike bears in Louisiana, bears in our area prefer to den in trees and that may have saved local bear families from the same fate that befell Beignet and Boudreaux’s.  

Bears who did hibernate in 2018 are beginning to exit their dens; males and single females first, mothers with yearlings next and mothers with cubs-of-the-year last. At present, there is little for bears to eat in the wild. The green stains on  Sweetie’s teeth indicate she was eating grass to survive, normal in the late spring, but not nutritious enough if that’s all there is to eat. 

We don’t like to use the word “abandoned” to describe a mother bear separating from her young. Black bear females expend too much energy and time in producing cubs to casually walk away from them. We’ve seen mother bears take care of very sick cubs for months, leaving them only when the cub couldn’t keep up with them. Black bears are generally timid; mothers are easily frightened away from their dens and their cubs. When we see young bears like Hartley and Sweetie alone before they should be, we understand there are a hundred reasons why they’re by themselves and we’ll never know any of them. Over the next few months, ABR will get lots of calls from good people who see cubs alone and assume they’re “abandoned”. Trees are “daycare centers” for bears and mother bears often park their cubs in a tree while they forage for food. However, if you do see a bear who looks like it needs help, don’t approach the bear. Call your local wildlife office or local law enforcement office. Let them decide if intervention is required. 

Thank you so much for supporting our mission and our four bears. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

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Great update thank you 🐻❤

To my great surprise, I caught myself giving information about black bears to people who knew nothing about them. Question like "what black bears climb trees and live there?" .I live in rural NJ where I see some black bears sometime but I am a city girl and I have no experience of rural life in general I am proud to be able to answer this thanks to you food people of ABR! Keep the bear lessons coming, I am very very interested. <3

Thanks again for the wonderful update, I start my day with it and end my day with it just before I say my prayers for all the Bears at ABR and the wonderful people who care for them! 🐻🐾❤️❤️❤️❤️

Eating grass to try to survive. Gulp! I feel like crying. Bless their little hearts. ABR, thank you for clarifying the predicament of mother bears and their cubs. It is good to know that most females are good mothers who have happened upon some circumstance or another that made taking care of their cubs/yearlings hard if not impossible. God bless all wildlife and especially mothers with their young.

Very happy Sweetie had a good night! Continuing to send prayers and healing strength. And that Beignet is showing more strength in her hind legs. And that Hartley continues to be a patient patient. Thank you for such a detailed explanation and answers to our endless questions. Wishing everyone, bear and human, a good day!

Thanks for the explanation! How did you all settle on the name Sweetie Bear? Of course, she is a sweetie.

Good job, Sweetie Pie. Baby steps, baby girl. Rest as much as you need, your'e safe now. Every light meal is another step closer to feeling better and able to handle more food. Soon you'll be a chubby-cubby roaming a wild enclosure before we know it. Hang in there!!

These little bears may have been unlucky in their circumstances, but their fortunes changed as soon as they came into the care of ABR where their chances of healthy lives increased tremendously. Thank you for all you do to help these bears be their best bear selves.

My heart skipped a beat before reading that all is well in Bearland! Virtual hugs and kisses to Sweetie Bear, she may be stressed and a little afraid, but all will be fine soon.

Thank you for a bright spot in my morning. Hope good things continue to happen for our cubbies in residence. Love the learning lessons, ABR. You're just the best.

Grateful for y’all and everything that y’all do. From the every 4 hour feedings, dropping everything to go get a Cub, missing out on family things but most of all, for caring and working so hard to make sure these babies get a second chance. Not every super hero wears a cape, mine wear ABR apparel. 💖🐻💖🐻💖🐻💖🐻💖

So glad these 4 little misfits made to ABR knowing now that have a chance to survive and get stronger each day thanks for the updates it’s 2 of my favorite parts of the day seeing what they’ve been up to and thanks for allowing us to be part of their journey 💕🐻

Absolutely love the brown ring around Sweeties eye not to mention that gorgeous brown nose. She is a beautiful Tennessee black bear. They ALL are....( They all are no matter where they come from) Thank you ABR.

Hang in there Sweetie-pie. Been waiting to see how she did and glad we are getting a good report! Thank yoiu ABR and the couple who were vigilant in getting Sweetie-pie the help she so desperately needed! ❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️

Thank you for all of this information. My heart goes out to these little bears, and my thanks to you is unending......My prayers for all of you.

Happy to hear that Sweetie Bear had a good night as well as the others! Thank you for the update and for caring what happens to our precious little bears!

That's very good news about Sweetie Bear surviving the night! I was so afraid she would be too weak; answered prayer! I continue to pray for all of them........and I thank you, ABR, for all you do for them!

So very happy to hear that all 4 bears 🐻 are doing well. One day at a time. ❤️

The public education provided in these posts is almost as valuable as your care for bears!

The hard mast failures have been devastating for wildlife in recent years in VA I’m praying we do not have another late freeze, false Spring this year. Prayers for Sweetie 🐻 she’s one lucky little lady. Thanks for all ABR 💙

Happy all is well at ABR. Thanks to all the curators,volunteers, UT vets and all involved. These are four lucky bears! If only they knew that. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

Poor Sweetie. Bless her heart. How she has struggled. She's finally getting food, but less than Beignet (a 2-month old) gets at each feeding.

Im relieved every morning to read that the precious cubbies are surviving and improving. Thank you for the most informative post. I have learned so much from you wonderful staff at ABR. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us, and for caring for the precious rescued cubbies. Sweetie bear is beautiful ❤️ Continued prayers for all the cubbies and for the humans who rescue and care for them 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🐻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Thank you for this post, it answered many of my questions. Keep up the good work, ABR, you are angels on earth. ❤️🐻

Thank you so much for the info! I'm really enjoying learning about black bears because I live in a national forest area and they'll walk through my yard and all around the neighborhood. Rest assure, I don't leave anything out that would be food tempting 😊. I love seeing them!

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Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

Sweetie Bear, our most recent arrival, is a fragile 13-month-old yearling. She has to be fed diluted bear milk replacement formula every four hours, around the clock. Our cubs, Boudreaux and Beignet, also need to be fed every four hours, but they’re getting full-strength formula and Sweetie’s is diluted to prevent refeeding syndrome. Housing Sweetie in The Cub Nursery is a temporary measure; she’ll stay there until the curators are sure she can drink formula and her plumbing works. She had her first dish a while ago and went to sleep. The cubbies are snoozing in their carriers and Hartley, our other yearling, is on his brown bed in The Recovery Center and out like a light. We wish you and our four bears a good night.

Thank you for supporting our four bears and our mission. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

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We post updates on our residents twice daily, morning and evening.Evening Edition Sweetie Bear, our most recent arrival, is a fragile 13-month-old yearling. She has to be fed diluted bear milk replacement formula every four hours, around the clock. Our cubs, Boudreaux and Beignet, also need to be fed every four hours, but they’re getting full-strength formula and Sweetie’s is diluted to prevent refeeding syndrome. Housing Sweetie in The Cub Nursery is a temporary measure; she’ll stay there until the curators are sure she can drink formula and her plumbing works. She had her first dish a while ago and went to sleep. The cubbies are snoozing in their carriers and Hartley, our other yearling, is on his brown bed in The Recovery Center and out like a light. We wish you and our four bears a good night. Thank you for supporting our four bears and our mission. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻 https://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51586/donate_page/donate?track=Website_Donate_Page_Link We post updates on our residents twice daily, morning and evening.
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Love to see the babys

❤️🥰 Much love to the tireless curators working around the clock to care for these fragile bears! Hopefully they can squeeze in some naps between feedings!

So much to do 🐻❤️

Hang in there, Sweetie Bear. You’re in good hands now getting the heartfelt care that you need.

So glad sweetie has had a meal! I was wondering how she is doing. Keep the updates coming, we are all on pins and needles rooting for our newest little bear

Wish I could help y'all by taking turns feeding. Every 4 hours around the clock can be as tiring as caring for a newborn baby. Will be thinking of the staff and praying for endurance.

You guys are truly angels. I know there us chance she might not make it but one hour at a time. I pray that she can hang on. Crying. Thank you ABR and that wonderful caring couple.

Thank you all, for all that you do to help these bears.

I hope Sweetie Bear feels safe and not trapped. She's gonna need lots of help over the coming months.

Sweet dreams babies. Wish I could say the same for the curators. 🐻🐻🐻🐻 Hope you all have a somewhat peaceful 🌛

Glad all are doing good this evening I’m so glad little Sweetie bear is getting the rest and care she deserves sounds like busy days and nights ahead for the Curators thanks so much for taking such good care of all the sweet bears nite all💕🐻

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Oh my.. SO PRECIOUS...getting a full house. Baby bear prayers for all 4 and people prayers for the caregivers!!!!

Goodnight baby bears and curators 😴

Goodnight to all bears. Your job is to eat, grow, and hopefully be released with a great chance of a long life. Sweet dreams. Tomorrow is a new day. 💜💜💙💙🐾🐾🐾🐾💤💤💤💤

You are starting the year out with some tough cases.

Is it usual to have 4 babies at ABR already this year? I hope it’s not a sign of a really busy season to rescue cubbies! So glad you all are there help them!

Sweet dreams cubbies I know you all are going to make it. #HartleyBear💖 #BandBcubbies💙💜 #SweetieBear💗

I love the pictures. Praying Sweetie thrives. The other 3 seem to be doing so good and I have faith Sweetie will too. Thank you all for all you do for these precious babies. They are adorable.

So precious 🐻❤️🐻❤️

Wish I was there to help with the feeding but being across the pond I can only follow the bears' progress here. 😍😍😍

Good night little cubbies! It's getting busy at ABR! ❤❤🐻🐻🐻🐻💜💜

Welcome Sweetie. You’re safe and secure now. Praying for ABR magical care to make her big and strong 🙏🏻❤️🇺🇸❤️🙏🏻

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