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.
The cubs were up early this morning, face down eating apples, peanuts, chestnuts and acorns. They will stay busy eating most of the hours that they are awake. It's time to put on pounds in anticipation of winter in a den. Our cubs get an A+ in Hyperphasia 101.
The rest of the ABR crew is busy too. We will attend a partner event later today and we're taking the Land Rover Defender. That means the Defender got a thorough bath this morning. It's shiny and the big stuffed bears at Trillium Cove are packed and ready to travel.
We hope to see all of you at the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival next weekend on Friday and Saturday. We and our partner TWRA will have tents with lots of BearWise information. Stop by and say hello!
Thank you for all you do for our little bears. You are the difference for all of them! ... See MoreSee Less
Just like every year, I seem to be going into hyperphagia like the cubs! That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it 😂. Everyone is looking so healthy, with such beautiful fur. I’m sure the Land Rover Defender will be a big hit. It has already done so much good for our bears. 🙏🏻🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐾🐾
They're looking ready to be released soon!
I love watching what these bears do ‼️
We love you guys too and are so thankful for you all.
I LOVE following the cute little bears!
Nia Bia Bearpaw
💕 💕 💕!!!!!
They are just beautiful, getting nice and chubby🐻😊🙏👍I hope you have a great day, thank you for the pictures and update❤🙏🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻❤👍
I’ll bet the Defender will be very attractive with the big stuffie bears inside! 😁❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻
Was in Townsend this weekend. Saw the Defender at Apple Valley Cafe and we went by the visitors ' center and got one of the new shirts and a Christmas ornament. My friend didn't know about ABR except she knew I support y'all. She doesn't wear t-shirts but she bought one and a little stuffed bear because she said, " I know it goes to a great cause. " I forgot to get the name of the volunteer working on Friday. She was very helpful and answered my friend's questions.
Do bears that live more southern ,like Fla, hibernate? My wild racoons, mid Tn. rarely topor, maybe 3 days last year.
We're starting to see acorns and nuts falling in our area. Curator Bailey stopped at a chestnut oak tree and picked up some acorns just this morning. Supporters are picking up nuts for the cubs too. Bailey picked up two tubs of beautiful chestnuts from a supporter this morning too. Acorns and chestnuts mean happy cubs!
We want to thank Blount County today. The County paved our road this week and we are thrilled. No more bumpy rides for curators or cubs!
Have you checked out the new products in our online store? Every purchase supports our cubs on their journey back to the wild where they belong. Support Burrito and Tamale Bear with a jar of Bearrito Salsa. Support Flapjack Bear with Flapjack Maple Syrup on your pancakes. Don't miss HoneyBunny Clover Honey and Bear Jam (a Cades Cove specialty). You can find the products at this link or stop by to visit us at our Trillium Cove Visitor & Education Center store. appalachian-bear-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/edibles
What a wonderful video! I have to go shopping 😊❤️🙏🏽
Yay.....wow what a difference paving that road makes. I remember thinking “ I don’t see how this bus can make it on this road” when it took us to ABR for the tour.
I'm so happy for you all getting your road paved! That would truly make a difference ❤️
I've been meaning to go to the site & now I definitely will! How wonderful to have yummies to help support the bears even more! Great idea! Love the video like always. You all are still so amazing in what you do! 🐻❤️🐻❤️
Thankful for a good hard mast year & all ABR does for cubs!!
Yay for the acorns falling👍👏🐻❤Oh I bet it's really nice having a nice smooth drive now that the road is paved👍Loved the video, thank you❤🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🙏🏻
Nugget seems to enjoy her solitary dip in the pool.
It's been a busy day at ABR today. The cubs are grabbing a last snack for the day and some are heading to the resting platforms for the night. The cubs were busy all day...busy eating and busy playing. The rest of the ABR crew were busy too. Curators Cole and Bailey were off to pick lots of apples this morning. They got three more tubs of them for the Cubby Cooler. JoAnne and Dana were busy at the Visitor & Education Center. We received a bunch of new items for the Visitor Center store in the past few days. If you visit us in person or in our online store, you'll find new Defend The Cubs autumn tees and ballcaps in new colors. We also added Turnip Bear to the adoption list.
Next weekend, we will be at the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival on Friday and Saturday. JoAnne has been busy getting everything ready for the festival. Curator Haley is working with our ABR Volunteers to schedule our event team. We hope you will come by to see us next weekend if you are in our neck of the woods. We will also be open at our Trillium Cove Visitor & Education Center. Our hours at Trillium Cove are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10-4. We hope to see you there too.
Website looks great!! I’m a particular fan of the Bearrito salsa! 😀
The new shirt came out great. Saw the picture when I visited. Love the bigger sizes too
See you at Bear 5K!
Maybe next weekend, too.
Yay to you all 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻!
I received my t-Shirt and wore it today. It is so comfy like all the shirts I’ve gotten from ABR. I may need to order another one in green. 🙂
I’m holding out to order. Any news when the 2024 calendars will be available? I’m assuming there will be a 2024 calendar. ♥️🐻♥️
Am Sharing this Post with Friends. To a very Successful Upcoming event. 😃🐻🐻🐻🐻🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲💛💞💚💛
Nice t-shirts 👍🐻
Does anyone have the link for voting
I just ordered the new tee! Love all my ABR tees. They hold up so well. I really think my all time favorite is the Peace Love Cubs Christmas tee!
Will Tim Weberding be doing a Christmas ornament this year?
Lots of things going on with ABR. Love all the new merchandise choices 🙏🏻🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐾🐾
Love the new shirts!
Those new t-shirts are nice.
Everyone is busy! I hope you get a lot of interested people at the Heritage Festival and at your Trillium Cove Visitor & Education Center. 🤞🤞🤞
When will the 2024 calendars be out?
Can’t seem to find shirt sizing. Can someone help?
Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful sweeties!
All of them look so beautiful and healthy 😍
Breakfast in bed.
Breakfast in bed 👍
The cubs sure have chewed through the ladder footing!
Well helloo Puddin bear, Caramel bear, Sprout bear, Cricket bear, Turnip bear soo Happy to see You Cubbies growing n thriving. 😃🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲💛💞💙💚
Sweet chubby cubbies ❤️
The bird making the loudest noise and changing tunes is the official Tennessee state bird, the Mockingbird 😊
Well helloo Curator Tori, Good Morning!! Thanks sooo much for sharing the Updates on All the Cubbies. You have a Wonderful afternoon. 😃🐻🐻🐻🐾🐾🐾🌲🌲🌲
Thank you Tori! Enjoy your weekend!
Wow!! Big spider! 😱
Someone is making the tire swing sway in the breeze
Loving the cool mornings and warm days 🥰
I'm coming to the Smokies in the middle of October.
Is there a good chance to see bears in Cades Cove?
Usually come in the Spring & see so many.
Fall I never seem to have as much luck?
Are they in the higher elevations foraging for nuts?
Follow the leader!
Like Flapjack, I also didn’t want to get up this morning 😁
So nice to see all the bears eat and grew bigger 💕🐻🥜🍐🍎💕
Thank you for providing all the food these little bears need to chonk-up for winter. That tree at the foot of the platform ladder seems to have sustained some serious damage from rampant cubby claws! 😳
Eat little cubbies, eat! 🙏🏻🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐾🐾
Like beagles,noses to the ground.
Lovely chubby cubs! Wish I had the hyperphagia excuse…I just like to forage in Fall…or Winter…or Spring..or…
Absolutely love this video of them! They all are looking so wonderful. Eat up sweeties! It won't be long & you'll be leaving us for a whole new adventure. We all want you to have the best start out there that you can have. Thank you ABR! 🐻❤️🍏🥜🍐🐻❤️
The precious little lost, injured, orphaned cubs are fast becoming BIG Little Bears!! Thank you ABR, UTCVS & TWRA for all you do for them!! <3 <3
Appalachian Bear Rescue how does the hard mast crop look in your area this year?
Reminds me of Thanksgiving in the human world. 10 times as many calories as usual.
They are all looking really good.
A little off topic, but I live in Central Florida and a female black bear decided to visit the house the mouse built. Disney shut down a portion of Magic Kingdom while FL FWC captured her. She is being relocated to Ocala about 90 minutes north.
It rained, so most of our cubs were in trees and in no hurry to come down. Except for the six cubs in WE #4. All of them are noses to the ground, nubbins in the air, foraging. We saw that rapscallion, Flapjack, munching on peanuts near Betsy Ross. You may recall he was caught on cam canoodling with Betsy’s sister, Martha Washington. The positioning of the cameras in WE #4 gives the cubs a lot more privacy, so we don’t know if he and Martha are still an item, but we do know he hasn’t put the moves on Betsy. At his age, we doubt he knows what “the moves” are. He isn’t aggressive with the sisters or competitive with the boys, so all is well for now.🐻👀
Raindrops glistening on Flapjack reminded us that black bears have two coats. The outer coat has long guard hairs that wick water away from the dense, warm inner coat. The outer coat thickens and grows until next spring when the bears will shed it to reveal their sleek summer coat. Usually, they shed the skin off their footpads during hibernation, emerging from the den with “new-soled shoes”. If you’re a bear, it’s an eminently practical way to dress; your fur coat grows with you, changes with the season, and you get a new pair of shoes every year. There’s no need for a closet or suitcase, and that makes traveling a breeze.🐻
Appalachian Bear Rescue was a finalist in the 2022 Defender Service Awards contest. With your help, the cubs WON a brand new Land Rover Defender 130 and $25,000. We are very grateful to Land Rover, Chase, and KONG! The 2023 Defender Service Awards voting started yesterday. Everyone can vote once each day in each of the six non-profit categories. The deserving non-profit finalists need your votes! Help the cubs PAY IT FORWARD! Please check out this year's finalists and vote every day through October 4th. Here's the link to vote: www.landroverusa.com/experiences/events-and-sponsorships/defender-service-awards/index.html?fbcli...
All of these cubbies are looking round, firm, and fully packed! Another great job ABR! 🙏🏻🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐾🐾
Fascinating about the fur coats and new shoes! I had no idea about paw shedding! I’m turning into enough of a bear expert that I can impress people at parties LOL
Love the daily updates!
Happy healthy cubs!
Getting so big.
Nice round burrito-esque nubbins! They are all looking amazing! Well done ABR!
They're all beautiful little bears. I still miss our Hartley. He made such a beautiful transformation!! <3
I love how healthy the bears are looking! Beautiful coats!
They are getting chunkier!! ❤️
Will all these cubs stay with you through winter?
Good looking cubbies!!
Lucky bears not having to shop for clothes or shoes! 😍😍😍
They all look so healthy & chonky thanks to the wonderful people at ABR. Thank you for all you do! 🐻🥰
Chunky and healthy cubbies!
The hilarity keeps on coming! Between all the ursine fashion advice and the canoodling, I keep falling off my chair laughing! 😁
Flapjack is a player! 🥰
Voted. I do hope you can put a reminder post daily.
Love seeing the babies everyday! They're growing up way too fast!!! 🙂
These cubs just don't know how lucky they are to have ABR to the rescue! What a great start to life they're getting! ❤
Wow, they are getting robust.
When do the calendars go on sale?
At Brooks Falls in Katmai Alaska they are having “Fat bear week “contest with all fans of their livestream videos voting !
I do believe your chubby cubby crew could also be candidates for this contest even though they are not brown bears !🐻
Appalachian Bear Rescue won a Land Rover Defender 130 in the 2022 Defender Service Awards contest. We are very grateful to Land Rover, Chase and KONG! We aren't competing this year, but we hope that everyone votes for very deserving non-profits. You can vote once each day in six different categories. Learn more about the great work the finalists are doing. VOTE each day through October 4th and help our Cubs PAY IT FORWARD!