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ABR Video Update-May 23, 2019

Evening Edition

Today, our cameras captured three of our yearlings together. Daffodil went off to forage, but Sweetie and Hartley hung around…that is until Sweetie told Hartley to get lost. Just a few minutes later, Sweetie changed her mind and approached Harley while he was soaking. She sat watching for a while, then walked away. Hartley followed.

Our mission with Hartley Bear is nearly over. His recovery has been nothing short of astounding and in this video, he gives us a glimpse of the handsome adult he’ll be one day.

Our five cubs and Iris Bear are doing well. We’ll feature them in tomorrow’s morning post.

Thank you for helping Hartley and our other eight residents get a second chance. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

www.appalachianbearrescue.org

*We post updates on our residents twice daily, Monday to Friday, morning and evening, and once daily on Saturday and Sunday.

youtu.be/gkFpJUOhUhcHartley, Sweetie, and Daffodil Bear are 16-month-old black bear yearlings. They’re residing in a Wild Enclosure until they’re ready for release back to the w...
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Hartley is a miracle bear...the result of the dedicated and compassionate miracle workers at ABR. His progress has been amazing to watch but just a few short months ago I would have never dreamed he'd be ready to go home so soon! 💗

So glad to see Sweetie, Daffodil and Hartley all together. Daffodil decided quickly she wanted no part of Hartley's harem. lol Sweetie puts our handsome Casanova in his place, then follows him. Wow! Hartley is a big boy and filled that tub up to the rim. Decided chasing Sweetie would be more fun. 😍🐻

I’m preparing myself for the next post... our mission with Hartley bear has ended...I’m going to miss that beautiful bear! I know he belongs in the wild and will thrive there! ABR you are amazing!!♥️🐻

Hartley is truly magnificent. It is hard to believe that just a few short months ago he was in such rough shape. ABR is truly doing heroic work for these beloved bears.

Hartley is such a goofy bear, sitting in the drinking tub when he could be in the pool! 😍Just trying to get Sweetie's attention I think. I'm sure the next post I see will begin with those bittersweet words, "Today our mission with Hartley Bear is over..." He is so big and so healthy and I'm so happy for him to be returning home but will miss him for a long time. 💖

I’m so happy for Hartley! Soon he will be coming back to Kentucky so he can become the 🐻 that he was meant to be! Thank you ABR so much for your dedication and love for our beloved bears

Love the video, such a wonder to watch these wild animals grow and interact with each other. You have Blessed us and them by all you’ve done.❤️😊

Hartley is certainly a handsome bear, hard to believe that’s the same bear that came in. Sweetie needs a good brushing!!

Kentucky will be getting back their handsome and healthy Hartley! Thanks ABR!

Release day is always so bittersweet for me...I'm thrilled that they get to be wild bears again, but sad because I will miss them. Hartley was is such bad shape, it's thrilling to see him so healthy.

Aw! I’m so happy that they are all growing and thriving, but I’m going to be heartbroken when he is released. I can’t imagine how hard it is for you all to set them free and hope for the best. I know their instincts will take over and they will be happy in the wild where they belong, but selfishly I want them all protected at ABR forever. 💔

I do think sweetie bear is warming up to handsome Hartley!! I know I'm gonna ball like a baby the day Hartley is released back into the wild. Even though I know it's best for him and pray he has such a wonderful life. He's had an amazing transformation and ABR are absolute miracle workers in my eyes. Thank you ABR for everything you do for these bears!! But I do have one question. After Hartley is released will y'all be able to keep tabs on him somehow to see how he's adapting to his new surroundings?

❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️🐻 this is beautiful! I love seeing them together. Hartley sure is a ladies man 😂

I'm having a private welcome back home to Kentucky celebration for Hartley. Thanks ABR!!!

Thank you ABR for making my night needed that after the day I had a bit of a sad day, but there are there are those words are time with Hartley

Hartley has grown into such a strong handsome fella!!!!! Love him!! ❤️🖤❤️🖤

Handsome Hartley, sweeter than sweet Sweetie Bear...sigh...just not meant to be. 😊

Hartley has the most beautiful coat! Handsome bear. He definitely likes Sweetie!

Hartley bear is just a beautiful boy now ❤🐻 its nice seeing them all getting along...its always bitter sweet when a bear is release back to the wild...but that's where they belong and without ABR they wouldn't have gotten that chance...Thank you for the video and our evening update..they're always appreciated ❤..Have a good night 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

I am amazed at how handsome Hartley is. He healed nicely. ❤️

I know you can only take in bears (up to a certain age(2) i think) but is there Anywhere that takes in/helps Adults? God forbid Hartley (or any others) went downhill out there in the next few months..do they have any chance of being picked up again? ( im thinking they might see the ear tags and through records would know the age) I think i already know the answer so its ok to skip this question..Dear God, give them all nourishment, safety and happiness for years to come <3

I am happy they are friends, makes life much more pleasant, and less lonely. They will miss each other! I only hope they will never go hungry again!

This video is awesome! Happy we could get so close! ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Love how Hartley swats Sweetie whilst he is enjoying his own jacuzzi! She then mooches off and says ‘ok blow you I dont want to join you anyway!’

Sweetie is so small compared to Hartley! She needs to grow into her ears. 😊 Love all of their physics interactions. I still wonder if Hartley is a year older. Poor Daffodil doesn’t look happy or settled with her pacing back & forth

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ABR Video Update-May 23, 2019

Morning Edition

We hope you enjoy watching this short video of our five cubs recorded yesterday after they sampled their birthday “cake”. The video is best viewed in full screen and may require multiple viewings to keep track of what each cub is doing. This is the first time we’ve had five cubs since the security cameras were installed. We never realized how much energy little bears can release. They rarely stop moving. 🙂

Our yearlings are well and we’ll report on them in this evening’s post. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

*We post updates on our residents twice daily, Monday to Friday, morning and evening, and once daily on Saturday and Sunday.

youtu.be/PQ9fj3O70ZQWe hope you enjoy watching this short video of our five cubs. The video is best viewed in full screen and may require multiple viewings to keep track of what...
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It is so amazing to se all five cubs so full of energy, playing and having so much fun. It fills my heart ful if joy. The are so cutex and funny 😃💕💞!

Love this video they all were in true form loved the one climbing up the fence and under the tarp never a dull moment this video was the best part of my morning these sweet and silly cubs could make anyone’s day better just by watching them love them💕🐻

Thank you for this wonderful video. It gives me such respect for all Mama bears 😊 thank you for rescuing these precious rascals and sharing them with us ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻❤️

This makes my ❤️ sooo happy! Thank you, ABR, for making these adorable cubby shenanigans possible!!!

Oh my goodness!! How fun to watch them. They are non-stop!! Only if we could have a tiny bit of that energy!! Thank you ABR!!❤❤❤😂🌻

Thank you for letting us see these little Cubs doing what they to best ,having fun . Sure have more Energie to spend filling theire Day on all that wild play . But theire happy and healthy that's thanks to you ABR. We are grateful that your there for them .

OMG Major cuteness overload times 5. Thank you for sharing this video, they are absolutely precious. You curators are amazing with your abilities to help this bears.

Busy,busy babies God Bless momma bears every where 🐻...thanks for the laugh this morning...thank you for taking such good care of all the cubs that come to ABR getting them ready to get back to the wild ❤👍

Those little baby cubs are the very ones that had to be bottle feed 24 hours a day and look at them now. So thankful for ABR for saving these precious little cubs! They do not have a care in the world, totally happy babies.

Well cubbies sure hope you enjoyed your Birthday cake, love watching you cubbies playing with each other, just too cute and adorable. Soo Boudreaux, Beignet, Hucklebeary, Bluebeary, Blackbeary Happy 4 mos Birthday Cubbies. 🥰🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾💙💛💞💚

So much energy and fun. The video definitely needs multiple viewings...which is no hardship! Love these cubs!

What a pleasure to start my day with this video! Love watching them roll around in a ball together! Amazing how they like to climb the fence! ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

This video has made my day. They are just little energizer cubbies. So sweet and funny to watch. Thank you.

Love the video & thanks for showing the sweet cubbies.

So much fun watching cute little fur balls with round bellies in perpetual motion 😂😂😂❤️🥰🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🌪💨☄️💥

Omg cuteness overload! 🖤 Those cubby bears are just too presh standing on those lil back legs 😂 love it! So healthy and happy...good baby cub bears! 😘🥰 🐻

Thank you for sharing your great videos. I love watching these little guys play.

Oh my goodness! What an energetic bunch. I just looked up what a group of bears is called - a Sleuth! So this is a Sleuth of Cubbies!

They are so curious. It seems that Blackberry is very analytical and cautious. They are so much fun to watch, I can’t wait to see them in a WE. That poor Acclimation Pen 😂🤪😂🤪😂.

Rolly polly fun loving little bundles of fur! Love the video! Thnx so much for sharing! ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

And to think ....left on their own they probably would not be here now. God is great and you guys are too. Thank you for taking such good care of them.

Perpetual motion! A mama bear would be pulling her fur out if she had to deal with those 5! Enjoyed watching them so much! ❤️🐻

This is so much fun... even after a bad day I am SMILING!!!!

Oh my! Going to take a nap now as they wore me out! 🙂 So glad they have each other to learn and develop skills they'll need in the great outdoors. 💙🐻💙🐻💙🐻💙🐻💙🐻💙

Can’t thank everyone enough for caring for God’s creatures.They are stress releasing for me.

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Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

Today is Cubby Birthday: the four yearlings are 16 months old and our five cubs are four months old. To mark the occasion, ABR Executive Director, Dana Dodd, slaved over a cold fridge to produce a special birthday treat for the cubs: frozen bear milk replacement formula with grapes and berries, elegantly presented by Curator David. He served the “birthday cake” and waited at the cameras, ready to record the moment the guests arrived…only they didn’t.

It’s been a hot day, but that didn’t prevent the cubs from wreaking their customary and all-encompassing havoc until the EXACT moment the frozen cake was served. They went for a nap. A long one. When they deigned to show up, they were very late and the cake had been left out too long…rather like the one in the song “MacArthur Park”. We’ve never understood that song but now we’d bet it’s about bear cubs who didn’t bother showing up for their birthday cake either. 🤔

The cubs entered in one’s and two’s, raked through the birthday offerings, ate some, wore more, and left. We waited at the camera, thinking they’d be back, but then switched to the Acclimation Pen to witness the riotous cubby after party…to which we were not invited.

Our yearlings are well, having spent most of this very hot day resting. Iris enjoyed her birthday treats and Hartley, Sweetie and Daffodil will be down to forage after dark.

Thank you for helping our five cubs and four yearlings get a second chance at life in the wild. 🎂🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

www.appalachianbearrescue.org

*We post updates on our residents twice daily, Monday to Friday, morning and evening, and once daily on Saturday and Sunday.Evening Edition

Today is Cubby Birthday: the four yearlings are 16 months old and our five cubs are four months old. To mark the occasion, ABR Executive Director, Dana Dodd, slaved over a cold fridge to produce a special birthday treat for the cubs: frozen bear milk replacement formula with grapes and berries, elegantly presented by Curator David. He served the “birthday cake” and waited at the cameras, ready to record the moment the guests arrived…only they didn’t.

It’s been a hot day, but that didn’t prevent the cubs from wreaking their customary and all-encompassing havoc until the EXACT moment the frozen cake was served. They went for a nap. A long one. When they deigned to show up, they were very late and the cake had been left out too long…rather like the one in the song “MacArthur Park”. We’ve never understood that song but now we’d bet it’s about bear cubs who didn’t bother showing up for their birthday cake either. 🤔

The cubs entered in one’s and two’s, raked through the birthday offerings, ate some, wore more, and left. We waited at the camera, thinking they’d be back, but then switched to the Acclimation Pen to witness the riotous cubby after party…to which we were not invited.

Our yearlings are well, having spent most of this very hot day resting. Iris enjoyed her birthday treats and Hartley, Sweetie and Daffodil will be down to forage after dark.

Thank you for helping our five cubs and four yearlings get a second chance at life in the wild. 🎂🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

www.appalachianbearrescue.org

*We post updates on our residents twice daily, Monday to Friday, morning and evening, and once daily on Saturday and Sunday.
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Happy Birthday to all the precious cubbies! ❤️🎂🐻

We appreciate Dana's beautiful gift for the cubbies even if they snoozed. Happy birthday babies!! 🎂🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻❤

Such a work of love....and quite beautiful. Cubbies are incorrigible...just being cubbies...I love this update. Thank you for so much love poured out on these little fur balls.

Love those little guys!! Lovely birthday cake.

Happy birthday gorgeous bears! 😍⭐️

The birthday cake looks great! Happy birthday bears!!!

Happy birthday to all the 🐻 🐻 🐻 everywhere! Hope you had a fun day! Good night all!

Beautiful Cake ❣ and yes, Happy Birthday silly lil bears 🖤

Happy birthday,the birthday cake looks really good 🎂🍯

Happy Birthday sweet bears!!!! Can you bring back the Cubby Wine???? It was the best.

These little bears are absolutely the most awesome cubs!!! Soooooo adorable and so much fun to hear about their escapades. Love, love , love them!!!!! 💕💕💕💕💕🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Happy Birthday to all the cubbies ❤️🎂

Aww! It was such a beautiful cake too! ❤️🤣

Your so funny, and bears will bears will be bears. You give Them so Much love and we love you right back Thank you.🙌🙌🙌❤️

And a lovely cake it was

Happy Birthday Little Bears!

It was a beautiful “cake”! A++ for effort & intention!

Happy Birthday sweet little bears

Happy Birthday to The Wrecking Crew and to our wonderful yearlings. Dana you did an amazing job on the Cubby birthday “cake”! Too bad the honored guests were late to their own party!! I can understand why the cubs and yearlings are napping a lot right now. This weather is getting brutal and we’re not even officially into summer yet! I can’t imagine wearing a fur coat all the time right now! 🐻❤️🐻💗🙏🏻🙏🏻

Party animals! Such good atories. Thank you for the bears’ cake.

Thanks for trying so hard!! We all appreciate it, in our own ways! Spoiled darling brats..

Well, the birthday treat was appreciated by FB friends. Well done Director Dodd and Curator David.

Happy Birthday to those precious creatures!

That is one beautiful birthday cake. Silly Cubs. I love the way you describe them. I have their antics pictured in my mind. I think the way you describe them playing--murdering one another-- is a hoot. I absolutely love this site. When I say you make my day--you really make my day. Thank you billions and trillions and a gazillion times over to the power of ten.

Too bad we can't bottle up all that cubby energy 😂😂. Hoping all had a great 16 month, 4 month (respectively) birthday. Here's to a great Thursday. Goodnight and sweet dreams Hartley, Beignet, Boudreaux, Sweetie, Daffodil, Bluebeary, Blackbeary, Hucklebeary, and Iris. 💙💙💙💙💜💜💜💜💜 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻 💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾

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1 day ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

Appalachian Bear Rescue chose January 22 as the “official” birthdate for all bears who come to us because it falls roughly mid-way in the range of possible birthdates. Today, Blackbeary, Bluebeary, Hucklebeary, Boudreaux and Beignet Bear are four months old and our yearlings, Hartley, Sweetie, Daffodil and Iris Bear are 16 months old.

We consider every Cubby Birthday a milestone, but for our yearlings today is very special. This is the age when yearlings naturally separate from their mothers during bear family break-up. We don’t know why our four bears separated from their mothers so early, but they’ve made it to the same age as their contemporaries in the wild who are just beginning life on their own.

Hartley and Sweetie are sharing a tree, and Daffodil has the resting platform to herself. Trying to take a picture of our five cubs is like trying to photograph individual snowflakes in a storm; they’re never still. Finally, we waited until all five were generally in the same room and just snapped. They are a chaotic bunch!

And to make this special day extra special, your generous donations to our Peanut Appeal arrived. We can’t thank you enough for helping our nine bears reach this birthday. With your help, we hope to make them big enough and strong enough to see many more…in the wild where they belong. Thank you.❤️🎂🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

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*We post updates on our residents twice daily, Monday to Friday, morning and evening, and once daily on Saturday and Sunday.Morning Edition

Appalachian Bear Rescue chose January 22 as the “official” birthdate for all bears who come to us because it falls roughly mid-way in the range of possible birthdates. Today, Blackbeary, Bluebeary, Hucklebeary, Boudreaux and Beignet Bear are four months old and our yearlings, Hartley, Sweetie, Daffodil and Iris Bear are 16 months old.

We consider every Cubby Birthday a milestone, but for our yearlings today is very special. This is the age when yearlings naturally separate from their mothers during bear family break-up. We don’t know why our four bears separated from their mothers so early, but they’ve made it to the same age as their contemporaries in the wild who are just beginning life on their own.

Hartley and Sweetie are sharing a tree, and Daffodil has the resting platform to herself. Trying to take a picture of our five cubs is like trying to photograph individual snowflakes in a storm; they’re never still. Finally, we waited until all five were generally in the same room and just snapped. They are a chaotic bunch!

And to make this special day extra special, your generous donations to our Peanut Appeal arrived. We can’t thank you enough for helping our nine bears reach this birthday. With your help, we hope to make them big enough and strong enough to see many more…in the wild where they belong. Thank you.❤️🎂🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

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

*We post updates on our residents twice daily, Monday to Friday, morning and evening, and once daily on Saturday and Sunday.
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Happy birthday cubbies ❤️🐻

Happy Birthday to Hartley Sweetie and Daffodil and all the cubs!! 🎂🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🎂

Happy Birthday ABR Bears and Cubs! Wishing you many more birthdays in the wild. 🥳🐻🍇🍎🍐🍓🎂🎉🎊🧸

Happy birthday to the yearlings and cubbies! Thank you ABR for helping yo get these beautiful guys and gals to this milestone. 💙🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻💙

These lighthearted birthday wishes belie the serious concerns that accompanied these bears’ arrivals at ABR. They are SO much IMPROVED, and it’s such a joy to watch & hear their stories.

Thanks to you ABR these beautiful bears, big and small, can celebrate another milestone in their lives. 💝💝💝

Happy Birthday to all the Cubbies !!!! Thank you ABR for taking such great care of these precious bears ! Without you we wouldn't be seeing all the antics of the bears ! We've learned so much and have enjoyed this journey !😘😘🐻🐻💕💕

Happy birthday to the cubs ❤🐻

All these Bears Celebrating Birthdays because some wonderful people came together to make their vision to rescue bears and get them healthy enough to release back to their habitats. Well Done ABR! Thanks to everyone who donates to keep their mission going. 💕🐻💕

Happy Birthday to the cubbies and yearlings! Also, Happy Birthday to Finnegan! May all of you celebrate many, many more!

Happy Birthday, Cubbies and my favorite yearlings! I celebrate your lives with Thanksgiving, and constant hope that you will celebrate many more! Thank you, ABR, for the lives you've renewed and saved...You all are truly God's gifts....

Happy Beary Birthday Cubbies & Yearlings...🍏🍎🍐🍉🍇🍍🎂🍨

Loved the sweet photos of our birthday bears!!!! <3

Happy, happy birthday to all of the bears!!!💙💙💙❤❤❤🎂🎂🎂🐻🐻🐻

Yay! Happy Cubby Birthday, Cubbies!!!! ,,🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖

Happy birthday to all the amazing bears 🎈🎋. It is so interesting and entertaining to follow them all. Thanks to you ABR 😃❤!

Happy Birthday cubbies and yearlings ❤️🐻❤️

Happy Birthday to the bears. Thank you for caring for each and ever one of them. I enjoy seeing all the posts.

Happy Birthday little bears. Hope you're having a great day keeping the curators on their toes.

Happy Birthday to all the yearlings and cubs! 🎉🎊🎈🎂🐻 Special thanks to all the wonderful caring people at UT and ABR. If it weren’t for you these special bears wouldn’t be thriving so well. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻💙

Happy birthday to all the cubs, especially my sweet adoptees, Sweetie Bear and Daffodil. I have enjoyed every day spent with them.

Fantastic result of your donation appeal. So pleased for the bears 😀

Happy Birthday, Cubs! Enjoy the munchies!

Happy Birthday sweet bears🥰 Thank you ABR for taking such good care of them and for sharing with us😊

Happy birthday 🎂❤️🥜🍇 cubbies 🐻 Hartley is a beauty 💕

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

As you know, the Appalachian Bear Rescue is licensed by the TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency). Today, Officers Cook and Sexton stopped by the facility to do the annual inspection. They looked at every building, every fence, and every enclosure and we’re pleased to announce we passed with flying colors. Our curators, board members, and volunteers work very hard to keep everything ship-shape and should be proud of all they accomplish under pressure.

While the inspection was in progress, Hartley, Sweetie, and Daffodil got one whiff of unfamiliar scents and took to the trees. Actually, they all went upon one tree and rested in it until they felt safe to come down. They’ve figured out how to coexist. The officers didn’t tarry longer than needed so as not to disturb the bears too much. Daffodil slept through the whole event.

Our Five Cubs ran up to the resting platform and were actually still for about five minutes... then resumed their mission to destroy the world as we know it.

Our new Facebook friends may not know how we release a resident when it’s time for it to go home. Immobilizing a bear in a Wild Enclosure is too risky; we don’t know how a bear will react to immobilization and we don’t want it to climb a tree and pass out 30 feet above the ground. Our “passive capture” protocol is safer and less stressful for both bear and curator.

The curators raise the gate of The Acclimation Pen in the Wild Enclosure and place tasty treats to lure the bear within. Then they wait. It can take a few hours or as in the case of Milo Bear, 55 days. (Bless that “other bear”. He will always be with us!❤️🐻) Once the bear is inside the Acclimation Pen, the curator lowers the gate and the wildlife officer can immobilize the bear with a jab pole. It’s quick and safe. In the confined quarters of the Acclimation Pen, the curators can monitor the bear for adverse reaction to the immobilization drug and intervene if necessary, something they couldn’t do if the bear was outside in a Wild Enclosure.

The curators and wildlife officers carry the bear up to the Release Staging Area to weigh, tag and take final measurements. They work as quickly as possible and place the bear in a transport carrier. All bear residents must be fully conscious before they leave the facility for their return to the wild.

Acclimation Pen #3 is open to receive Hartley Bear. He may accept our invitation to leave or he might break Milo’s record. We really, really, REALLY hope he doesn’t.🤞

Thank you for helping our five cubs and four yearlings get a second chance at life in the wild. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

www.appalachianbearrescue.org

*We post updates on our residents twice daily, Monday to Friday, morning and evening, and once daily on Saturday and Sunday.Evening Edition

As you know, the Appalachian Bear Rescue is licensed by the TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency). Today, Officers Cook and Sexton stopped by the facility to do the annual inspection. They looked at every building, every fence, and every enclosure and we’re pleased to announce we passed with flying colors. Our curators, board members, and volunteers work very hard to keep everything ship-shape and should be proud of all they accomplish under pressure.

While the inspection was in progress, Hartley, Sweetie, and Daffodil got one whiff of unfamiliar scents and took to the trees. Actually, they all went upon one tree and rested in it until they felt safe to come down. They’ve figured out how to coexist. The officers didn’t tarry longer than needed so as not to disturb the bears too much. Daffodil slept through the whole event.

Our Five Cubs ran up to the resting platform and were actually still for about five minutes... then resumed their mission to destroy the world as we know it.

Our new Facebook friends may not know how we release a resident when it’s time for it to go home. Immobilizing a bear in a Wild Enclosure is too risky; we don’t know how a bear will react to immobilization and we don’t want it to climb a tree and pass out 30 feet above the ground. Our “passive capture” protocol is safer and less stressful for both bear and curator.

The curators raise the gate of The Acclimation Pen in the Wild Enclosure and place tasty treats to lure the bear within. Then they wait. It can take a few hours or as in the case of Milo Bear, 55 days. (Bless that “other bear”. He will always be with us!❤️🐻) Once the bear is inside the Acclimation Pen, the curator lowers the gate and the wildlife officer can immobilize the bear with a jab pole. It’s quick and safe. In the confined quarters of the Acclimation Pen, the curators can monitor the bear for adverse reaction to the immobilization drug and intervene if necessary, something they couldn’t do if the bear was outside in a Wild Enclosure.

The curators and wildlife officers carry the bear up to the Release Staging Area to weigh, tag and take final measurements. They work as quickly as possible and place the bear in a transport carrier. All bear residents must be fully conscious before they leave the facility for their return to the wild.

Acclimation Pen #3 is open to receive Hartley Bear. He may accept our invitation to leave or he might break Milo’s record. We really, really, REALLY hope he doesn’t.🤞

Thank you for helping our five cubs and four yearlings get a second chance at life in the wild. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

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❤️ Hartley Bear......even bald I knew he was a special bear! I pray he has a safe journey back to Kentucky and a very happy bear life! He’s amazing after all he’s been through! Also.....happy for ABR for an awesome inspection! You guys are the best!

Oh sweet Hartley Bear, I am going to miss your handsome face, excellent swimming technique and your wooing of the girls. You’ve come a long way from that pitiful, naked, scraggly bear, that I wasn’t sure would make it through each night. You are one of ABR and UTV ‘s 2019 Miracle bears and will forever be in my heart. You’re going to love going home...😘🐻

So happy about the inspection, but sad to know that Hartley’s time is coming to an end at ABR. I love that sweet bear and all his amorous antics. He has been through so much in his short life and has come out a winner. His presence in the daily posts will be greatly missed. As one of his adopted moms, I pray that his next journey will be a safe one and he will find a life with lots of food for his tummy and a girl bear that will appreciate his handsome self. Love you, Hartley Bear!🐻❤️💓

I’m happy our beautiful Hartley will be coming home soon to Kentucky. It seems like such a short time ago that might not happen. I will miss seeing this handsome boy in your posts but knowing he is healthy and free warms my heart. Again thank you ABR for taking care of our Kentucky bear. 💙🐻

I know it’s time for Hartley to leave I enjoyed watching him grow into the handsome bear he is today Congratulations to ABR for saving another 🐻

Were going to miss you Hartley Bear! Such a sweet boy and an amazing recovery!! So excited for him to get to one back home to KY!! 🐻 ♥️ I still cry every time one gets to go back to the wild, but it’s tears of joy!!

This is always a bittersweet moment, when a bear gets released back. Of course that’s what all the hard work is for, but with all the unknowns of what awaits him or her, it’s kind of nerve wracking. And then we miss them in the posts! I have to remind myself they are returning to a life God intended for them to have, and rejoice in the fact that ABR was there to help when they most needed it. It was your help that’s making this moment even possible. It’s an amazing job you folks do, and your followers truly thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

I’m so excited for Hartley!! It didn’t seem likely that he would return to the wild at all, much less in such a short time. He is a beautiful bear. Thank You ABR for working so hard to save that tiny bare bear! He is another testament of your dedication. 🤞Fingers crossed he takes the hint and goes into the pen🤞

Oh this just made my heart a little sad 😢. I am so happy that Hartley has made such a great recovery but boy am I going to miss seeing this absolutely handsome guy. Who would have thought he would look like he does now. Thank you ABR for making this possible.

So happy for you sweet Hartley you are one lucky bear to have had such a wonderful place and great people to take care of you your transformation is truly amazing my wish for you for a long and happy bear life thanks so much to everyone at ABR and at UT for giving this sweet boy a second chance💕🐻

Hartley you will forever be in our heart. We will miss your happy face. We hope you enjoy your new world and live a long and wonderful life. Thank you ABR for believing in Hartley and taking such great care of all who come thru you door. You guys ROCK!!!!!

thank you so much for all you do for 'our' bears...and congratulations on passing with flying colors.....I know you do ALL you can to keep 'our' bears happy and well cared for in a very wonderful way...THANK YOU

I’m so happy for Hartley but will so miss him!! 💕

Congrats on passing inspection. And so very happy/sad for Hartley he has come such a long way in so short a time. He is an amazing little boy, all you at ABR are so awesome for what you do Thank you all

Sad to see Hartley Bear go, but it's time for him go back were he belongs. Running free and Happy! He's a Handsome 🐻 now!! All of you Curators have done a Great job at rehabilitating him for a Second change at life. Thank you for your dedication to save these magnificent animals.

I'm happy for Hartley! Who could have imagined in a little over 3 short months he would be ready to go back to the wild. I will surely miss Hartley. He's so lucky to have the great staff at ABR. So glad all the other bears are doing well. Good night and rest well. ❤🐻💜

Bless that “other Bear”! Oh Milo... Hartley Bear has turned into quite the handsome fellow. I’m sure Sweetie and Daffodil will miss him, not... Love that quintet and their antics! I’m sure the saplings will be murderalized properly when they get to a wild enclosure.

God Bless Milo we all loved him I hope he's doing well.....Hartley bear has come a long way and is such a beautiful yearling...I'll miss him as will so many others its hard not to get attached to them....ABR is a wonderful place so its no wonder you passed inspection with flying colors 👍...thank you for our evening update...have a good night🌛🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻❤

❤️❤️I am so happy and sad about Hartley! Sure will miss seeing him but I am praising God he brought Hartley to the right place.

I’m so happy that y’all got such a great inspection, but it’s not really a surprise. You seem like the type that takes great pride in all you do! Thanks for taking such good care of all the Bears especially Mr Hartley! I’m going to miss seeing that handsome face, but so happy that he will truly be free! Prayers for a safe journey and a happy and healthy life for him!

I first began following ABR during Hartley bear's beginnings with you. I have so enjoyed watching his amazing recovery, along with the other sweet bears who have come under your watch. ABR, you do such excellent work of caring for these little bears. Thank you!

And Hartley Bear...who would have guessed he recovered so quickly and is now ready for release....hoping he has a very wonderful life back in Kentucky where he can, hopefully, find the 'girl of his dreams' 🙂

I adopted sweet Hartley and I hate to see him go, but he has done well. I pray he enjoys his home in Kentucky and lives a long happy life. Prayers for my sweet baby.

Oh Hartley bear can’t believe you’re leaving already! I can still see that hairless face when you arrived. You’re a beautiful bear now. Have a happy healthy life now 🐻❤️

I started following because of Hartley bear....and have totally been awed by his recovery. It will be bittersweet to see him go! You all do great work. Thank you for taking such good care of the bears 🐻

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