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23 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

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You have taught us so much about black bears...this is just wonderful..thank you Janet

You have definitely given us a new respect and love for the yearlings πŸ₯°

Hi Janet. Just getting here. Is Jessamine ready for adoption yet? She was found about an hour from me so she needs to be mine! ❀️🐻❀️

Even tho they are loners, they still greatly enjoy each other’s company

Daryl mentioned Hartley and his quest to romance Sweetie.

The bowls are empty, but there are still some very delicious bear diet pellets in Room 1 along the wall.

It is so nice to see her so active after all she has been through 😊

I love all the bears, but I sure do miss Hartley.

Where are the very delicious bear diet pellets?

Those are such great books I just finished reading both of them!!

They are going to be so happy with all the extra space.

Wow they feel safe with each other to lay on their backs like that

They are like the Keystone Cops chasing each other around. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I remember when you were holding the Bs in your hand to feed them! Amazing transformation

By the way, I love my picture of Hartley. I was guessing about 20 years

Blackbeary needs to show her what to do with the swingy ball. πŸ˜‚

I can't wait to see their reaction to the enclosure and real trees!

People come here to see the bears and sometimes end up doing them the most harm 😒

Their getting crowded out so people can make money. It is sad.

Lovely idea putting tree limbs in for them!! Yay interns!!!

This just proves how sorry we need to feel for momma bears with multiple cubbies. πŸ’™πŸ»πŸ’™πŸ»πŸ’™

They look so happy...love what you do for these little guys!

When I was a kid we would go to Peigion Forge and see bears in a concrete hole and now I think just how bad that life was for the bear.

They party of 5 should have their own TV show. They are a blast to watch

Special ramp built in acclimation pen due to one female cub that wouldn’t try previous access to upper level. Are you going to keep it that way? Seems like good place to play & exercise.

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

In keeping with the theme of our morning edition, parents of human cubs will be sure to sympathize with our dilemma: how to get your cubs to eat what’s good for them? The Party of Five loves berries, grapes, apples, pears, cherries, even lettuce, all very good, healthy food. However, the bear diet pellets, made just for bears (it says so on the label) are packed with the nutrients they need for strong bones and thick fur. Of course, the cubs relegated the pellets to dead last on their menu, the broccoli of the cubby world. They run over them, sit on them, wrestle in them, and love to dump them on the floor. The curators supply them with lots of the foods they like, but for between-meal snacks and overnight munchies, the cubs must eat bear pellets. And they do. Our Cub House, our rules.

To confuse us more than we are, Dandelion and Bentley eat the bear diet pellets first, then have cherries, lettuce and applesauce. If we were real bear parents instead of furless human substitutes, we could hold the Polk County Twins as an example and shame The Party of Five into eating what’s good for them.

Jessamine Bear had a very good day. She loves her swingy ball and took some branches to play with on her bed. She’s eating well…including Bear Diet Pellets. Are you listening, Party of Five? Jessamine eats her pellets. Good Bear!

We saw Daffodil, Sweetie and Iris foraging and playing together. They seemed relaxed and content. Yearlings don’t need other yearlings as much as cubs need other cubs, nevertheless, it made us happy to see them.

We’re touched by your generous response to our Chubby Cubby Campaign Fundraiser. Keeping eleven bears supplied with fresh food and bear diet pellets (whether they like them or not) is expensive. Thank you for helping us help them. ❀️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻


*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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Thank you so much for not only taking such good care of these wonderful creatures but taking care of us human folk as well. I’ve been going through a rough patch in my life (as I know we all do, human and bear alike from time to time) and these twice-daily posts bring me some much needed joy.

Lol.........kids! Whatcha gonna do with 'em??? I love this post! Your commentary is hilarious! Thank you for taking such great care of all the bears, ABR! God bless you!

The very delicious bear pellets, I'm thinking are not so delish. Love them being compared to broccoli.

There simply are no words to describe the joy that reading these posts bring to me each day....twice a day. It's not just that they're informative (bear pellets) but they are truly humorous and very entertaining (berries, grapes, apples, pears, cherries, even lettuce). I have asked before and would truly like to learn who to thank for these messages. Which one of you is the creative heart of these updates? You start and end my day with a laugh. Thank you.

Naughty little Party of Five! I love the posts and kudos to whomever is the writer....all of these little bears and their shenanigans make for great stories!

Great care at the BnB. Have a great weekend πŸ™πŸ»β€οΈ

Thank you for another entertaining and informative update on all of the fur children, although I’m afraid I’m going to have nightmares about Bear diet pellets!!! Wishing a good (peaceful) night for all! 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»

Love these post and the work being done to save these precious furry babies ❀️

This is one of the funniest updates I've read. What a great and creative read this was. Praying about the "Finicky Five" and their needed attraction to bear pellets!! πŸ˜€πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»β˜Ί

I love this writing. So amusing 🀣🀣. Boudreaux eating bear diet pellets may be all you need to get the others to do it too because what one does usually ends up with all 5 doing it. Have a great evening and a good night curators, Boudreaux, Beignet, Sweetie, Daffodil, Bluebeary, Blackbeary, Hucklebeary, Iris, Dandelion, Bentley, and Jessamine. πŸ’™πŸ»πŸΎπŸ’€ πŸ’™πŸ»πŸΎπŸ’€ πŸ’™πŸ»πŸΎπŸ’€. πŸ’™πŸ»πŸΎπŸ’€ πŸ’œπŸ»πŸΎπŸ’€. πŸ’œπŸ»πŸΎπŸ’€ πŸ’œπŸ»πŸΎπŸ’€. πŸ’œπŸ»πŸΎπŸ’€ πŸ’œπŸ»πŸΎπŸ’€. πŸ’œπŸ»πŸΎπŸ’€ πŸ’œπŸ»πŸΎπŸ’€

I am so glad I was able to contribute to the Chubby Cubby Fund so there will be LOTS of very delicious bear diet pellets f'or everyone.! Be good little cubbies Party of Five and EAT them Up so my feelings are't hurt by your snubbing my gift !πŸ˜‚πŸ»

Great humorous writing! Are these wonderful creative submissions from Curator Janet???

Thank you so much for the laugh tonight! Love these bears!

You've convinced me that the bear diet pellets are totally delicious, what a shame the Party of Five can't be so easily convinced. πŸ˜‚ "Our Cub House, our rules" - LOL. Laughed so much reading this post! 😍😍😍

Your evening edition again makes my day, my breakfast edition. Thanks for your wonderful texts and pics!!!!

Are the bear diet pellets very delicious??? Lol

Once again, thanks for making us smile. 😍😘🐻❀️

Gosh! I can’t recall hearing you tell us that any bear, much less THREE bears, actually eagerly munch down on the bear diet pellets! 😱 Hurray the Polk twins & Jessamine! Congratulations on another wildly successful fundraiser! πŸ‘ ABR fan are th best! πŸ€—

So happy to read that all wonderful bears are doing so well, even if the the Party if five does'nt like the bear pellets πŸ’žπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ˜€! Nice that the yearling girls like to spend time together πŸ’–!

The commentary truly is superb! The 5 cubbies may like living there so much you have to push them out! They're truly a mess! ❀️. Glad all are doing well!

Kudos to whomever wrote this up! I love your sense of humor.

Poor delicious Mazzouri bear pellets being shunned by those four rowdy cubbies! They will adore you in time!

Just like trying to get a Human Toddler or child to eat what's good for them. Good Luck!

Glad all are doing well and it was nice to see the big girls today playing and getting along now if only some cubs we won’t mention any names would eat their bear pellets like some other good cubs do all would be good in bear world!!!πŸ’•πŸ»πŸΎ

The party of 5 is going to keep their curators on their toes all summer! Someone should write a story book for children about them! Great pictures today. ❀️🐻

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

True to form, our yearlings, Daffodil, Sweetie, and Iris, spent yesterday foraging in the undergrowth and returned to the resting platform to spend the night, each on her own section. Thanks to the dense undergrowth, what they do during the day is invisible to us, but we imagine they forage, rest on daybeds and perhaps play a little. In essence, they’re pre-teens, and as long as they appear healthy and don’t have boys over, they may do as they wish.

Not so for our eight cubs, who we monitor 24/7 via the security cams. We are, for better or worse, in β€œloco parentis” (in the place of a parent), and must guard these little bears as they raise themselves. Luckily, they were born knowing how to be bears and all we can do is give them food, shelter, time, and stay out of their way. The Party of Five is nearly ready for the next step on their journey back to the wild: release to a Wild Enclosure. Once they’re outside, they’re on their own and will have to learn to handle tall trees, pesky crows, monster frogs and food that doesn’t arrive in bowls. It will be a big day for them, for us, and for you, their Facebook β€œparents”.

Bentley, Dandelion, and Jessamine won’t be going outside for a while. Dandelion is still small for her age and the curator doesn’t want to stress her by introducing her to a much larger cub just yet. Jessamine had two siblings, so it would benefit her to meet two cubs rather than five rowdy hooligans who we will not name.

Being β€œin place of a parent” comes with the same worry as real parents. We can’t speak β€œbear”, so we can’t ask our cubs what they’d like or explain what we’re doing and why. Like all parents, we do our best…and hope. 🀞

Thank you for helping our eleven bears get a second chance at life in the wild.❀️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

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I love this report! And I'm in love with my bears...as a parent, that is! 😊 Thank you for all you do to keep all these little bears safe and secure. What would our world be like without the five hooligans???🀣🀣

Thank you to the person who takes the time to write these daily posts. Not only are they packed with laughs but they are also informative. I appreciate all that the ABR does, but sometime the posts are too funny!

Thank you for this update on all of your residents. For the girls' sake, I guess it's just as well Hartley Bear isn't there to invite himself over. I do hope he is safe and well wherever he is. πŸ’– While you can't speak "bear" you certainly know how to "read" bears and do all the right things for your little charges with care and dedication. Thank you ABR. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

And GREAT parents you are!!🐾❀

Love how you care for these bears and let them learn and be bears with as little human interaction as possible! Must be hard. Thank you ABR❀️❀️❀️

Thank you for ALWAYS doing the best for the bears. πŸ€žπŸ»πŸ™πŸΌπŸ€žπŸ»πŸ™πŸΌπŸ€žπŸ»πŸ™πŸΌ Fingers crossed with you and some prayers thrown in with them.

Good morning everyone! Looks like everything is going well at ABR! Glad all our little bear family is doing fine! Can’t wait to see the five rowdy hooligans out in the Wild Enclosure! It’s going to be great seeing them climbing and exploring their new surroundings! Then again, it’s going to be scary every time we see them in a tree! I pray for their safety and protection!

I love this post! These bears are like my children! I worry about them and only want the best for them🐾♥️!

I love these updates! Thank you!

Thank you for the wonderful post . yes we want to know when you release the little monsters into the wild enclosure. I am betting it will be an ordeal lol .

ABR you are being great parents! I pray God gives you wisdom and knowledge to know what to do for our bears.

All of you are the best "fill in" bear moms and pops I could ever imagine. Love all the resting young'uns!πŸ’–πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ’–

Have a great weekend curators and cubbies. 😊

Thank you and bless y'all

Great update on all sounds like the party of five is nearing the time for the great outdoors “wild enclosure” from what we all see each day I think their readyπŸ’•πŸ»πŸΎ

Hi is there a reason Jessamine can’t be put in with Dandelion and Bentley? I’m so happy to see them all doing well. These little bears don’t know it, but you are their guardian angels.

Thank you for being such good surrogate bear parents!

Love! Love! Love!

We will all be having heart attacks when the ‘Five Hooligans’ are released outside and they start climbing trees to the top!!

I so enjoy watching their progress. Ya all do so much

While I can hardly wait for the Party of Five to go into a wild enclosure, it will be hard not to be able to "monitor" their hijinks in the Acclimation Pen and Cub House. Still, they need to make room for Bentley, little Dandelion puff, and Jessamine.

Wonderful news all around

This "Mother Human Bear"...has to prepare for the big release!!!!! Let us know before hand...I want to see them run wild from the gate!

OH man!!! Am I ready for this, as a BEAR GRANDMA!!! THE TREES ARE TOO TALL!!! OK!OK! I AM TRYING TO GET A GRIP!!!!

I'm going to miss The Wild Bunch when they go into the wild enclosure.

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3 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

The Party of Five is always busy doing stuff, however, if you look past the distraction of two Beary Triplets wrestling (they’re always wrestling!), you’ll spy Beignet Bear concentrating on… something. That β€œsomething” is pulling up the heavy rubber matting on the floor under The Boardwalk. She worked on it with the kind of concentration that usually means trouble but lost interest as soon as she succeeded in getting one corner off the concrete. That’s no mean feat; the rubber mats weigh a ton. We expect she’ll be back at it in the morning, practicing on the mat what she’ll do when she’s in the wild; her claws and paws were made for raking and digging. After they'd consumed all the oxygen in the room and the county, the five cubs trotted off to their culvert den where they passed out from the exhaustion of being little bears.

Even Jessamine had an active day in The Red Roof Recovery Center. We couldn't capture good photos of her, but she played with her swingy ball and the tree branches. Then she folded one of her beds and wrestled with it. We believe she won the match on a technicality. We believe the bed is appealing the decision.

Not to be outdone by the larger cub residents, Bentley and his sister, Dandelion, played with the swingy toy, their heartbeat puppy and each other. They fell asleep, curled up together. They’ll wake up soon for a snack of bear milk replacement formula, little pieces of apple, and 5 pieces of bear diet pellets crushed into some applesauce.

Daffodil, Sweetie, and Iris spent their day out of sight, foraging in the undergrowth. We expect to see them on the resting platform after dark. It was a good day for our eleven bears. We hope you had a good day too.

Thank you for helping our eleven bears get a second chance at life in the wild.❀️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

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I love these updates they always make me smile whoever writes them bravo to you you've got a wonderful sense of humor and these adorable cubs give you plenty to write about....I'm so glad everyone had a good day even Jessamine ❀🐻 Thank you for the updates and have a good night ❀

So happy Jessamine felt like playing today....and Beignet, you go girl πŸ˜…!!! She has come so far!! Sounds like a wonderful day at ABR!!! Thank you for the update and for taking such amazing care of these beautiful bears 🐻❀️

I love to read your commentary and am so excited at Beignet’s progress. I started following ABR with her and Boudreaux. You all are so great at what u do. Such a great place!

Thank you for another entertaining report fromvthe "bear world" πŸ˜‚. Wonderful that Jessamine, Bentley and Dandolia are making progress and seems to feel better πŸ’–! And Beignet 😁, I love her πŸ’•!

Thank you so much for the updates..I look forward to them every day..both morning and night. I can't even imagine the noise the 5 tribe can make...I would love to hear it... I love the idea that you and the human crew love the bears, devote your time and knowledge, patience, understanding, laughter, and care to all of the fur babies. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Such a great day! Thank you for all you are doing to help these little bears survive, thrive and grow into the bears they are meant to become. πŸ’—

Love the update glad all residents are doing well and by looks of the cub photos as usual never a dull moment and looks like Beignet was successful on her mission to pull up the rubber mat!!!πŸ’•πŸ»πŸΎ

What a group of cubs you have! We enjoying every update and watching them play. But you Curators have the job of taking care of them. That's a lot of Work! Your dedication and love for them is Awsome! You all do a Great Job! ❀🐻

Another great day for all! To think Beignet is strong enough to pull up that rubber mat is amazing when we think of how weak she was just a couple of months ago. Good for her!!! πŸ’•

Love the updates. Always bring a smile to my face! Thank ABR!

Love the little bears!!!

You make following ABR such a joy, always try to start and end my day with you

What a great day for some fabulous cubbies!!!❀❀❀


So it looks like another good productive day in Bearville!! Especially for Bentley, Dandelion and Jessamine! Hope everyone has a very peaceful (?) night!! πŸ»πŸ’—πŸ»β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

I think you all have the best job in the world!!! Thank you for taking care of these precious bears!!

Had a great laugh!! Precious!!

Love this update. All is well and so darned cute. 🐻🐻♥οΈπŸ˜‡

I love these little bears so much. And love the updates. So funny lol

Your updates warm my heart and let me know that these little ones will someday help keep our bear neighbor community growing. Thank you!

Beautiful bears, love em

Love love: Then she folded one of her beds and wrestled with it. We believe she won the match on a technicality. We believe the bed is appealing the decision.

Wonderful pics! The weakest is now the strongest, good job Beignet!

So precious

11 saved babies all doing good and working hard at being bears . Gotta love it.

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3 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

We received a wonderful message from our good friend, Ms.Prescott, 5th-Grade Teacher at Barkstall Elementary School in Champaign, IL.

Hello Appalachian Bear Rescue Family,

Ms. Prescott's class is proud to donate $650.00 to Appalachian Bear Rescue this year! We want to thank you all for your support in our fundraising efforts. We have received can tabs from all over the United States. We even had the opportunity to present at our Champaign Unit 4 School District board meeting and spread the word about our dedication to raising money to help save orphaned and injured black bear cubs. We plan to continue supporting ABR next year, so stay tuned for a new class of 5th graders to start school in late July!

Ms. Valerie L. Prescott

We’re touched by the amazing dedication of Ms. Prescott and her class to our mission and to our little bears. Thank you!❀️

And speaking of our little bears, Jessamine had a very good night. She ate well and played with the swingy ball. She also likes to hide in the culvert den. It gives her a sense of security and it gives her a choice: to hide or remain visible. We try to give our residents as many choices as possible to reduce the stress of captivity.

Bentley and Dandelion are doing well too. They’re playing and climbing more often. The curators hope the cubs will be patient for a few more days. They’d like to be certain Dandelion is eating well and gaining weight.

Bailey, one of our summer interns, thought she’d decorate The Cub House again. As you saw in last night’s video update, The Cajun Twins had a blast. The Beary Triplets were braver today, and ventured in to have breakfast, but not before Beignet and Boudreaux entered first. Beignet, the little bear we were so worried about, was first to wreck the room. Her brother, the baby gorilla, followed suit and a great deal of havoc ensued. Anything that challenges the cubs helps to sharpen their wits and staves off the boredom of captivity.

Our yearlings, Daffodil, Sweetie and Iris were on the resting platforms. The bears choose where they sleep, sometimes on the platform, sometimes under it, sometimes in trees, together or alone, as they see fit. As we said, having a choice is important.

Thank you for helping our eleven bears get a second chance at life in the wild.❀️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

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πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»Ms. Prescott and her 5th graders. You all are really helping ABR and Ms. Prescott thank you for instilling such great values and respect for God’s creations in these children.

What a wonderful gift Mrs Prescott’s class has given ABR. They should be very proud of their accomplishment!!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘β€οΈ

Thank you, Mrs. Prescott and the fifth grade class, for your wonderful donation to ABR! Thank you for caring about our precious little bears!

It is amazing the broad reach that the wonderful work of ABR has. Thank you Ms. Prescott and class for your contribution on behalf of these beautiful bears who have found themselves in bad circumstances and in need of some help. I refer to ABR as our Heaven On Earth for cubs and yearlings whose lives didn’t start out the best. It looks like all of our current residents had a good night and are having a good day. Can’t ask for more than that!! 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»

Thank you, Ms. Prescott and class! Your dedication to these bears is so wonderful! ❀️

They are growing so beautifully!! Watching them grow into healthy and playful little bears has to be such an affirmation for you all!! Blessings and thanks for all you do.πŸ’–πŸ»πŸ’–πŸ»πŸ’–πŸ»

Congratulations to Mrs Prescott and the wonderful 5th. GRADERS.Amazing Job so proud of all of you and all you did to help the Bears . πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’žπŸ’žHave a big jug of taps how can I send them to you ???? Thank you for all you did .

This is great seeing children show compassion and caring for the cubs.

Such a wonderful opportunity to teach these children how to find ways to support a good cause in need, I hope Ms. Prescott is able to share ABR videos for the children to see the benefits of their efforts. I have can tops that I would like to send to her class to add to their collection. Thank you for helping to save the bears.

What a wonderful update! You Curators are really the best, so caring! ❀️🐻

Thank you Mrs. Prescott and your amazing class.

Thank you Ms. Prescott for your leadership of this generous class of rising 6th graders; thank you students!

Thanks for the wonderful pics!

Thank you Ms. Prescott and 5th graders!!!!! What a great thing you are doing for ABR! And thank you ABR for all you do for these house wrecking, sapling murderlizing house apes!πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

What a wonderful thing to do for the bears! Thank you Mrs. Prescott's class.

So proud of this teacher and class from my home town of Champaign IL!!!

Well Done 5th grade from Barkstall Elementary. Your giving will make sure bear cubs get a second chance at life.πŸ’•

So much to be grateful for! πŸ’ž

Thanks for helping the babies. These people have saved their lives.

That is so great!

That’s wonderful to hear. Glad all are doing so well.



Loe the update, and the pictures! When I think back when we thought some bears wouldn't survive...and see them now...all I can say is God is working miracles through you! Thank you...

I have been collecting tabs to send to Mrs.Prescott to help start the new school year off. Way to go this year's class!!😊

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2019 Bear Necessities

Black Fur & Bluegrass


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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