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20 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

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Thank you for the video of Hartley. He has a very special place in my heart.

He is such a handsome bear. I hope he will have a long and safe life.

It must be very rewarding to see them thrive and go back to the wild... THANK YOU for giving them a 2nd chance!

Awh it’s bittersweet! Thank you for all your doing for these beautiful bears. I pray for their safety when they’re released

I truly enjoy watching them daily. Your posts brighten my day

Thank you Terri for your generous donation

Meeting Curator Coy was one of the highlights of my trip!

I got to come home earlier this week for some hiking, seeing family and I was able to sneak in a visit to the ABR visitor center and leave with a great birthday present for a 3 year old πŸ˜€.

Harley has such a beautiful, shiny coat. He really is a handsome bear!

Let’s just keep Hartley lol!! He’s so handsome!!

I was the pessimist about Hartley, thankful he is now a handsome yearling.

Re: 36:10 reason to collar Hartley.....OK, I have a few reasons: 1. we have all fallen in love with him, 2. we are nosey, and 3.we don't want to lose touch. How do those work? Can we collar him now? LOL

I'm excited to be coming to the Guided Hike next Saturday! 🐻❀️

When he first arrived at ABR I thought it would be a long time before he would be released. I didn’t think his fur would grow back for quite a while. So glad that he will soon be going back to the wild where he belongs ❀️🐻❀️

Hartley has come a long way! So proud of him. He is a gorgeous bear!

Hartley is a gorgeous bear. He is just a walking miracle. Thanks ABR for all you do for our bears.

Thank you Janet for the videos great ending with the cubsπŸ’•πŸ»

I just knew chubby Boudreaux would get it πŸ‘πŸ‘

She’s taking over from where Hartley left off

I think he should be released to me!! 😘😘😘 I just love that lil guy

This is the best way to spend my Saturday evening - unless I was there with you of course! Thank you for doing these live feeds. They are a joy. <3

Daffodil is so precious! She's doing GREAT!

Good afternoon. Thank you for sharing your videos!

She must be getting plenty to eat, considering she is letting a apple AND a pear just lay on the ground.

Finally caught Janet live, hello from the UK

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

In this morning’s video update, many of you noticed the food bowls in the Cub House rooms are now secured by cables. This followed a rather surprising discovery by a rather surprised curator who went to clean the rooms and found all the food bowls… missing! What kind of cubbery was this?

The five prime suspects, all of whom were found guilty, had dragged and pushed the food bowls out of the rooms and into The Acclimation Pen, abandoning them near the stairs, just out of camera range. Regardless of how smart the cubs are (and they are), our curator is smarter (and he is...really). The bowls were retrieved, cleaned and secured. The cubs see it as a new challenge. So does the curator. Game on.

Sweetie was up in a tree, but we did see Daffodil come down for a drink. A little while ago, Hartley Bear took up his old spot on the resting platform. Perhaps he and Daffodil have come to some kind of time-share arrangement.

Iris is eating well. The curators lowered the tarp surrounding her pen, hoping she might be more relaxed if she couldn’t see as much of the Wild Enclosure. It seems to be working; she ate most of her dinner and went to sleep on the platform.

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

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

Click here to see this morning’s video.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TwSxt9XZy0&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3SXuLQR2_YVtFuOPe1-e4Fy6Ma3vxanLZ...Evening Edition

In this morning’s video update, many of you noticed the food bowls in the Cub House rooms are now secured by cables. This followed a rather surprising discovery by a rather surprised curator who went to clean the rooms and found all the food bowls… missing! What kind of cubbery was this?

The five prime suspects, all of whom were found guilty, had dragged and pushed the food bowls out of the rooms and into The Acclimation Pen, abandoning them near the stairs, just out of camera range. Regardless of how smart the cubs are (and they are), our curator is smarter (and he is...really). The bowls were retrieved, cleaned and secured. The cubs see it as a new challenge. So does the curator. Game on.

Sweetie was up in a tree, but we did see Daffodil come down for a drink. A little while ago, Hartley Bear took up his old spot on the resting platform. Perhaps he and Daffodil have come to some kind of time-share arrangement.

Iris is eating well. The curators lowered the tarp surrounding her pen, hoping she might be more relaxed if she couldn’t see as much of the Wild Enclosure. It seems to be working; she ate most of her dinner and went to sleep on the platform.

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

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

Click here to see this morning’s video.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TwSxt9XZy0&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3SXuLQR2_YVtFuOPe1-e4Fy6Ma3vxanLZ...
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I think Hartley is one of the most handsome, magnificent yearlings ever rescued by ABR. His transformation is truly miraculous. Thank you ABR ❀️🐻❀️ As for those 5 cubbies...watch out curators, I’m sure the little rascals have more mayhem planned and I can’t wait to see what they do next ❀️🐻❀️

The Sneaky Five!!! Shenanigans abound! Glad to see Iris doing well. Hartley is one beautiful boy! Have a great night all! β€πŸ»πŸ’œ

I honestly can’t wait each morning and evening to read these updates! This one had me laughing, these cubbies are a handful for sure. Wonder what they’ll think of the cables? And my goodness, Hartley Bear is very handsome young fella! I so dread not getting to see him, I know it’s for the best but I’m not looking forward to his release. Thanks for everything ABR!! The laughs, the tears, all of it - you guys and gals are the best!! 🐻❀️

Absolutely love your entertaining post. Thank you

Loved the account of all that cubbery, your posts always make me laugh! Glad to hear that Iris Bear is still doing well, thanks for the lovely photos of Daffodil Bear and frog and, of course, Handsome Harley. 😍😍😍

I'm missing pictures of Sweetie πŸ˜”. Glad to see Iris is doing well. Hartley is so gorgeous and that boy is gonna be huge when he's finished growing. Those cubbies are pretty smart, watch out curators, they just might figure the cables out πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ˜πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜. Goodnight and sweet dreams Hartley, Beignet, Boudreaux, Sweetie, Daffodil, Bluebeary, Blackbeary, Hucklebeary, and Iris. Here's to a great Saturday. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š πŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œ πŸ’™πŸ»πŸ’™πŸ»πŸ’™πŸ»πŸ’™πŸ» 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾 πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€

So Hartley has retaken the resting platform (for now). Daffodil decided to concede for now. Sweetie decided to stay in her tree and mind her own business, and Iris has calmed down a little with the change to the Acclimation Pen. As for The Little Rascals, I can’t wait to see what they come up with regarding the cables on the feeding bowls! In other words, a normal day at Camp ABR!!! Hope everyone has a peaceful night!! πŸ»β€οΈπŸ»πŸ’—πŸ™πŸ»

Just love, love seeing Hartley so healthy!! ❀️

Looks like everything is back to almost normal at ABR! Thank you for the update and beautiful pictures! Good night everyone!

Oh how I love these bears. Thank you for such entertaining and informative posts.

Love this update! Those 5 miscreants...WHAT will they get into next?! Glad the trio of yearlings in the wild enclosure are sorting things out in a friendly way. Hang on just a little while longer, Daffodil, and you will have a whole wild enclosure to yourself!

I love the antics of these bears!!

I just love these write ups . Thank for making my day every day.

WOW bussy Day for the Bears and the Curator . Those Rascals are a Handful but sooo sweet to watch.

The 5 little bears are definitely a handful πŸ˜‚ so happy Iris is doing well. Hartley looks amazing, he has come so far. I’m happy Hartley, Sweetie and Daffodil are doing so well and living together but keeping their distance

They are a handful!! So glad they are happy and so mischievous!!

Love your posts and all the care you give the cubbies. God Bless all of you working yo help the cubbies

Love Hartley’s big feet!

I love the bottom of bear paws!!!

Gotta love the ingenuity of little bears!

Hartley is becoming a big bear! Getting more beautiful all the time!

It’s so nice to see all the progress they all have made, especially Hartley Bear.

Thanks for the fun commentary.

I love the tongue and cheek writing style being used! It is so entertaining! I imagine the 5 prime suspects are busy thinking up another caper!

Omg those cubs😊 Didn’t mess around with Daffodil 😊 Happy Iris is doing wellπŸ™

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ABR Video Update-May 17, 2019

Morning Edition

We hope you enjoy watching this short video of our five cubs going about their morning business. They’re always on the move, from one room to another, sniffing at breakfast bowls, the walls, the floor…whatever. There’s more food in the room next door, but the cubs want to play as much as eat.

Our yearlings, Hartley, Daffodil, Sweetie and Iris Bear are doing well. Iris objects to her confinement but not as strenuously as we’d feared. She enjoys eating what the curators offer and that indicates the stress of captivity isn’t overwhelming her; very anxious bears stop eating and try to chew or dig their way to freedom. She’ll be outside in Wild Enclosure #2 soon.

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

*We post updates on our residents twice daily, Monday to Friday, morning and evening, and once daily on Saturday and Sunday.
youtu.be/8TwSxt9XZy0At present, we have nine bears in residence at Appalachian Bear Rescue: five cubs of the year and four yearlings. Three of the yearlings, Hartley, Sweetie an...
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Hello, Karen Stetzko-Albretsen. You asked a very good question regarding what kind of troubled bears we can expect to see going forward. Facebook isn't allowing us to respond directly to your comment so we'll answer it here and hope you'll see it. Single bears and bear families left their dens last month; that is usually the signal our first phase of bear rescue season is starting. After cubs leave the relative safety of their dens they and their mothers are vulnerable to car accidents, encounters with other bears, etc. Young cubs have to follow their mother and that can lead to accident and separation. The second rescue phase for ABR is after "bear family break-up" which has started or will begin in June. That's when yearlings the same age as Hartley, Sweetie, Daffodil, and Iris (about 16 months old) have to begin living on their own. Yearlings can get into trouble with other bears, people, people's trash, people's cars, etc. They can become malnourished while they figure out how to live without mother. If the summer soft mast (berries) fail, we'll start receiving hungry cubs and yearlings. The third rescue phase begins in the fall and that depends on the hard mast (acorns). If the hard mast fails, bears can't hibernate and will continue looking for food. That's when we get starving yearlings and cubs of the year. Of course, we can and do receive bears in need of help at any time and for a multitude of reasons. This year's rescue season was out of the ordinary; it started early and brought cubs and yearlings that required an extraoridnary amount of care. We hope our bears in the wild won't need us, but we're ready, willing and able to help if they do. πŸ™‚

Thank you for my laugh for today. I love watching the 5 cubbies and it’s a good thing the video was short because I could watch those cute rascals all day and get nothing else done πŸ₯°πŸ»πŸ₯°

All the little cubby are so sweet. They are very healthy and happy little cubs thanks to you ABR!!! πŸ€—πŸ’œπŸ§Έ

So glad to know that our yearlings are all doing well and that Iris is eating well and not stressing out too much (yet). Thank you for the video of The Little Rascals! They can brighten up any day for sure!! πŸ»β€οΈπŸ»πŸ’—πŸ˜‚

Thanks for sharing!! I love watching them play....especially when they stand to play with the swingy toys πŸ§Έβ€οΈπŸ˜†

They are wonderful babies!!! I love then all!!!!

Well that certainly gave me a few chuckles! Looks like all’s well in Cubbyland and sounds like the 4 yearlings are doing well too!! Yeah!

That Room looked so nice , ready for a Party clean and pretty .Sure did not take those little Rascals long to reak havoc in there . What a cute bunch , love them .

They're having SO MUCH FUN! It's so lovely to watch them play <3 <3 <3

Make a photo book about with all their stories about the five musketeers - I'm sure it will be a good selling book in your shop, also online. πŸ™‚

Thank you for sharing this beautiful video of the cubbies! Love watching them play! Glad to hear that all is well at ABR! Thank you for all that you do for our precious little bears! 🐻 🐻

The five are fun to watch. They are growing by leaps and bounds. Happy Friday, everyone! β€πŸ»πŸ’œ

Hang on Iris you will be out soon! The cubs looks like ants running back and forth πŸ˜‚ 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Made my morning watching them.πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ’š

I love watching the bears. Thank you fot all you do and sharing w9 us.

Thanks for making this video. How lucky are we to be able to observe these beautiful animals.

Glad all are doing well just watched the video of the cubs they are so funny love when they stand on the hind feet they sure were having fun with the balls they are so entertaining I don’t know what we will do when they go outside in the enclosure I guess Janet will have to send Jake on some adventures maybe he can find some more missing arrowsπŸ’•πŸ»

Thank y'all for everything y'all do for the little cubbies

So funny as usual. There's always one cubbie smeared with porridge, another one hanging off a ball and others in a wrestling match. I'm surprised they ever find time to eat! 😍

This made my morning!

Pure sweetness πŸ’™β€ Have a fun day little cubbies 😘

Love those babies! I was looking at what I thought was Beaudreax because it seemed to be the biggest cub until I saw the tell-tale "horn spots' on her head and realized it was Beignet, the cub who wouldn't eat! She has certainly made up for it!!!! These cubs make my day!

That music cracks me up. Love those baby bears!!!

they are so stinkin' cute!!! πŸ₯°

Are you sure Boudreaux isn’t eating everything in sight ? He’s quite the chubby cubby...😘🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

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3 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

Daffodil, our once reclusive yearling, certainly is making up for lost time. We used to consider ourselves lucky if we caught a glimpse of her, but tonight she’s the only yearling in Wild Enclosure #3 who is visible. She seems to have claimed The Resting Platform for herself and neither Sweetie of Hartley have objected. They were together in the same tree, out of camera range.

Iris Bear, in Acclimation Pen #2, is eating well. She’s fond of grapes, apples and pears, likes the Mazouri Bear Diet Pellets, but didn’t seem to want peanuts. She changed her mind this afternoon and is cracking them open by the dozen. The green boughs seem to have reduced her anxiety, but she is a wild bear and wants to be on the other side of the fence.

The cubs spent their day tearing about the Cub House, expending enormous amounts of energy just being little bears. You’ll notice their food bowl contain leafy greens, chopped fruit, and bear diet pellets; the curators are gradually weaning them from formula porridge to a solid food diet. In a few weeks, the cubs will be out in Enclosure #4 and they’ll have to forage for food the curators throw over the fence. Formula porridge doesn’t scatter well, though the cubs might disagree.

The New Cub House is nearly finished. The curators, board members, volunteers, and the specialized trade people are working diligently to complete this major project and hope to have it fully operational soon.

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

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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.Evening Edition

Daffodil, our once reclusive yearling, certainly is making up for lost time. We used to consider ourselves lucky if we caught a glimpse of her, but tonight she’s the only yearling in Wild Enclosure #3 who is visible. She seems to have claimed The Resting Platform for herself and neither Sweetie of Hartley have objected. They were together in the same tree, out of camera range.

Iris Bear, in Acclimation Pen #2, is eating well. She’s fond of grapes, apples and pears, likes the Mazouri Bear Diet Pellets, but didn’t seem to want peanuts. She changed her mind this afternoon and is cracking them open by the dozen. The green boughs seem to have reduced her anxiety, but she is a wild bear and wants to be on the other side of the fence.

The cubs spent their day tearing about the Cub House, expending enormous amounts of energy just being little bears. You’ll notice their food bowl contain leafy greens, chopped fruit, and bear diet pellets; the curators are gradually weaning them from formula porridge to a solid food diet. In a few weeks, the cubs will be out in Enclosure #4 and they’ll have to forage for food the curators throw over the fence. Formula porridge doesn’t scatter well, though the cubs might disagree.

The New Cub House is nearly finished. The curators, board members, volunteers, and the specialized trade people are working diligently to complete this major project and hope to have it fully operational soon.

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

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So glad Daffodil is gracing us with her presence. All the bears are doing well and that makes me happy. Have a good night Hartley Sweetie Daffodil Iris Boudreaux Beignet Bluebeary Blackbeary Hucklebeary! Rest well. β€πŸ»πŸ’œ

Glad to hear that everyone is doing well! Thank you for the update and beautiful pictures! Good night everyone!

I am thrilled to see our little flower child Daffodil making her presence known! Good for her using the Resting Platform. Looks like Iris is developing quite an appetite. Hartley and Sweetie seem to have put aside their differences. As for the Wrecking Crew, well what is there to say. They are Energizer Bunnies who seldom run down! So, all in all, it seems like another good day at the homestead! Wishing a good night to all! πŸ»β€οΈπŸ»πŸ’—πŸ™πŸ»

I just love, love, love, this site. I look forward to reading it every day. You are so kind and caring to these little bears that had an unfortunate turn in their lives. Thank you again, and again, and again!

These updates really entertain & enlighten me. Thanks! Watching & loving the bears & ABR from Vermont🌲

I always enjoy reading the updates. Good night little bears!❀️❀️❀️❀️😊

The new facility is going to be so wonderful when you get it finished.

Oh, I don't know. Formula has seemed to spread pretty well, thanks to Porridge Paw and Nubbin Syndromes.

Well, I, for one, love your nine little bears! πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»

Glad everyone is doing well ❀❀

So glad to see Iris doing well. And these pictures of Daffodil are great. Hoping all have a great Friday. Goodnight and sweet dreams Hartley, Beignet, Boudreaux, Sweetie, Daffodil, Bluebeary, Blackbeary, Hucklebeary, and Iris. πŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ»πŸ’œ πŸ’™πŸ»πŸ’™πŸ»πŸ’™πŸ»πŸ’™πŸ» 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾 πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ πŸ₯œπŸ₯œπŸ‡πŸ‡πŸŽπŸŽπŸπŸπŸπŸπŸπŸ’πŸ’πŸŒ°πŸŒ°πŸ“πŸ“

Excited to hear Sweetie agreed to share a tree with Hartley!!! Persistence pays off!

Looks like great progress there!

It is so cool all the ways you try to keep the bears in the most natural and safe environment possible during their stay.

Wow what a great report on the yearlings and cubs πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ™

the posts are so awesome and the cubbies said they will show u how to throw the porridge over the fence with no problem ha ha gotta love the adventures πŸ™‚

I don’t know about that porridge issue. The cubs seem to have become quite proficient at it 😳😁

good to hear that you'll be able to confine the outbreak of Porridge Paw to the Cub House ☺️

Indeed we can't have a case of curator porridge-syndrome, which would be the inevitable result of trying to serve formula porridge in the wild enclosure. πŸ˜‰

Formula porridge doesn’t scatter well, though the cubs might disagree. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ For sure they disagree. We’ve seen it time and time again that they disagree. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

"Formula porridge doesn’t scatter well, though the cubs might disagree. " i bet they do!!!

Is Beignet bear climbing up and the ramps yet?

Yayyy Daffodil that a girl. πŸ’–

We love u ABR, and your humour is greatβ€οΈπŸŒ·πŸ™Œ

I hope those babies know how to forage not having a mom to show them !!

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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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