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ABR Video Update-December 12, 2019-“More Room in the Den” Campaign: Hartley House

This is the second in a series of videos explaining our goals for Appalachian Bear Rescue’s “More Room in the Den” Campaign. Phase #1 includes improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center, Hartley House, new Transport Crates, and a re-think of The Cub Nursery. Phase #2 is devoted to constructing Wild Enclosure #5. Please join Curator Janet as she talks about the improvements we’ll be making to Hartley House.

We’ll post our regular evening update tonight. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻
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These videos are very informative.....thank you for all you do

Excellent video with Curator Janet explaining the needed improvements to Hartley House. 👏 The bears are always teaching the curators a thing or two. 👍

We donated to the capital campaign that built the new Cub houses and Hartley House. I am wondering why these facts about concrete flooring were not known before the project began. Certainly everyone had to know that waste would get under rubber matting, and seep into the porous floor. This gives us great concern about donating once again to this project.

Curator Janet thank you for this down to earth explanation of the plans for Hartley House. I’m sure our honored bear would be proud! 🐻❤️

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Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

Beignet, Boudreaux, and Jessamine, our three 10-month-old black bear cubs, are spending the winter at ABR. We can’t presume to know their thoughts, but it seems they’re auditioning possible den sites. Beignet and Boudreaux, the Louisiana siblings, spent another night on the resting platform in Acclimation Pen #4. This location has excellent camera coverage and we hope they choose to hibernate there. Jessamine, however, seems to be preparing her favorite daybed for a longer stay. She’s been busy raking leaves and twigs into a pile near the base of a tree. Of course, she would pick a site that makes it difficult to observe her, but that’s her business. At present, it looks like Beignet and Boudreaux will den together and Jessamine by herself, as she would have done had she been released back to the wild.

It’s interesting to watch the cubs rake leaves, twigs, or straw into beds. We’ve seen this behavior countless times with former residents in the Cub House or The Recovery Center. It usually leads to “Exploding Mattress Syndrome”. Bears are born knowing how to make beds and it’s not their fault our foam mattresses don’t behave like natural bedding material.

In Enclosure #2, Bentley and Dandelion could have chosen to sleep on the resting platforms, either in Acclimation Pen #2 or out in their enclosure. Instead, they spent the night at the base of a tree. Black bears have two fur coats: an outer coat that has long guard hairs to keep out the rain and snow, and a thick, dense second coat that keeps them warm. Bears are built to withstand the elements. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

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What I find interesting, Boudreaux and Beignet were separated for quite a while. They have spent more time apart than together (almost from day one). Boudreaux has been with Jessamine for a lot of their time at ABR. But in the end, Jessamine goes off on her own, and Boudreaux and Beignet seem to be preparing to den together. They really do know that they are siblings. I find this fascinating.

There is a long YouTube of a bear raking leaves into a den/cave. At first, it looks like shelter skelter, but that bear knew exactly what it was doing.

Thank you for all the great info this morning and the hysterical descriptive language accompanying Boudreaux 's attempts to enter the possible den...too cute!! They become more dear to me each day. Many thanks for your great coverage of all our cubbies. 😁💕

Thanks for the great pictures and info. I hope curators and cubbies have a great Thursday. ❤️🐻🐾

Where will they den?? Fascinating!!❤🐻❤

Even though Boudreaux and Beignet have still been checking out other real estate for their stay, it appears that the AP den has become a popular sleeping spot. Could we maybe have a winner here! Jessamine seems to be looking for a more solitary setting. It will be interesting to see where they all FINALLY end up! Love seeing our Dandelion and Bentley too! 🐻❤️🐻💗🐻💗🐻❤️🐻💗🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Always learn something from your posts. I didnt know black bears denned on the ground. I wonder if ours do, SW CO?

I was happy to see Beignet and Boudreaux back in the spot close to cameras! Keeping my fingers crossed that this is where they den knowing full well they could change their minds. Jessamine appears to be making herself a nice comfortable spot. Good to see all remaining bears doing well. ❤🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻💜

Thanks for morning update on our sweet cubs looks like our out of town guests are preparing for their long winters nap thanks for sharing the great pictures too!!💕🐻🐾

Golly these are beauteous bears!!

Amazing and awesome commentary!! We are truly blessed with all you guys do for these little chunky guys! ❤️

I really hope Jasamine will den near Boudreaux and Beignet. Every update you provide some type of knowledge about the cubs or their behaviors that people can understand. And the comedy descriptions are the best!

Every time I read your posts, I learn tidbits of new knowledge. I so enjoy reading them and seeing the cubs each day!

Are the cubs of the year that are released in sibling groups likely to stay together for the first hibernation, or do they split up like yearlings do?

I can’t remember...have any other cubbies wintered over at ABR? I ❤️ ABR!!! 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Love these bears 💗❤️

Thank you for the continuing education! It will be interesting to watch and learn about God's gentle creatures over the winter!!!!

So glad they are staying...I dont like living at the foot of Buffalo mountain....I dont understand bear hunters...just seen 4 men and 5 huge hounds harvest what looked to be about a 60lb bear...one dog was bigger than the bear...poor bear didnt have a chance.

Great post. Both entertaining and educational!

They are just beautiful! 🎄❤️🐻

Very interesting & educational post today. I am learning a lot about black bears. Thank you, ABR.

Why are the three cubs spending the winter at ABR?

We have a neighbor where a big ole papa bear has decided to den. He was told that if he ran him off, it could put the bear in danger as it would confuse him and leave him exposed to the elements. Is that true? Doesn’t seem right.

Something to add to the ABR website is a dictionary. Include things like nubbin, chonky, swingy ball, fire hose hammock, day bed, cubby pool, exploding mattress syndrome, torpor, murderlize, forbidden tree, etc. It is our secret language.

I will miss seeing B and B! Happy they are doing what comes naturally this time of year. ❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️

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Ten Days of Cubby Christmas - Day 5

Stuff a special stocking with Cubby treasures! The ABR Stocking Stuffer Special includes a pack of eight Lois Alexander Bear Picnic notecards/envelopes, a wooden ABR logo magnet, and a Danforth Pewter bear key ring. You will love the detail on the pewter bear! When you purchase the $35 Stocking Stuffer Special, you also receive a black bear BearWise magnet and a magnet notepad FREE!

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Ten Days of Cubby Christmas - Day 5

Stuff a special stocking with Cubby treasures!  The ABR Stocking Stuffer Special includes a pack of eight Lois Alexander Bear Picnic notecards/envelopes, a wooden ABR logo magnet, and a Danforth Pewter bear key ring.  You will love the detail on the pewter bear!  When you purchase the $35 Stocking Stuffer Special, you also receive a black bear BearWise magnet and a magnet notepad FREE!

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Placed my order. Love the cubbies! ❤️🐻

Am sharing Public on Facebook ABR, Cubbies! Will definitely check this out! Thank you ABR for everything you do for the Cubbies so that they can return back home to the Wild. 😀🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲💚💞💛💙💜

Just send me 1 of everything 🥰 🤣🤣

December 11, 2019 "More Room in the Den" Campaign.

Morning Edition

In this, the first in a series of videos, Appalachian Bear Rescue explains our “More Room in the Den” Campaign. Phase #1 includes improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center, Hartley House, new Transport Crates, and a re-think of The Cub Nursery. Phase #2 is devoted to constructing Wild Enclosure #5. Please join Curator David as he explains what we’ll be doing with The Red Roof Recovery Center.

Our five cubs are well and we hope you can join the curators for their Facebook live broadcast today at 3pm EST. Should the broadcast be canceled, we’ll post our regular evening update.❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻
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Very nice video! Curator David did a great job explaining the upgrades. Will the floor of The Red Roof Recovery Center be sealed too, like what was talked about for Hartley House?

Am sharing Public on Facebook ABR! I think the changes at ABR are a great idea, the Wild Enclosure #5 would definitely benefit ABR, upgrades to the Hartley House, Red Roof recovery Center, some new transport cages are a terrific idea!Thank you ABR for the Updates on what's gonna happen at ABR. 😀🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾💜💚💛💞💙

I love your plans for this - very excited for future bears - great job Curator David - thank you 🙏🏻

Can’t wait to see it all finish though I don’t want any more injured cubbies coming in I love to see and watch them one of God’s most Beautiful Animals and one of my favourites hope the new carriers have wheels so we can save hunky Coys back from injury when he has to carry those fur balls around all have a wonderful Blessed weekend ❤️🐻

Ah conjures memories of cub getting on top of the lowered ceiling. Was it Hartley?

Thank you Curator David! It’s nice to know in more detail just what our donations will be used for 🐻❤️

Excellent plans for the Red Roof Recovery Center.

Thank you Curator David for the nice video!

Very nicely done Curator David.

Great job Curator David.

Great plans

Y'all need a automatic inside roof that lowers and raises,like a elevator.Push a button etc.

didni't hartley house just get built????? or is my memory going?

All the proposed changes make good sense.

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

A wet, cold, miserable day. Our five cubby residents looked utterly pathetic sitting outside. If we didn’t know the bears chose to sit in the rain, we’d be tempted to add cubby umbrellas to our Amazon Wish list. But they did choose and we’ll respect their right to look pathetic.

Bentley and Dandelion were in and out of their Acclimation Pen, but only to eat. Once they’d had their second and third lunches, they high-nubbined it out of the pens and into the rain. The siblings did what cubs always do in inclement weather; they climbed trees and went to sleep. What’s up with that, cubs? Is it drier as you get closer to the clouds?

Beignet and Boudreaux gave us a nice surprise. They went into Acclimation Pen #4 and actually went to sleep on the resting platform. Are they stringing us along, pretending to give us what we want? Jessamine has her own ideas of what’s comfortable and hasn’t joined the Louisiana siblings yet. It’s snowing now, and if the cubbies would cooperate and sleep inside, we would be very grateful. Just a suggestion. 🤞🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻❤️

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Sounds like the 3 bears are trying out all of the beds, checking out which will be most comfortable for hibernation 👍

Maybe at least one of them will sleep inside in camera range. But probably won't allow us to be that lucky. After all, they are bears. Hope curators, Boudreaux, Beignet, Jessamine, Bentley, and Dandelion all have a great evening and night. ❤️💙💙💜💜💜🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾

Have you buy chance heard how the Cubs that you released are doing..

I can understand them not wanting to live indoors, even in the winter. But not using the wonderful wild-like dens you have provided is odd. Perhaps they are so furred and fat, this cold and wet feels good to them.

Glad all our sweet cubs are doing good in this bad weather thank goodness they have those cute chubby bellies and beautiful fur coats to keep them warm💕🐻🐾

My chickens, horses, and German Shepherd all stayed out in the rain all day. Whomever coined the phrase, 'Madder than a wet hen,' clearly never met these chickens. They were absolutely pathetic looking. And the horses, no that nice run in shed just wasn't for staying in today. The dog? He had a porch and dry garage to stay out of the rain in...

So I am holding out some hope that Beignet and Boudreaux might actually use their nice condo to den in! Jessamine seems to still be weighing her options. Maybe Daryl could explain why bears (i.e. Dandelion and Bentley) prefer to be HIGH up in trees in bad weather! Hope everyone has a safe and blessed night 🐻❤️🐻💗🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

🤞🙏 that our little 🐻🐻🐻 decide to den where we can see them! BB&J

Might Beignet and Boudreaux choose to den there?? Or would you rather they not and den outside?? Never mind ... saw the answer in today's earlier post ....

Comfy lil feets and nubbins.....💗❤️

Soooooo - ABR is having a 30-40 (whatever) degree temp drop tonight and tomorrow. We shall see what we shall see, eh.

If I had that fur coat I would sleep in the trees and watch it snow. What a view they have.

I know this weather makes ME sleepy!

Thank you for sharing🤶🏻

It's a journey.

Very pretty big bears

Silly cub, I love walking in the rain but I don’t know about sleeping 😉

Hope they realize soon how comfortable those dens are.

busy cubbies

Cubbi umbrellas, what a wonderful idea! I imagine them sitting under the umbrella. Who will hold it? Fun!

I was reading this post and it suddenly hit me, bears must be related to Hobbits. They eat second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, etc. I wonder if they have their own version of afternoon tea. Hope everyone is warm and dry on this cold wet day.

They are so wildly loveable! Thank you for this update, for wonderful pictures, and for straw aplenty....I feel good knowing they have such wonderful cover from inclement weather. Thank you, ABR!

Bears do, what bears do. People assign how they look.

Looks like two giant hedgehogs on first sight!

Every time I see the photos you post - a few or LOTS! - I remember how lucky and privileged we are to be able to see these cubs doing their "bear" thing but not interferring with them so they can be the wild things they were born to be. You all take such marvelous care of them and invite us along for the ride - fun and educational, and often highly amusing. Thank you!

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More Room in the Den Campaign

We will be adding a fifth wild enclosure and upgrading several of our existing buildings to better accommodate bears in need. View the campaign letter to learn more about all the upgrades. Click here to view a map of the future upgrades.

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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