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8 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

Today, our ten resident balls of fur are celebrating their 10-month birthday! Actually, they don’t know it’s their birthday; ABR chose January 22 as the “official” birthdate for all bears who come to us, so it is we (and you) who are doing the celebrating. Reaching a double-digit birthday is a bit of a miracle for these little bears, but we consider every day a miracle and a gift. They couldn’t have come this far without your compassion and support and on their behalf, we thank you. ❤️🎂🎉🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

We wish our released yearlings Hartley, Daffodil, Sweetie, and Iris a happy 22-month-birthday and hope they are well, back in the wild where they belong.❤️🎂🎉🐻🐻🐻🐻

And we remember Oliver, Tulip, and Lyon who didn’t get their second chance. Peace, little bears. 💔🐻🐻🐻


*We post updates twice daily, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and once daily on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
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Happy Birthday Cubbies! ❤ ABR I can't get the pictures to open so I can see them. 😢

Happy birthday cubbies. You guys have grown so much in a short amount of time. Also, happy birthday to Hartley, Iris, Daffodil, and Sweetie out living their best life ever. I pray that you are happy, healthy, not hungry, and safe wherever you may be. Bless those who didn't make it this year. Their life was cut short too soon. And happy birthday to all of those cubbies before. Have a great day and start to the weekend curators and cubbies. 🐻🐾❤️

Happy birthday rascal cubs! ❤️🐻Thanks ABR for providing them shelter, food and professional attention. When I think Oliver, Tulip and Lyon just tears come into my eyes I'm so sorry for them, God bless their poor little soul 😢💔

What great pictures! Healthy, happy and well-cared for little bears! Thank you ABR and Happy Birthday to our 10 babies! 😍😍

Happy Birthday to you magnificent, furry, creatures!! May you live the most wonderful lives and be blessed as you have blessed us with your presence! Thank you ABR for sharing them with us!💖🎂🐻

Thank you ABR for all you’ve done to help our cubbies make it to their 10 month birthdays, as well as all the others who’ve come through your doors and been released. Most have made miraculous recoveries, though we also celebrate the lives of those who just didn’t get there in time. But every minute those babies had with ABR staff was filled with caring and compassion. And we also remember those who didn’t leave ABR due to falls/ accidents. All of these cubs touched our lives and we’re so happy to see these 10 little cubs make their 10 month milestone!! 🎈🎈🎈

wishing all the precious little bears, those with us and those who have moved on, the very happiest of birthday's! and a huge thank you to those that provide love and care so these precious bears could have that second chance!

Eith pen - blwydd hapus (Bears Happy Birthday have a Bearoo day ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Thank you! And Happy Birthday furry siblings! So thankful you've thrived these months. May blessings reign over you, and your wonderful caretakers. 💓

Well, the end of this post made me catch my breath, with burning eyes. I would never have thought little baby bears could do that to me, even though I am a crier, until I started following ABR. You folks are marvelous🐻

Thank you for the birthday updates on our beautiful babies! It’s hard to imagine how far they have come from when they first arrived at ABR. You are truly miracle workers! 🐻❤️🐻💗🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Happy cubbie birthday, everypawdy! ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️💖💖💖💖💖💖

What beautiful portraits of such healthy chubby cubbies.

Happy Birthday! Beautiful, Chubby, Healthy, Happy BEARS! ABR has done a wonderful job raising then to 10 months old. ❤

I can't get over how much they look like, well, BEARS, and not little cubs anymore. Especially little (big) Dandelion. What a handsome sleuth of bears ABR has grown. Happy Birthday to all!

I’m so thankful they have all survived to see their birthdays and pray the babies in the wild are fine.

They are all such beautiful and healthy looking cubs! Thank you ABR for their second chance. May they all prosper for years to come! ❤️🐻’s

They are all lovely bears! Thanks for all you do for them and us!

They all have thrived at ABR, thanks to all the attention and care they've received. Happy 10-month birthday, little bears!

Happy Birthday to all the cubbies, past and present!❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

They are gorgeous, magnificent animals mals

Happy Birthday, sweet chubby cubbies!!!🎂❤️🐻

Happy Birthday dear cubbies and RIP Oliver, Tulip and Lyon. ABR. thank you for all you do 💜🐻

Wonderful photos of healthy, beautiful cubs❣❣❣

Happy birthday indeed! Just received my lovely bear wreath! Perfect timing!

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24 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Evening Edition

The Beary Triplets taught us about the order of precedence when climbing a tree. We didn’t know there was one and wonder if it doesn’t change according to whim. In any case, one Triplet climbed a tree followed by another. The third cub took exception to the second taking its rightful place and settled the argument in traditional Triplet fashion: fisticuffs. The proper order restored, the two siblings joined the third, high up in a tree. Our cubs are portly, round, and chubbified, but they can move FAST, and can scale the tallest tree as if they were running up an escalator. Their descent is just as quick; they don’t so much climb down as rappel, their paws and feet barely touching the trunk.

Beignet and Boudreaux spent the day foraging as did the five cubs in Enclosure #2. It seems they rarely look up from the ground; their foraging is intense and single-minded. Pears, peanuts, hazelnuts, and almonds were on today’s menu and the cubbies ate, and ate, and ate. Thank you for helping them become rounder. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

ABR’s holiday ornaments, cards, and 2020 calendar are on sale now. Please click on this link for the calendar:

This one for the ornaments and cards:

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I’m beginning to think the Bearys will still be wrestling through the winter! They show no signs of slowing down at all! Glad to see all our other cubbies keeping their minds and noses to the business of foraging! Wishing a peaceful and blessed night for all 🐻❤️🐻💗🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Those are my well rounded cubbies...Such cute little critters. Thank you for this update. 💕

Have a great evening and night curators and cubbies. ❤️🐻🐾

Love these fuzzy butts Happy Thanksgiving to all 🙏🏻❤️

My evening is complete now. I treasure these updates and seeing our little cubs grow into such well rounded bears...no pun intended! 🙂 Bless you all for all you do!

so awesome!!!! thank you all for all you do! And these updates make my day.... can't wait to visit TN again... the only thing Chicago has is rats!😉

Thanks for the evening update on all and for sharing such cute pictures of our chubby cubs glad they all had a good day nite sweet cubs💕🐻🐾

In nature there is always a pecking order! Even for adorable feisty beary triplets!! Silly ol’ bears.

Keep those babies eating..they need to be “rolly Polly”. Love the bears. ❤️🙏🐻

I so love and appreciate your updates and pictures

God, how I love these updates!!!

Oh this Brest Triplets 🐻🐻🐻♥️♥️♥️

So do you reduce food resources to mimic Mother Nature as winter approaches?

Sharing Public ABR, Cubbies!😀🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐾🐾🐾💚💜💛💞💙🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲


I just love watching our bears and all your posts. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

I got my calendar! Love it! Also got my notepads, they are also adorable! Thank you for all you do!



Wonderful photos of these beautiful bears!


I would like to see photos of the curators tossing the food over the fences 😃

Oh those Bearys 😂😂💙💜💙

Those little bears are a really good looking chaos of cubs!

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1 day ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

Not long ago, we were ignorant about what our cubs did after sunset. The curators could observe them only during daylight hours and their very presence in the Observation Towers affected how our furry residents behaved. Now our security cameras provide us with a nonintrusive way to watch our ten resident cubs, 24/7. The curators have learned much about their behavior, and while the cameras have become integral to their work, they’ve also caused “Curator Grey Hair Syndrome”, once confined to daytime growth, to sprout at night too.

Last night, Boudreaux Bear found a new toy; a flexy, stretchy, rubbery ring that gave him hours of amusement. The thing is, we don’t know what it is or where he got it (grey hairs, begin sprouting now!). While we watched him having fun, messages flew back and forth, theories formed and discarded, and three possible answers offered.

The rubbery ring might be part of one of the culvert dens.
The rubbery ring might be part of a food bowl from Acclimation Pen #4
The rubbery ring is an artifact from the past, recently excavated by Boudreaux.

Of the three, the last is most likely. Curator Coy has been with ABR since 2012 and can testify that rubbery rings haven’t been used or discarded in Wild Enclosure #4 since he arrived. So it’s likely Boudreaux’s new toy pre-dates 2012, but by how long we don’t know. Where he found it remains a mystery; the cameras tell us a lot, but not all. At present, the curators will leave it where it is; Boudreaux had so much fun with it, they’d hate to deprive him of his new “toy”. They also don’t want to enter the Wild Enclosure unless it’s necessary, so they’ll watch how Beignet and Boudreaux treat “the artifact”.

All our bears had a good evening and they’re out foraging. We’ll feature them in this evening’s update.

We just received a $1,550.52 quarterly payment from the AmazonSmile program! Since we registered in 2014, the program has contributed a total of $15,781.92 to ABR! Please consider registering with the AmazonSmile program when shopping Amazon. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Appalachian Black Bear Rehabilitation And Release Center (ABR’s legal name) at no cost to you!
Thank you for helping us help bears. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

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We live in Townsend, three miles up a mountain and I use Amazon smile ABR a LOT!! You can also see how much of a donation your purchases generate. We also have ABR connected to our Kroger discount card and donations are generated by what we spend there, too. Just a couple of ways to support this worthy cause - the little bears. ❤️🐻❤️

Oh poor Curators! These 10 cubs have really shown you a lot of “firsts” during their stay 😂. I don’t think Boody will give up the origin of his new favorite toy! He sure did seem to enjoy it though! Wishing all a blessed and “peaceful” day! 🐻❤️🐻💗🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

So cute!!!! They do like to play! Yesterday there was a mama and cub in our neighborhood and the cub had a squished soccer ball in his mouth throwing it back and forth!!!⚽️💗

Have a great Thursday curators and cubbies. 🐻🐾❤️

Wonderful that Boudreax has so much fun with his new mysterious toy 😃💖!

Wonderful narrative! Wonder-full bears!

Love these photos! He’s not you’re average bear!

Thanks for sharing all the cute pictures of Boudreaux and his “new toy”” glad all our chubby cubs are doing well today💕🐻🐾

He definitely had a good time with the new found toy! 🐻

I hope there is video of this!

A simple rubber ring brought hours of playtime.

Hysterical 😄love the posts! Thank you for all you do 💜🐻

That chubby🤣 tummy! 🤣

Where was his sister during all of this play??

I didn’t know about Kroger. I will ask about that next time.

Precious pics of 🐻 playing with the rubber thingy❤️❤️

Love it!!

Actually, I believe Boudreaux shimmied up the forbidden tree, found an exit point, sauntered down into Townsend to Ace Hardware, searched for a favorite toy, went back to ABR, back into the wild enclosure, down the forbidden tree...and began gleefully playing with his contraband. The end.🐻🐻🐻 Poor gray haired curators 😂


It looks like the seal off of a piece of culvert where you put two pieces together

What a mess he is!! And what a joy these pictures bring to us all! Thank you and I'm sure your grey hair is earned!! The fear of his falling backward off that fire hose "seat" had to be real!! Thank you for sharing the saga of the rubber ring!! 🙂

Thanks for sharing.

It’s so easy to register for Amazon Smile, and my escalating credit card balance is a testament to how much I’ve personally contributed to ABR over the years! 😱😂

I love the professionalism and terminology of "rubbery ring". I am going to Google it.

I am still laughing!!! Boudreaux is such a character! Thank you for new insights into my adopted boy! I'm proud of his creative use of things...🤣🤣🤣

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

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So happy to be off today so I can watch this live session with you and the bears❤️🐻❤️

This little big gal is amazing....she has overcome so much in her short life

I grew up in the southern suburbs of Chicago 👍

Thank you for the great videos & effects

Thank you David, Ashley, and Coy.

Can you have a shirt designed when B&B leave with them in Bear Force One waving goodbye to ABR?

I love the special effects, keep them coming! <3

PBS has a special tonight all about bears

Great job everyone!

Thank you, curators!

Do you know whatever happened to the piece of ripped tarp these guys had awhile back?

Hello Curators much love from Kentucky.

Looks like a lovely fall day for the cubs <3

I wish i could donate... but y'all are great. You'll be in my prayers

Love the special effects. Thank you❤️🐻❤️

Thank you Curators!!

Noswaith Dda (good evening to u all from Cymru 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

In a landscape like this, the nose on a bear goes into over drive

Will you have to replace the tree collar near Milo’s stump that the bears have loosened now or will you wait until they are released?

Always time to wrestle!

It’s so good to see Beignet close up ❤️❤️❤️❤️🐻

Need a wrestling special effects for the Beary triplets

By watching any of the cubs, do they favor one front paw over the other for moving things on the ground or eating etc or use both most of the time?

The Bearys are so full of energy still!

My kind of girl: breakfast in bed 😂

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

We’re glad we got to see The Beary Triplets last night. It’s reassuring to know they haven’t constructed a catapult to launch themselves over the fence or created a weapon of mass destruction from acorn shells. One of The Bearys climbed up to The Tire Bridge (they can still squeeze through) and crossed it to the Resting Platform. Care of ABR property has never been a priority for any resident cub and this one decided it would be fun to rip bark off a tree. Bears do this to get at the sap beneath and to the insects that live there. That’s what it says in our bear books but we’d add the joy of vandalism to the list. There’s no legal redress to be had; cubs are notoriously broke and leave no forwarding address so we can’t serve them with a court order. Even if we could, they’d just shred it. Never mind, it is we who serve at their pleasure and the Enclosures will recover… eventually. 🤞🌳

Beignet and Boudreaux didn’t visit the Acclimation Pen last night, but we hope they’ll continue to pop in and out until they feel comfortable enough to linger. The Five Cubs in Wild Enclosure #2 slept together on the resting platform and were up early to forage. They’re getting plumper by the day. We’d like our tarp back (they tore it off the Acclimation Pen) but cubs aren’t big on returning stolen goods.

We hope you’ll tune in for the curators’ Facebook live broadcast this afternoon at 3pm EST. If not, the session will be available to view anytime after it ends. Should the live broadcast be cancelled, we’ll be back tonight with our regular evening post. Thank you for helping our little cubs become big, little delinquents.❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

ABR’s holiday ornaments, cards, and 2020 calendar are on sale now. Please click on this link for the calendar:

This one for the ornaments and cards:

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Love the commentary! You need to write a beary book! 😄🥰

Welcome back to our favorite commentator! Missed you! Love your take on the Beary hoodlums 😂! I’m still pessimistic about B & B settling on that nice condo in the AP to den in. After all, that would make it too easy for the curators to monitor them, and we long time ABR groupies know that is not how this works. Bears rule!! Have a blessed and peaceful rest of the day 🐻❤️🐻💗🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Ben, you should write children’s books - The Adventures of the Hartley, the Beary Triplets, Beignet and Boudreaux, etc. They could be another fundraiser.

So good to have you back, Ben! The curators did an admiral job while you were on vacation, but nobody can tell the cubby story like you!!!!!💜🐻💜🐻💜🐻💜🐻💜

❤️🐻❤️😂 Omgosh!! This is one of the cutest updates I have read so far!! You guys rock!!

Welcome back Ben! Looks like everyone and everything is going well at ABR! Love those chubby cubbies! They make my day!

Welcome back Ben, I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing break. As soon as I started reading this post I knew you were back. 😍 Another hilarious story with the photos, thanks for the laughs. 😍

Have a great Wednesday curators and cubbies. Hope to see you at 3pm today. ❤️🐻🐾

If anyone has a not so good day- go to ABR and look at the cubs ,will put a smile on your day😊

What a truly funny update and picture commentaries! Made my morning. Thank you for sharing our delinquents antics...they are truly wild!💕

I absolutely LOVE these narratives. Thank you....

Happy update! The Beary’s are always entertaining 😂. Especially the never ending wrestling matches ❤️

Awesome update! As always, appreciate the content & wit!! I truly appreciate ALL that you all do.❤️

Love love these posts!! They make our days lively and when I am walking in bear country I am always looking for signs of “bear antics!”

Those Beary kiddos are so entertaining! ❤️🐻🐻🐻❤️

Oh those Beary Triplets 🐻🐻🐻♥️♥️♥️

These babies are so full of energy. Love watching them play. Thank you ABR for taking care of our babies.

This posting was too funny. The wording is so cute. Thank you for making things so funny and adventurous!! 😊😀😄

Ah, methinks Ben is back😊... just catching up on these pesky little juvenile delinquents. The curators sure have their hands full😱

I don't know who writes the daily posts(Coy, Dave,etc) but whoever writes these on a daily needs some kind of award for creative writing!!! They are great! These posts make me laugh so hard, following along almost as if I were there with the bears! Great job ABR! From bear care to bear writing's you are the best people for the job!

Every last one of them, Hooligans!❤

I would not be surprised at anything The Beary's conjured up🤩

So thankful for the new camera system so we can see what the night activities are!

Love those little delinquents.

Welcome back, Ben!

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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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