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1 hour ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Current weather: 23F (-5C) partly sunny

Our resident bears treat the culvert dens we provide with a mixture of curiosity and indifference. They like to play in them, climb on them, tear them apart (if they can) but don’t use them as bedrooms. It might be it's because the culvert dens have a reputation for enjoying a cub or two for lunch. If they do (and we can’t say they don’t), plump cubs don’t agree with their digestive system. Any cub who ventures inside is inevitably spat out. Last night, King B confronted the Culvert Den in Room #1 of Hartley House. Warily, bravely he climbed into its jaws and spent about an hour and fifteen minutes in the belly of the beast before he, like all who entered before, was spewed out. Brave cub! We wonder why culvert dens keep snacking on little bears when they cause such profound indigestion? 🤔

We had a mild earthquake yesterday at 2:12 pm, measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale. Most humans didn’t feel it but we wondered if our bears did. We couldn’t see the three cubs in Enclosure #4 but found King B sitting on his firehose hammock. If he did feel the earth shake, he could attribute it to the swingy properties of his hammock and likely hoped it would happen again.

Beignet, Boudreaux, and Jessamine are foraging, but not with the same urgency as they did during hyperphagia. Reintroducing food (peanuts) into their enclosure has changed their behavior: their sleeping hours aren’t as predictable, though they do end up (eventually) at Jessamine’s place. Last night, Boudreaux and his sister, Beignet, foraged after dark, leaving Jessamine to rest alone on her bed. Eventually, they joined her and slept in late today.

Please check out The King B Care Package, available only in ABR's ONLINE STORE and is available as a PRE-ORDER. You will receive the package in time to deliver to your sweetheart as a special Cajun Cubby Valentine!


Thank you for helping us help our four little bears. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

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Your link for the package is not working. Might want to fix it. 😍

Glad all the cubs are doing well and weren’t effected by the earthquake hopefully Balthazar got the culvert den figured out!!!💕🐻🐾



Nia Bourdon

They have too much food available to want to den?

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1 day ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

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Current weather: 19F ( -7C) snow flurries

Balthazar Bear put thought and muscle into a project last night, that project being moving his favorite treat toy from one room of Hartley House to the other. He did rather well, and was rewarded by the toy with snacks. However, a problem arose when he tried to roll it back to the other room. It wouldn’t fit through the door. Thoughts were thunk and King B, being a practical animal, abandoned the large treat toy for the small treat ball already in Room 1. Smart little bear!

The curators are feeding Beignet, Boudreaux, and Jessamine again. They scattered one box (25 pounds) of peanuts throughout Enclosure #4 and will let the bears forage for them for a few days. The cubs sleep most of the time and this is probably as close to hibernation as they’ll get. If they were in the wild, they’d roam independent of one another, forage a little, sleep a lot, roam, forage, sleep, but their roaming is severely restricted in Wild Enclosure #4 and the curators don’t want food (or the lack of it) to induce competition between the cubs. Our little bears appreciated the peanuts and this morning, they saw snow: gentle, floaty stuff that didn’t register on our cameras. The cubs were sleeping at Jessamine’s place and didn’t move other than to raise their heads. They promptly went back to sleep.

Thank you for helping us help them. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻

Please check out The King B Care Package, available only in ABR's ONLINE STORE and is available as a PRE-ORDER. You will receive the package in time to deliver to your sweetheart as a special Cajun Cubby Valentine!

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I never realized bears slept out in the open like that. In my area, Washington County TN which is about 60 miles NE of you there are some bears still roaming around looking for food. Just when I think it’s safe to leave my bear feeders out they get into them again.

Another great update. I hope feeding the three will help them toward "hibernating" with no hunger getting in their way. I love King B's activities!! Did we ever get any sighting of dead parasites?? I missed a couple of days of updates and may have missed that. Bless you all for your care.

Interesting that you’re refeeding. Do wild bears in the south tend to stay in a den all winter, or do they exhibit this behavior of sleeping a majority of the day and foraging a few hours? In MN, they generally stay put.

Amazing to have them and make these observations during winter.

Loved the story of Balthazar's problem solving. That food toy sure keeps him occupied for a good amount of time, which is exactly what it is supposed to do. 😍

I am sure to start feeding Beignet, Boudreaux, and Jessamine again was made with a lot of thought and input.

I know that weather doesn’t really fit into the scheme of things with hibernation and that it is prompted by a lack of food, but since these bears will be eventually be returning to a warmer climate than here, where food may be more plentiful for a longer period of time, then could this just be their normal hibernation pattern? As for little Balthazar, he is one smart little bear! 🐻❤️🐻💗🐻💗🐻❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Have a great Monday cubbies and curators. ❤️🐻🐾

"Thoughts were thunk". 😄 So glad King B is happy with his environment.

King B and the tales of his toy could be a children’s book....1st getting it in and out of the climbing structures, then to the other room 🤔...what will be next. Can’t wait to see. Thank you for always giving the bears the best care.

so happy you're feeding the 3 tubby bears, keep them well fattened up and in top form for when they go back to the wild. you guys are really thoughtful. xxxx😍

Good morning everyone! We have snow flurries in Kentucky! Glad to see that all is well at ABR! Maybe Boudreaux, Beignet and Jessamine think those snow flakes are turning into peanuts when they hit the ground! Just a thought! That King B is one smart little bear! If we watch them long enough, maybe they can teach us a thing or two!

Smart King B and full tummies for hungry chubbies 🐻🐻🐻🐻

Sharing Public on Facebook ABR, Cubbies. Good Morning Curator Janet, King B., Boudreaux, Beignet, Jessamine. You All have a Pawsome Day!🥰🐻🐻🐻🐻🐾🐾🐾🐾💚💛💞💙💜🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲

Genetics and God’s creatures. Love cubbies and ABR.💕

King B. Such a smart little bear! Bet he works on that project some more! ❤️🐻

That is kind of you to feed them. Im sure they miss any kind of food.

Yep, snow flurries in Gatlinburg as I post.❄❄ King B must be gaining a lot of strength to move that toy around. Great job King B!! As always, thank you so much for keeping our temporary residence happy and safe!!! ❤🐻🐻🐻🐻❤

King B is so smart! Lovin the nubbins!! 💗💗❤️❤️

I’m so glad you decided to feed them again since they refuse to cooperate with the total sleep program

So love this update...thank you! Balthazar is quite the character...I just live all mu cubbies!

So he glad to read they were given peanuts. ❤️❤️❤️

It amazes me how very smart these bears are.

I’m so glad he is thriving.

This winter is definitely a learning experience about cubs/yearlings hibernating at ABR! Good to have this info at hand. <3

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2 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Facebook Live with Curator Janet. January 19, 2020.
Today, we take a look back in ABR history at years 2001-2002. We also check in on our resident bears: 283 (Boudreaux), 284 (Beignet), 295 (Jessamine), and 299 (Balthazar).

You can read the original post about years 2001 and 2002 at: www.facebook.com/pg/AppalachianBearRescue/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2359006360778609
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Looks like he finally got it!!! Good boy Balthazar thank you Janet for another great weekend of Facebook live sessions hope you have a great week looking forward to next weekend safe travels home and thanks for the look back at ABR really enjoying it💕🐻🐾

Thank you, Janet! Great videos today and information on ABR history. Have a great week!

I worked with medical patients for 20 yrs. document everything! And woe be to the person who couldn’t answer a question from a doctor about a patient!

No I cannot imagine being confined in a den with The Beary Triplets 😬

This year’s crew has given us all a new level of appreciation for mama bears.....🤦🏻‍♀️🙌🏼

Well we all said this hibernation thing would be a learning experience 😉🐻

Was the person who took that cub (with the red harness) charged with anything? What a sad story. And preventable. Alas.

Are the Rajun Cajuns raking eaves at Jessamine's Place, or just her?

Janet, if you find baby bears, can you hold them until the wildlife officers get there? Or do you leave them alone?

King B lives in a toybox! Anymore toys & he'll need a third room! 😉

Sows have to go and find food to sustain herself so she can nurse the cubs. This is where humans cause issues because they think the moms abandon them.

It will be time for a nap after all of this hard work ❤️

Alrighty! May we assume that the hibernation stuff that goes on in the body is NOT going on?

I am so thankful that the Knoxville Zoo staff were long suffering

Opposable thumbs, doing their own FB Live sessions. Think you're right, Janet!

Great videos great info too! Love our history time and the former baby tales

I wonder if the life expectancy for bears who hibernate vs those who don't is longer? I don't imagine bears hibernate in Southern Florida?

Ursula, Otis, and Alvin: WHAT A PAINFUL STORY. I'm glad I've heard this story. I can't believe the zoo kept trying.

He needs that yay sound that you all used to play with some videos 😂

Thank you again Janet, Jake and Joey! Have a blessed week and stay warm 😊🐶🐶

I can only imagine how awesome everyone involved felt at the success

It seems odd to say but Gatlinburg and bears are not a good combination😢

Thank you so much. Very enjoyable videos today. Have a good week

And nothing wrong neurologically with this litle guy. (So far, so good.)

Melanie ....I had forgotten that Ash and Ember were from Grassy Fork

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3 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Facebook Live with Curator Janet. January 18, 2020.

Today, we will provide updates and video footage of Bears 283, 284, 295 (Boudreaux, Beignet, and Jessamine), and 299 (Balthazar), as well as take a look back in ABR History at Year 2000: CUBS ON THE RUN. You can read the original post about the class of 2000 bears at: www.facebook.com/pg/AppalachianBearRescue/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2356335371045708.
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Thanks Janet. I gain more respect for the bears and their ingenuity, every day, as you continue to educate us. What incredible animals.

Thank you Janet for another enjoyable afternoon at ABR. Happy to hear that all are well and happy, including the curators. 🙂

Thank you Janet for the great videos and Facebook live session 💕🐻🐾

Thank you Janet - another great broadcast!! Love the history❤️

When you talk about have smart they are I think of Milo. He knew exactly what you wanted him to do but he was determined to make you work for it. You didn’t catch him, he just decided you had suffered enough!!!

Thank you Curator Janet....see you tomorrow

Thank you again Janet, Jake and Joey! Hope you have a peaceful blessed night 🐻😊🐶🐶

Thank you Janet! Have a great evening! 🥰

Thank you so much Janet - This was so great! Have a lovely evening <3

Thanks J, J, and J! Have a great week!

Best nap place ever! Love his hammock! Thankyou Janet and all of ABR for being so good to all the nsbies who need you!💛💛💛💛

Thank you Curator Janet !!

Thank you Janet for the wonderful video of the bears! Thanks for the helpful info!!

Thank you Janet. Maybe tomorrow the donate button will return so we can donate again.

Thank you, as always Janet, another informative session

Thanks Janet and everyone at ABR!!!

Janet, have you noticed any birth defects in some of the bears?

Janet, I was just thinking how much trouble bears could get in to if they only had opposable thumbs! 😂

Thank you, Curator Janet!

Will it be hard for him to go from a climate controlled environment to wintry weather when he is released to the enclosure?

Thank you Janet 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐶🐶 See you tomorrow!

Thank you Janet. Hope to see you tomorrow.

Thank you, Janet! Thank you, ABR!

Thank you, Janet!

It will always be known as Jessamine’s tree, joining Milo’s stump and summit’s branch 👍

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4 days ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

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Can’t imagine that any other bear rescue/rehab does a better job that you guys do at ABR. ❤️

Beautiful bears! Just love them! Thanks for sharing.

Wonder if the swinging hammock mimics a tree branch in the wind?

I wondered because a Florida baby eagle just died & the parents were consuming it

I am shocked you don’t get bears from Pennsylvania and further north. Believe me we have bear issues up here in Mew England.

I’m glad that the new platforms in Enclosure 1 are flat and not rounded like these. These look lumpy and uncomfortable

It's a shame that the bears don't like those Christmas trees. 😁

I think he's trying to touch her "without touching her". Like with kids doing the "I'm not touching you" thing to get the other sibling mad.

He might have a Allergy to the pine tree that can cause wheezing has in humans ❤️🐻

He seems very smart. I mean I would think his brain would be damaged by lack of nutrition. But, this guy seems pretty perky.

Thank you Coy, Ashley and David. Have a great weekend.

He seems content with being captive. Could it be because he was so hungry and tired?

Thank you so much Curators for taking time out of your busy schedules to do this

Hi Curator Coy. Ashley and David are doing a great job

Thank you Curators David, Ashley and Coy for a great update on all the cubs enjoyed watching the videos too💕🐻🐾

Who names the bears that come to ABR? Do you take turns? Does it depend on who is there working at the time of the bears arrival?

These trees are a major hit with these youngsters. Who ever thought this up is a genius.

They are getting a nice shower to hose off the straw & diet

Thank you guys! I have to get back to work but love the videos!

Ok. Gotta go! Thanks for showing the bears. This is my first time to see them live. Great work ABR!

So glad he got great test results💕🐻🐾

Given the changing weather patterns and increasing temperatures (70 degrees in northeast Ohio last weekend) could this affect when or even if the bears will hibernate?

Wonderful how God designed their coats for warmth and water repelling.

Hello from upstate New York, thank you for all you do 🐻💜

Good morning beautiful people and wonderful 🐻💯💚 yeah Balthazar!!! 💜

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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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