10-Month-Old Cubs – Contrasts

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We have referred to the “first wave” cubs (those admitted earlier in the year)  and “second wave” cubs (the very small, malnourished cubs admitted recently).  Today we have photos to show how very different these two groups of cubs appear.  It is hard to believe that they are all the same age!

An example of the “second wave” cubs is this image of our newest arrival, Linus Bear in his private acclimation pen.


Linus is eating his medicine-laced applesauce and other yummy foods.


Another recent arrival is Acorn Bear, who is still in The Cub House.

Acorn Bear

Acorn Bear in crawl space of The Cub House.

Another recent admission, Tucker Bear, was recently released into a Wild Enclosure.  He is finding good food there.


Tucker Bear forages in the Wild Enclosure.


Now, by way of contrast, let’s look at a couple of the “first wave” cubs.  Here is Petal Bear, who has become a beautiful, healthy, chubby cubby.


Petal Bear has grown!


Probably the largest cub currently residing at ABR, Charley B is a handsome boy.  The way he is sitting in this photo is typical of how adult male bears often sit.  However, as large as Charley B appears, he IS still a cub, and would look pretty small beside an adult male bear.

Charley B

Charley B practices his “big bear sit.”


The “first wave” cubs have had the benefit of good food and proper nutrition during their months at ABR while the “second wave” cubs were struggling to survive on meager natural food until very recently.  We can easily see the differences in their sizes as well as the condition of their coats.  The “second wave” cubs will thrive at ABR and we shall see amazing results in a few weeks.