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.
Curators Haley and Cole joined volunteers Pam and Robin today in the muscadine patch. Everyone picked and picked, and the cubs received six big tubs plus two five-gallon buckets full of the delicious fruit! We thank the generous Townsend homeowners who allow us to pick all the grapes for our cubs. Muscadines are a sweet cubby favorite.
Our cubs are busy eating, but they take plenty of time to play and wreck the ABR facility. It's all in a day of cubby work.
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There is a local muscadine patch in Townsend, Tennessee whose owners graciously welcomed ABR out to pick grapes for the bear cubs. Earlier this morning, Curators Tom, Haley, and Cole prepped the muscadine rows for a harvest by pruning the vines back. Pruning makes picking the ripe fruit much easier, which they will go on to do tomorrow. Muscadines are a native grape variety that grows in the southeastern United States. While most other soft mast dwindles this time of year, muscadines ripen from early August through September, making them a refreshing fall treat for bears and humans alike! We are very grateful to our local friends who share their patch with our bear cubs. 😀🐻
Speaking of wonderful people, last night Executive Director, Dana Dodd, and Curator Haley attended an annual customer appreciation event put on by The Trust Company. Appalachian Bear Rescue had an education table set up and our Land Rover Defender was a part of the centerpiece! We met many great people at this event in Knoxville and are grateful to have been invited.
As far as the bears go, everyone is doing well and looking ROUND. Caramel seems to have discovered the “Swingy Dinghy” in Wild Enclosure #1. We will include footage of this in our Facebook Live on Wednesday. Thank you for your support in giving our bear cubs a second chance!!
The cubs were up early this morning, face down eating apples, peanuts, chestnuts and acorns. They will stay busy eating most of the hours that they are awake. It's time to put on pounds in anticipation of winter in a den. Our cubs get an A+ in Hyperphasia 101.
The rest of the ABR crew is busy too. We will attend a partner event later today and we're taking the Land Rover Defender. That means the Defender got a thorough bath this morning. It's shiny and the big stuffed bears at Trillium Cove are packed and ready to travel.
We hope to see all of you at the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival next weekend on Friday and Saturday. We and our partner TWRA will have tents with lots of BearWise information. Stop by and say hello!
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Just like every year, I seem to be going into hyperphagia like the cubs! That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it 😂. Everyone is looking so healthy, with such beautiful fur. I’m sure the Land Rover Defender will be a big hit. It has already done so much good for our bears. 🙏🏻🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐾🐾
They're looking ready to be released soon!
I love watching what these bears do ‼️
We love you guys too and are so thankful for you all.
I LOVE following the cute little bears!
Nia Bia Bearpaw
💕 💕 💕!!!!!
Was in Townsend this weekend. Saw the Defender at Apple Valley Cafe and we went by the visitors ' center and got one of the new shirts and a Christmas ornament. My friend didn't know about ABR except she knew I support y'all. She doesn't wear t-shirts but she bought one and a little stuffed bear because she said, " I know it goes to a great cause. " I forgot to get the name of the volunteer working on Friday. She was very helpful and answered my friend's questions.
They are just beautiful, getting nice and chubby🐻😊🙏👍I hope you have a great day, thank you for the pictures and update❤🙏🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻❤👍
I’ll bet the Defender will be very attractive with the big stuffie bears inside! 😁❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻
Do bears that live more southern ,like Fla, hibernate? My wild racoons, mid Tn. rarely topor, maybe 3 days last year.
We're starting to see acorns and nuts falling in our area. Curator Bailey stopped at a chestnut oak tree and picked up some acorns just this morning. Supporters are picking up nuts for the cubs too. Bailey picked up two tubs of beautiful chestnuts from a supporter this morning too. Acorns and chestnuts mean happy cubs!
We want to thank Blount County today. The County paved our road this week and we are thrilled. No more bumpy rides for curators or cubs!
Have you checked out the new products in our online store? Every purchase supports our cubs on their journey back to the wild where they belong. Support Burrito and Tamale Bear with a jar of Bearrito Salsa. Support Flapjack Bear with Flapjack Maple Syrup on your pancakes. Don't miss HoneyBunny Clover Honey and Bear Jam (a Cades Cove specialty). You can find the products at this link or stop by to visit us at our Trillium Cove Visitor & Education Center store. appalachian-bear-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/edibles
What a wonderful video! I have to go shopping 😊❤️🙏🏽
Thankful for a good hard mast year & all ABR does for cubs!!
Yay.....wow what a difference paving that road makes. I remember thinking “ I don’t see how this bus can make it on this road” when it took us to ABR for the tour.
I'm so happy for you all getting your road paved! That would truly make a difference ❤️
I've been meaning to go to the site & now I definitely will! How wonderful to have yummies to help support the bears even more! Great idea! Love the video like always. You all are still so amazing in what you do! 🐻❤️🐻❤️
Yay for the acorns falling👍👏🐻❤Oh I bet it's really nice having a nice smooth drive now that the road is paved👍Loved the video, thank you❤🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🙏🏻
Nugget seems to enjoy her solitary dip in the pool.
It's been a busy day at ABR today. The cubs are grabbing a last snack for the day and some are heading to the resting platforms for the night. The cubs were busy all day...busy eating and busy playing. The rest of the ABR crew were busy too. Curators Cole and Bailey were off to pick lots of apples this morning. They got three more tubs of them for the Cubby Cooler. JoAnne and Dana were busy at the Visitor & Education Center. We received a bunch of new items for the Visitor Center store in the past few days. If you visit us in person or in our online store, you'll find new Defend The Cubs autumn tees and ballcaps in new colors. We also added Turnip Bear to the adoption list.
Next weekend, we will be at the Townsend Fall Heritage Festival on Friday and Saturday. JoAnne has been busy getting everything ready for the festival. Curator Haley is working with our ABR Volunteers to schedule our event team. We hope you will come by to see us next weekend if you are in our neck of the woods. We will also be open at our Trillium Cove Visitor & Education Center. Our hours at Trillium Cove are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday from 10-4. We hope to see you there too.
Website looks great!! I’m a particular fan of the Bearrito salsa! 😀
The new shirt came out great. Saw the picture when I visited. Love the bigger sizes too
See you at Bear 5K!
Maybe next weekend, too.
Yay to you all 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻!
I received my t-Shirt and wore it today. It is so comfy like all the shirts I’ve gotten from ABR. I may need to order another one in green. 🙂
I’m holding out to order. Any news when the 2024 calendars will be available? I’m assuming there will be a 2024 calendar. ♥️🐻♥️
Am Sharing this Post with Friends. To a very Successful Upcoming event. 😃🐻🐻🐻🐻🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲💛💞💚💛
Nice t-shirts 👍🐻
Does anyone have the link for voting
I just ordered the new tee! Love all my ABR tees. They hold up so well. I really think my all time favorite is the Peace Love Cubs Christmas tee!
Will Tim Weberding be doing a Christmas ornament this year?
Lots of things going on with ABR. Love all the new merchandise choices 🙏🏻🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐻♥️🐾🐾
Love the new shirts!
Those new t-shirts are nice.
Everyone is busy! I hope you get a lot of interested people at the Heritage Festival and at your Trillium Cove Visitor & Education Center. 🤞🤞🤞
When will the 2024 calendars be out?
Can’t seem to find shirt sizing. Can someone help?
Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful sweeties!
All of them look so beautiful and healthy 😍
Breakfast in bed.
Breakfast in bed 👍
The cubs sure have chewed through the ladder footing!
Well helloo Puddin bear, Caramel bear, Sprout bear, Cricket bear, Turnip bear soo Happy to see You Cubbies growing n thriving. 😃🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲💛💞💙💚
Sweet chubby cubbies ❤️
The bird making the loudest noise and changing tunes is the official Tennessee state bird, the Mockingbird 😊
Well helloo Curator Tori, Good Morning!! Thanks sooo much for sharing the Updates on All the Cubbies. You have a Wonderful afternoon. 😃🐻🐻🐻🐾🐾🐾🌲🌲🌲
Thank you Tori! Enjoy your weekend!
Wow!! Big spider! 😱
Someone is making the tire swing sway in the breeze
Loving the cool mornings and warm days 🥰
I'm coming to the Smokies in the middle of October.
Is there a good chance to see bears in Cades Cove?
Usually come in the Spring & see so many.
Fall I never seem to have as much luck?
Are they in the higher elevations foraging for nuts?
Follow the leader!
Like Flapjack, I also didn’t want to get up this morning 😁