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ABR Daily Update-February 24, 2024-Twinkle and Tinsel and Chores 🐻🐻

Weather: 55F (13C) Humidity 53%, Light rain🌦

Our yearlings, Twinkle and Tinsel, have the use of two enclosures totaling about an acre. However, when talking about bears, we have to include the vertical plane since they spend so much time in trees. So, they have an acre at ground level and several forty-foot+ trees that reach to the sky. Yet given that area and all those trees, they still choose to forage near each other and often sleep in the same den. It’s no secret our yearlings aren’t fond of each other (they are as snappy as ever). They don’t play together, they don’t use the resting platforms, and have only recently discovered the profound joys of the Swingy Ball...separately. Their behavior underscores a crucial point: we have nothing to teach bears, but we have much to learn from them. Twinkle and Tinsel are teaching us how complex, idiosyncratic, and just downright weird bear behavior can be. Just like humans. 🐻 🐻

We've received numerous inquiries about the possibility of providing live camera feeds at the Trillium Cove Visitor and Education Center, particularly for viewing the cubs. While we understand the appeal and interest in live viewing, implementing this feature presents several challenges.

The primary purpose of our camera system is to enable our curators to monitor the bears without directly intruding on their space. This system includes both fixed and PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras strategically placed around the facility. Our team utilizes these cameras day and night to oversee the facility and the well-being of the bears, adjusting the cameras' positions and zooming as necessary many times a day. This technology has significantly improved our bear care practices at ABR.

However, the logistics of live streaming pose complications. Our staff at Trillium Cove lacks the resources to constantly adjust the cameras and track the bears' movements, which could potentially disrupt our curators' duties.

Despite these limitations, the camera system has a valuable secondary benefit: it allows us to capture and share photos and videos with our supporters. This process involves a collaborative effort among our team members to identify noteworthy moments, capture detailed footage, and then edit and share these visuals through our social media channels.

We are deeply committed to sharing our mission and the stories of our furry residents with our community. Your support is crucial to our work, and we are grateful for your involvement and interest in giving these bears a second chance. Thank you for joining us on this journey.❤️

❤️ Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue.
appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/

🎉 Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information.
appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑 bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.
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ABR Daily Update-February 24, 2024-Twinkle and Tinsel and Chores 🐻🐻

Weather: 55F (13C) Humidity 53%, Light rain🌦

Our yearlings, Twinkle and Tinsel, have the use of two enclosures totaling about an acre. However, when talking about bears, we have to include the vertical plane since they spend so much time in trees. So, they have an acre at ground level and several forty-foot+ trees that reach to the sky. Yet given that area and all those trees, they still choose to forage near each other and often sleep in the same den. It’s no secret our yearlings aren’t fond of each other (they are as snappy as ever). They don’t play together, they don’t use the resting platforms, and have only recently discovered the profound joys of the Swingy Ball...separately. Their behavior underscores a crucial point: we have nothing to teach bears, but we have much to learn from them. Twinkle and Tinsel are teaching us how complex, idiosyncratic, and just downright weird bear behavior can be. Just like humans. 🐻 🐻

Weve received numerous inquiries about the possibility of providing live camera feeds at the Trillium Cove Visitor and Education Center, particularly for viewing the cubs. While we understand the appeal and interest in live viewing, implementing this feature presents several challenges.

The primary purpose of our camera system is to enable our curators to monitor the bears without directly intruding on their space. This system includes both fixed and PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras strategically placed around the facility. Our team utilizes these cameras day and night to oversee the facility and the well-being of the bears, adjusting the cameras positions and zooming as necessary many times a day. This technology has significantly improved our bear care practices at ABR.

However, the logistics of live streaming pose complications. Our staff at Trillium Cove lacks the resources to constantly adjust the cameras and track the bears movements, which could potentially disrupt our curators duties.

Despite these limitations, the camera system has a valuable secondary benefit: it allows us to capture and share photos and videos with our supporters. This process involves a collaborative effort among our team members to identify noteworthy moments, capture detailed footage, and then edit and share these visuals through our social media channels.

We are deeply committed to sharing our mission and the stories of our furry residents with our community. Your support is crucial to our work, and we are grateful for your involvement and interest in giving these bears a second chance. Thank you for joining us on this journey.❤️

❤️ Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue.
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/ 

🎉 Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information. 
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑 bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.Image attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment

ABR Daily Update #2-February 23, 2024-Grateful ❤️

Weather: 58F (14C) Humidity 58%, Light rain.🌦

Thank you for your kind comments regarding the sudden passing of Carolina Bear. Very young bears are fragile, and Carolina was very young, too young to be apart from her mother. We grieve for her and her brother, Pawley, and are grateful you've chosen to stay with us to share the sorrow and joy of bear rescue🐻❤️.

Twinkle and Tinsel, our yearlings, rested in trees while it rained, came down to forage when it stopped, played a little, and pestered each other. It was, in short, an ordinary day and a comfort to us after such sadness. We're grateful for “ordinary days” and hope for many more.🐻🐻❤️

❤️ Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue.
appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/

🎉 Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information.
appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑 bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.
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ABR Daily Update #2-February 23, 2024-Grateful ❤️

Weather: 58F (14C) Humidity 58%, Light rain.🌦

Thank you for your kind comments regarding the sudden passing of Carolina Bear. Very young bears are fragile, and Carolina was very young, too young to be apart from her mother. We grieve for her and her brother, Pawley, and are grateful youve chosen to stay with us to share the sorrow and joy of bear rescue🐻❤️.  

Twinkle and Tinsel, our yearlings, rested in trees while it rained, came down to forage when it stopped, played a little, and pestered each other. It was, in short, an ordinary day and a comfort to us after such sadness. Were grateful for “ordinary days” and hope for many more.🐻🐻❤️
 
❤️ Please consider donating to Appalachian Bear Rescue.
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/ 

🎉 Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information. 
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑 bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.Image attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment

ABR Update- February 23, 2024 -Sad News 🐻💔

We’re heartbroken to inform you that Carolina Bear passed away early this morning in the ICU at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

Carolina Bear and her brother, Pawley, were brought to ABR from South Carolina on January 30, 2024. They were rescued by firefighters after a wildfire and the ensuing chaos caused their mother to flee the den. At the time of their rescue, the neonates were a few days old, with weights of 340 grams (0.75 pounds) and 454 grams (1 pound), respectively. Tragically, Pawley passed away on February 9, 2024. Carolina, having just turned one month old yesterday, appeared to be thriving until her sudden and unexpected decline. Dr. Kendall notified us at 1:47 AM today that, despite exhaustive efforts, Carolina had succumbed. Dr. Kendall expressed the team's profound dismay at her abrupt downturn after a week of promising progress. Despite the involvement of top specialists, the precise cause of her rapid decline remains unclear. Her body will be sent for necropsy. Carolina’s case underscores the fragility of neonates, who lack the reserves an older cub might draw upon in times of crisis.

We extend our deepest gratitude to the staff at UTCVM-University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, particularly the ICU team, who provided round-the-clock care and knew Carolina intimately. Our thanks also go to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for their extraordinary efforts to secure a new foster family for Carolina. Sadly, a suitable family was found too late; today was to be Carolina’s fostering day.

We thank the South Carolina DNR for their trust in sending the cubs to us, and we mourn their loss with them. Our appreciation extends to the firefighter who provided warmth to the rescued cubs, and to Dr. Glenn Adcock, and his team at Pine Street Animal Hospital in Spartanburg for administering vital fluids during the cubs' journey to ABR. To you, our partners, we are eternally grateful; without you, Appalachian Bear Rescue wouldn’t exist. We know there are times when it’s hard to be our friend; the little bears we try to help can break your heart. Thank you for sticking with us, even when it hurts.

Rest in peace, Carolina.🐻❤️

*Facebook Live with Curator Tori is canceled today. She’ll return next week at the regular time. We’ll post an update about our two yearlings, Tinkle and Tinsel, later this evening.
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ABR Update- February 23, 2024 -Sad News 🐻💔

We’re heartbroken to inform you that Carolina Bear passed away early this morning in the ICU at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

Carolina Bear and her brother, Pawley, were brought to ABR from South Carolina on January 30, 2024. They were rescued by firefighters after a wildfire and the ensuing chaos caused their mother to flee the den. At the time of their rescue, the neonates were a few days old, with weights of 340 grams (0.75 pounds) and 454 grams (1 pound), respectively. Tragically, Pawley passed away on February 9, 2024. Carolina, having just turned one month old yesterday, appeared to be thriving until her sudden and unexpected decline. Dr. Kendall notified us at 1:47 AM today that, despite exhaustive efforts, Carolina had succumbed. Dr. Kendall expressed the teams profound dismay at her abrupt downturn after a week of promising progress. Despite the involvement of top specialists, the precise cause of her rapid decline remains unclear. Her body will be sent for necropsy. Carolina’s case underscores the fragility of neonates, who lack the reserves an older cub might draw upon in times of crisis.

We extend our deepest gratitude to the staff at UTCVM-University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, particularly the ICU team, who provided round-the-clock care and knew Carolina intimately. Our thanks also go to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the 
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for their extraordinary efforts to secure a new foster family for Carolina. Sadly, a suitable family was found too late; today was to be Carolina’s fostering day.

We thank the South Carolina DNR for their trust in sending the cubs to us, and we mourn their loss with them. Our appreciation extends to the firefighter who provided warmth to the rescued cubs, and to Dr. Glenn Adcock, and his team at Pine Street Animal Hospital in Spartanburg for administering vital fluids during the cubs journey to ABR. To you, our partners, we are eternally grateful; without you, Appalachian Bear Rescue wouldn’t exist. We know there are times when it’s hard to be our friend; the little bears we try to help can break your heart. Thank you for sticking with us, even when it hurts.

Rest in peace, Carolina.🐻❤️

*Facebook Live with Curator Tori is canceled today. She’ll return next week at the regular time. We’ll post an update about our two yearlings, Tinkle and Tinsel, later this evening.

February 22, 2024: A Little Setback on Cubby Birthday

Happy Birthday to our cub and yearlings. Carolina Bear is one month old today. Twinkle and Tinsel Bear, our yearlings, are 13 months old now. Every Cubby Birthday is a huge event for orphaned and injured cubs and yearlings. We wish them and all bears a happy Cubby Birthday.

Carolina Bear and her brother Pawley Bear were orphaned as firefighters worked to extinguish a wildfire in Georgetown County, South Carolina, late at night on January 29th. Firefighters heard their cries, found them, and kept them warm and safe until biologists from the South Carolina DNR could get them to ABR the next day. Curators Cole and Haley took the cubs directly to UTCVM and they've been there in the ICU ever since. Pawley and Carolina were only about a week old when they were orphaned, far too young to lose their mother bear. Pawley Bear didn't make it, but Carolina Bear is still fighting. She's up to just over 28 ounces now and she's a good little eater.

We are so grateful to the wonderful doctors, technicians and students at UTCVM-University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Without their care and expertise, Carolina Bear would never have made it to her first month birthday. This morning, the little cub was dehydrated. The doctors are slowly rehydrating Carolina with a catheter drip. She's wearing a cone today to prevent her from pulling the catheter out. We're sure she doesn't think a cone is a great birthday present, but we are grateful she's still with us. We and the doctors are doing everything we can for her, but we are no substitute for a mother bear. We believe she will be fostered to a bear family in a den very soon.

Twinkle and Tinsel Bear are 13 months old today. The female yearlings came to ABR late in 2023, both severely malnourished. They share ABR enclosures 3&4 and they are doing well. They spend most days hanging out in close proximity and most nights in the same den, but we wouldn't call them close friends. We didn't see any evidence of wild Birthday Eve parties last night, though Tinsel Bear did dance on top of the den. Twinkle was sleeping inside, and didn't appreciate the loud neighbor upstairs. After a brief spat, the two settled into the same den for a night dreaming of birthday apples and peanuts. Both yearlings have been out foraging and sleeping high in the trees today.

Happy Cubby Birthday to Carolina, Tinsel, Twinkle and all bears that have come through ABR on their way back to the wild. Please keep them in your heart. You give them a second chance!

appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/
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February 22, 2024: A Little Setback on Cubby Birthday

Happy Birthday to our cub and yearlings. Carolina Bear is one month old today. Twinkle and Tinsel Bear, our yearlings, are 13 months old now. Every Cubby Birthday is a huge event for orphaned and injured cubs and yearlings. We wish them and all bears a happy Cubby Birthday.

Carolina Bear and her brother Pawley Bear were orphaned as firefighters worked to extinguish a wildfire  in Georgetown County, South Carolina, late at night on January 29th. Firefighters heard their cries, found them, and kept them warm and safe until biologists from the South Carolina DNR could get them to ABR the next day. Curators Cole and Haley took the cubs directly to UTCVM and theyve been there in the  ICU ever since. Pawley and Carolina were only about a week old when they were orphaned, far too young to lose their mother bear. Pawley Bear didnt make it, but Carolina Bear is still fighting. Shes up to just over 28 ounces now and shes a good little eater. 

We are so grateful to the wonderful doctors, technicians and students at UTCVM-University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Without their care and expertise, Carolina Bear would never have made it to her first month birthday. This morning, the little cub was dehydrated. The doctors are slowly rehydrating Carolina with a catheter drip. Shes wearing a cone today to prevent her from pulling the catheter out. Were sure she doesnt think a cone is a great birthday present, but we are grateful shes still with us. We and the doctors are doing everything we can for her, but we are no substitute for a mother bear. We believe she will be fostered to a bear family in a den very soon. 

Twinkle and Tinsel Bear are 13 months old today. The female yearlings came to ABR late in 2023, both severely malnourished. They share ABR enclosures 3&4 and they are doing well. They spend most days hanging out in close proximity and most nights in the same den, but we wouldnt call them close friends. We didnt see any evidence of wild Birthday Eve parties last night, though Tinsel Bear did dance on top of the den. Twinkle was sleeping inside, and didnt appreciate the loud neighbor upstairs. After a brief spat, the two settled into the same den for a night dreaming of birthday apples and peanuts. Both yearlings have been out foraging and sleeping high in the trees today.

Happy Cubby Birthday to Carolina, Tinsel, Twinkle and all bears that have come through ABR on their way back to the wild. Please keep them in your heart. You give them a second chance!

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February 20, 2024: A Midnight Snack

The doctors at UTCVM-University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine report that little Carolina Bear continues to do well. Researchers and wildlife agency partners with collared female bears are out checking den sites for a foster den opportunity for Carolina. We are optimistic that Carolina will soon have a new bear family. This is the very best option for a little neonate cub. On our best day, ABR is no comparison to Mother Bear.

Late last night, Twinkle Bear emerged from the den to do her "business". That's great den etiquette, Twinkle! She wandered off into the darkness, but the girl had a plan. She brought a midnight snack back to bed.

First thing every morning, our Curators check the camera replay to see what our bears are up to late at night. We are so fortunate to have our camera network. The cameras were generously donated by SecurityTronix and a grant from Lush Cosmetics North America helped us pay to install the network that brings the photos and videos to us and to all of you. Our Curators are able to keep a close eye on the bears and the facility without human presence near the bear enclosures. The cameras revolutionized how we care for our bears!
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ABR Daily Update- February 19, 2024-The Yearlings have a Spat. 🐻 🥊 🐻

Weather: 52F (11C) Humidity 28%, Sunny 🌞

We hope you're having a pleasant Presidents' Day. Carolina Bear is still in the ICU at UTCVM-University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Curator Haley says she's eating well and gaining weight. Our wildlife agency partners are looking for a suitable foster family for Carolina, and they've widened the search area to include neighboring states. We hope for the best.🐻🤞

Yesterday, we stated that "Tinsel NEVER comes here [ to The Forbidden Tree]. In fact, Tinsel NEVER comes to this corner of Wild Enclosure #3." We should know better than to make unequivocal statements. As soon as the post was published, we saw Tinsel visit The Forbidden Tree, not once but twice, both times in the company of Twinkle Bear. We swear they do this stuff to mock us.🐻 🐻 🤡

This morning, the yearlings had a spat. It was over a hole, or maybe what was in the hole, or maybe who the hole belonged to...we don't know. What we do know is the aforementioned hole was excavated by Tinsel, and the contents of said hole (bugs?) were being consumed by her when Twinkle stuck her snoot in, and a fracas ensued. They got very snappy with each other, but it was soon over, the hole and its contents, forgotten. The curators are watching their behavior; if it escalates past the "quarrelling sisters" stage, they will separate the yearlings into enclosures of their own.

🐻🍼 In dens all across North America, a new generation of black bears is being born. We hope they’ll never have to come to Appalachian Bear Rescue, but thanks to you, we’re ready, willing, and able to help if needed. Please consider donating.
appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/

🎉 Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information.
appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑 bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.
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ABR Daily Update- February 19, 2024-The Yearlings have a Spat. 🐻 🥊 🐻 

Weather: 52F (11C) Humidity 28%, Sunny 🌞

We hope youre having a pleasant Presidents Day. Carolina Bear is still in the ICU at  UTCVM-University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Curator Haley says shes eating well and gaining weight. Our wildlife agency partners are looking for a suitable foster family for Carolina, and theyve widened the search area to include neighboring states. We hope for the best.🐻🤞

Yesterday, we stated that Tinsel NEVER comes here [ to The Forbidden Tree]. In fact, Tinsel NEVER comes to this corner of Wild Enclosure #3. We should know better than to make unequivocal statements. As soon as the post was published, we saw Tinsel visit The Forbidden Tree, not once but twice, both times in the company of Twinkle Bear. We swear they do this stuff to mock us.🐻 🐻 🤡

This morning, the yearlings had a spat. It was over a hole, or maybe what was in the hole, or maybe who the hole belonged to...we dont know. What we do know is the aforementioned hole was excavated by Tinsel, and the contents of said hole (bugs?) were being consumed by her when Twinkle stuck her snoot in, and a fracas ensued. They got very snappy with each other, but it was soon over, the hole and its contents, forgotten. The curators are watching their behavior; if it escalates past the quarrelling sisters stage, they will separate the yearlings into enclosures of their own.

🐻🍼 In dens all across North America, a new generation of black bears is being born. We hope they’ll never have to come to Appalachian Bear Rescue, but thanks to you, we’re ready, willing, and able to help if needed. Please consider donating.
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/ 

🎉 Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information. 
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑 bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

ABR Daily Update-February 18, 2024-Cub and Yearlings 🐻 🐻🐻

Weather: 40F (4C) Humidity 41%, Partly Sunny ⛅️

Another good night for Carolina Bear! The doctors at UTCVM-University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine report she's eating well and her abscess is healing. A small abscess formed at the site where she was receiving subcutaneous fluids which she no longer needs so it should disappear soon. Good little bear. 🐻🤞

The relationship status between our yearlings, Twinkle and Tinsel, has always been... complicated. This morning, Twinkle stepped onto the Culvert Den she and Tinsel shared the night before last. Tinsel shot out the back door and ran away from her. Later, they foraged near each other, almost as if they were the best of acquaintances (friendship is unlikely). Whatever works for them is fine with us. Tinsel appears to have lost some fur in the area around her nubbin; the curators sent high-definition photos of her backside (no privacy for bear residents at ABR!) to the vets at UTCVM for their opinion. We'll see what they say.🐻🐻

On February 17, 2021, we successfully returned three neonate cubs to their biological mother, an achievement we never thought possible. She’d taken up residence in the crawl space beneath a cabin and the cabin owner generously allowed her and her cubs to stay until spring. (As a thank you, the family left the crawl space in shambles when they vacated!) While we can't return Carolina to her mother, we are hopeful that a similar reunion will be possible with a foster mother in the future. 🐻🐻🐻🐻

Please click on the link below to see a video about this historic reunion:
www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2764366523878384

If you’re not able to see the video please click on the link to see a few photos:

www.facebook.com/AppalachianBearRescue/posts/pfbid02JFTHxSXqA2awFLUmPoieFdYEvzUgeto3r6nZgTTDPMYHz...

🐻🍼 In dens all across North America, a new generation of black bears is being born. We hope they’ll never have to come to Appalachian Bear Rescue, but thanks to you, we’re ready, willing, and able to help if needed. Please consider donating.
appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/

🎉 Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information.
appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑 bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.
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ABR Daily Update-February 18, 2024-Cub and Yearlings 🐻  🐻🐻

Weather: 40F (4C) Humidity 41%, Partly Sunny ⛅️

Another good night for Carolina Bear! The doctors at UTCVM-University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine report shes eating well and her abscess is healing. A small abscess formed at the site where she was receiving subcutaneous fluids which she no longer needs so it should disappear soon. Good little bear. 🐻🤞

The relationship status between our yearlings, Twinkle and Tinsel, has always been... complicated. This morning, Twinkle stepped onto the Culvert Den she and Tinsel shared the night before last. Tinsel shot out the back door and ran away from her. Later, they foraged near each other, almost as if they were the best of acquaintances (friendship is unlikely). Whatever works for them is fine with us. Tinsel appears to have lost some fur in the area around her nubbin; the curators sent high-definition photos of her backside (no privacy for bear residents at ABR!) to the vets at UTCVM for their opinion. Well see what they say.🐻🐻

On February 17, 2021, we successfully returned three neonate cubs to their biological mother, an achievement we never thought possible. She’d taken up residence in the crawl space beneath a cabin and the cabin owner generously allowed her and her cubs to stay until spring. (As a thank you, the family left the crawl space in shambles when they vacated!) While we cant return Carolina to her mother, we are hopeful that a similar reunion will be possible with a foster mother in the future. 🐻🐻🐻🐻

Please click on the link below to see a video about this historic reunion: 
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2764366523878384

If you’re not able to see the video please click on the link to see a few photos:

https://www.facebook.com/AppalachianBearRescue/posts/pfbid02JFTHxSXqA2awFLUmPoieFdYEvzUgeto3r6nZgTTDPMYHzNVXbJxf6woAuudnAkvLl

🐻🍼 In dens all across North America, a new generation of black bears is being born. We hope they’ll never have to come to Appalachian Bear Rescue, but thanks to you, we’re ready, willing, and able to help if needed. Please consider donating.
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/ 

🎉 Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information. 
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑 bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.Image attachmentImage attachment+8Image attachment

ABR Daily Update #2 -February 17, 2024-The best we can offer.🐻🐻🐻❤️

Weather: 42F (6C) Humidity 54%, Cloudy ☁️

Carolina Bear had a good day. Curator Haley visited the ICU at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) to assist in feeding Carolina. Our curators are keen on becoming accustomed to holding and feeding her to ensure a smooth transition when she arrives at ABR. Haley mentioned that they introduced a new nipple to Carolina, but she was not receptive, which is not surprising since black bear cubs often exhibit similar behavior with their mothers. Carolina has already shown a preference for her favorite bottle nipple and knows what she wants. Her abscess is healing well, and although her eyes are not yet open, it seems they will be soon as she is attempting to blink. Carolina has gained a bit of weight, and we are cautiously optimistic about her future. Given her age and fragility, cautious optimism is the best we can offer.🐻🤞

Twinkle and Tinsel, the two female yearlings, spent much of the day foraging in areas hidden from our cameras. However, Miss Twinkle frequently visited The Forbidden Tree, which is off-limits to bears due to its proximity to the fence, posing a risk of escape. Despite her attempts to climb it, she was unsuccessful. We understand her desire to leave, but releasing her and Tinsel at this time of year isn’t a good idea. It’s late to hibernate and we’d be concerned they would deplete their fat reserves searching for food that isn’t there. We hope for their patience for just a few more weeks. It’s the best we can offer. 🐻🐻🤞

We are immensely thankful for Harrison Concrete! They have been a steadfast ABR partner and sponsor for many years. They generously donated concrete for the Cubby Cooler and Hartley House, and amidst supply chain challenges post-lockdown, they came to our rescue by providing concrete for the new Cub House addition. Some locals have noticed a cement truck bearing our logo and wondered about ABR's involvement. To clarify, we do not have a side gig (neither do our bears). In an incredibly generous act, Harrison Concrete featured our logo on one of their trucks to help raise awareness about our mission. We are deeply grateful!❤️🐻

🐻🍼 In dens all across North America, a new generation of black bears is being born. We hope they’ll never have to come to Appalachian Bear Rescue, but thanks to you, we’re ready, willing, and able to help if needed. Please consider donating.
appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/

🎉Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information.
appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑 bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

*We post one update daily, seven days a week.
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ABR Daily Update #2 -February 17, 2024-The best we can offer.🐻🐻🐻❤️

Weather: 42F (6C) Humidity 54%, Cloudy ☁️

Carolina Bear had a good day. Curator Haley visited the ICU at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine (UTCVM) to assist in feeding Carolina. Our curators are keen on becoming accustomed to holding and feeding her to ensure a smooth transition when she arrives at ABR. Haley mentioned that they introduced a new nipple to Carolina, but she was not receptive, which is not surprising since black bear cubs often exhibit similar behavior with their mothers. Carolina has already shown a preference for her favorite bottle nipple and knows what she wants. Her abscess is healing well, and although her eyes are not yet open, it seems they will be soon as she is attempting to blink. Carolina has gained a bit of weight, and we are cautiously optimistic about her future. Given her age and fragility, cautious optimism is the best we can offer.🐻🤞

Twinkle and Tinsel, the two female yearlings, spent much of the day foraging in areas hidden from our cameras. However, Miss Twinkle frequently visited The Forbidden Tree, which is off-limits to bears due to its proximity to the fence, posing a risk of escape. Despite her attempts to climb it, she was unsuccessful. We understand her desire to leave, but releasing her and Tinsel at this time of year isn’t a good idea. It’s late to hibernate and we’d be concerned they would deplete their fat reserves searching for food that isn’t there. We hope for their patience for just a few more weeks. It’s the best we can offer. 🐻🐻🤞

We are immensely thankful for Harrison Concrete! They have been a steadfast ABR partner and sponsor for many years. They generously donated concrete for the Cubby Cooler and Hartley House, and amidst supply chain challenges post-lockdown, they came to our rescue by providing concrete for the new Cub House addition. Some locals have noticed a cement truck bearing our logo and wondered about ABRs involvement. To clarify, we do not have a side gig (neither do our bears). In an incredibly generous act, Harrison Concrete featured our logo on one of their trucks to help raise awareness about our mission. We are deeply grateful!❤️🐻

  🐻🍼 In dens all across North America, a new generation of black bears is being born. We hope they’ll never have to come to Appalachian Bear Rescue, but thanks to you, we’re ready, willing, and able to help if needed. Please consider donating.
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/make-a-donation/ 

🎉Our Visitor & Education Center at Trillium Cove is open! Please click on the link for more information. 
https://appalachianbearrescue.org/contact-us/

🛑 bearwise.org offers excellent information on what black bears are up to at this time of year and what to do if you hike or live in “Bear Country”.

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