This is the assumed, official birthday of our ABR cubs. Black bear cubs are born between mid-January and mid-February, so we use January 22nd as the birthday for our cubs. It’s been snowing, so our photos show the cubs in the snowy enclosure, where they really stand out. In the summer the foliage made them hard to see, but now it’s easy to see where they are.
Here is the ABR “birthday card” to the cubs – now yearlings.
In Wild Enclosure 3, Milo and Zellie Bear rest in separate trees. They come down at dusk to forage, just like good wild bears should do.
In Wild Enclosure 1, the bears climb down to forage when they are aware that food has been thrown over the fence for them.
Joy Bear, who arrived just a few days ago, is the smallest bear onsite at present. She is in an Acclimation Pen and needs to gain some weight before she can be released outdoors.
There are two other yearlings who are out of the snow – Star Bear, who came in on the same day as Joy, is doing well – eating, eliminating, and climbing. She will doubtless be released into a Wild Enclosure very soon. Cedar Bear is still recovering in his private pen in the garage. He is coming along well.