Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

ABR Video Update-December 12, 2019-“More Room in the Den” Campaign: Hartley House

This is the second in a series of videos explaining our goals for Appalachian Bear Rescue’s “More Room in the Den” Campaign. Phase #1 includes improvements to The Red Roof Recovery Center, Hartley House, new Transport Crates, and a re-think of The Cub Nursery. Phase #2 is devoted to constructing Wild Enclosure #5. Please join Curator Janet as she talks about the improvements we’ll be making to Hartley House.

We’ll post our regular evening update tonight. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻
youtu.be/pl5LRn5bLPk
... See MoreSee Less

Video image

Comment on Facebook

These videos are very informative.....thank you for all you do

Excellent video with Curator Janet explaining the needed improvements to Hartley House. 👏 The bears are always teaching the curators a thing or two. 👍

We donated to the capital campaign that built the new Cub houses and Hartley House. I am wondering why these facts about concrete flooring were not known before the project began. Certainly everyone had to know that waste would get under rubber matting, and seep into the porous floor. This gives us great concern about donating once again to this project.

Curator Janet thank you for this down to earth explanation of the plans for Hartley House. I’m sure our honored bear would be proud! 🐻❤️

6 hours ago

Appalachian Bear Rescue

Morning Edition

Beignet, Boudreaux, and Jessamine, our three 10-month-old black bear cubs, are spending the winter at ABR. We can’t presume to know their thoughts, but it seems they’re auditioning possible den sites. Beignet and Boudreaux, the Louisiana siblings, spent another night on the resting platform in Acclimation Pen #4. This location has excellent camera coverage and we hope they choose to hibernate there. Jessamine, however, seems to be preparing her favorite daybed for a longer stay. She’s been busy raking leaves and twigs into a pile near the base of a tree. Of course, she would pick a site that makes it difficult to observe her, but that’s her business. At present, it looks like Beignet and Boudreaux will den together and Jessamine by herself, as she would have done had she been released back to the wild.

It’s interesting to watch the cubs rake leaves, twigs, or straw into beds. We’ve seen this behavior countless times with former residents in the Cub House or The Recovery Center. It usually leads to “Exploding Mattress Syndrome”. Bears are born knowing how to make beds and it’s not their fault our foam mattresses don’t behave like natural bedding material.

In Enclosure #2, Bentley and Dandelion could have chosen to sleep on the resting platforms, either in Acclimation Pen #2 or out in their enclosure. Instead, they spent the night at the base of a tree. Black bears have two fur coats: an outer coat that has long guard hairs to keep out the rain and snow, and a thick, dense second coat that keeps them warm. Bears are built to withstand the elements. ❤️🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

*We post updates twice daily, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and once daily on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Please visit our online store for gift items unique to ABR!
appalachian-bear-rescue.myshopify.com
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

What I find interesting, Boudreaux and Beignet were separated for quite a while. They have spent more time apart than together (almost from day one). Boudreaux has been with Jessamine for a lot of their time at ABR. But in the end, Jessamine goes off on her own, and Boudreaux and Beignet seem to be preparing to den together. They really do know that they are siblings. I find this fascinating.

There is a long YouTube of a bear raking leaves into a den/cave. At first, it looks like shelter skelter, but that bear knew exactly what it was doing.

Thank you for all the great info this morning and the hysterical descriptive language accompanying Boudreaux 's attempts to enter the possible den...too cute!! They become more dear to me each day. Many thanks for your great coverage of all our cubbies. 😁💕

Thanks for the great pictures and info. I hope curators and cubbies have a great Thursday. ❤️🐻🐾

Where will they den?? Fascinating!!❤🐻❤

Even though Boudreaux and Beignet have still been checking out other real estate for their stay, it appears that the AP den has become a popular sleeping spot. Could we maybe have a winner here! Jessamine seems to be looking for a more solitary setting. It will be interesting to see where they all FINALLY end up! Love seeing our Dandelion and Bentley too! 🐻❤️🐻💗🐻💗🐻❤️🐻💗🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Always learn something from your posts. I didnt know black bears denned on the ground. I wonder if ours do, SW CO?

I was happy to see Beignet and Boudreaux back in the spot close to cameras! Keeping my fingers crossed that this is where they den knowing full well they could change their minds. Jessamine appears to be making herself a nice comfortable spot. Good to see all remaining bears doing well. ❤🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻💜

Thanks for morning update on our sweet cubs looks like our out of town guests are preparing for their long winters nap thanks for sharing the great pictures too!!💕🐻🐾

Golly these are beauteous bears!!

Amazing and awesome commentary!! We are truly blessed with all you guys do for these little chunky guys! ❤️

I really hope Jasamine will den near Boudreaux and Beignet. Every update you provide some type of knowledge about the cubs or their behaviors that people can understand. And the comedy descriptions are the best!

Every time I read your posts, I learn tidbits of new knowledge. I so enjoy reading them and seeing the cubs each day!

Are the cubs of the year that are released in sibling groups likely to stay together for the first hibernation, or do they split up like yearlings do?

I can’t remember...have any other cubbies wintered over at ABR? I ❤️ ABR!!! 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

Love these bears 💗❤️

Thank you for the continuing education! It will be interesting to watch and learn about God's gentle creatures over the winter!!!!

So glad they are staying...I dont like living at the foot of Buffalo mountain....I dont understand bear hunters...just seen 4 men and 5 huge hounds harvest what looked to be about a 60lb bear...one dog was bigger than the bear...poor bear didnt have a chance.

Great post. Both entertaining and educational!

They are just beautiful! 🎄❤️🐻

Very interesting & educational post today. I am learning a lot about black bears. Thank you, ABR.

Why are the three cubs spending the winter at ABR?

We have a neighbor where a big ole papa bear has decided to den. He was told that if he ran him off, it could put the bear in danger as it would confuse him and leave him exposed to the elements. Is that true? Doesn’t seem right.

Something to add to the ABR website is a dictionary. Include things like nubbin, chonky, swingy ball, fire hose hammock, day bed, cubby pool, exploding mattress syndrome, torpor, murderlize, forbidden tree, etc. It is our secret language.

I will miss seeing B and B! Happy they are doing what comes naturally this time of year. ❤️🐻❤️🐻❤️

View more comments

Ten Days of Cubby Christmas - Day 5

Stuff a special stocking with Cubby treasures! The ABR Stocking Stuffer Special includes a pack of eight Lois Alexander Bear Picnic notecards/envelopes, a wooden ABR logo magnet, and a Danforth Pewter bear key ring. You will love the detail on the pewter bear! When you purchase the $35 Stocking Stuffer Special, you also receive a black bear BearWise magnet and a magnet notepad FREE!

appalachian-bear-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/holiday
... See MoreSee Less

Ten Days of Cubby Christmas - Day 5

Stuff a special stocking with Cubby treasures!  The ABR Stocking Stuffer Special includes a pack of eight Lois Alexander Bear Picnic notecards/envelopes, a wooden ABR logo magnet, and a Danforth Pewter bear key ring.  You will love the detail on the pewter bear!  When you purchase the $35 Stocking Stuffer Special, you also receive a black bear BearWise magnet and a magnet notepad FREE!

https://appalachian-bear-rescue.myshopify.com/collections/holiday

Comment on Facebook

Placed my order. Love the cubbies! ❤️🐻

Am sharing Public on Facebook ABR, Cubbies! Will definitely check this out! Thank you ABR for everything you do for the Cubbies so that they can return back home to the Wild. 😀🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲🌲💚💞💛💙💜

Just send me 1 of everything 🥰 🤣🤣

Load more