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Bear Cub That Was Dehydrated Is Now Healthy And Has A Foster Bear Mom

“Look what the dog drug home!,” a family dog in Washington County brought an orphaned bear cub to it’s owners. The baby, which weighed only 540g (or about 1.2 lb) was found dehydrated, with mom nowhere to be seen. But there’s always justice in the animal world!

The bear cub was immediately transported to the Wildlife Center of Virginia. Here, the devoted rehabilitation team put him into an incubator and started the refeeding process. “It’s a great example of all of us working together to provide what a wild animal needs most!” said Amanda Nicholson, the director of outreach at the Wildlife Center, in an interview with Bored Panda.

Will they stay friends with the savior dog? Our previous animal friendship stories suggest the answer is ‘yes.’

Bored Panda spoke to Amanda Nicholson, the director of outreach at the Wildlife Center where the bear cub was treated. Good news, everyone! “The black bear cub was successfully fostered on Wednesday! He’s out in the wild with a new mom now.” Sit back, relax and keep on reading.

Luckily, the baby bear was found healthy. “It is fairly common for us to receive wild animals that have been picked up by pets, but it’s uncommon that they are uninjured. Sadly, we see a significant number of injured wildlife from free-roaming housecats, and dogs will also often disturb nests of some ground-dwelling wildlife.”

“We treat more than 3,000 wild animals each year in our hospital; a number of animals come to us sick or injured, and we have a veterinary team at the ready to provide whatever treatment or surgery is necessary. We also receive a number of healthy orphaned animals, and our rehabilitation staff will raise them until they are old enough to survive on their own back in the wild. In the case of this bear, we settled him into an incubator and calculated a ’round-the-clock feeding schedule with a specialized formula to meet his nutritional needs.”

The baby black bear cub might weigh barely as much as a loaf of bread today, but once he turns into a fully grown adult, his weight might skyrocket up to 250kg. In addition, he will be flipping boulders weighing over 140kg with a single paw. That said, if you’re scared of meeting one face-to-face, it’s best to avoid forested mountainous regions. Black bears could easily be Olympic gold medalists in both climbing and swimming. They love scaling trees and taking refreshing showers. Of course they do—there are plenty of unsuspecting fish in that muddy water.