On Friday, July 22, a woman was driving past the Wildlife Center of Virginia and saw the car in front of her hit both a Black Bear sow and a cub as they crossed the road. The sow spun around and continued into the woods just off of the road; the cub remained motionless at the side of the road. The woman immediately came into the Center's lobby to report the incident.
Dr. Dave, the Center's director of veterinary services, and rehabilitation intern Tori quickly gathered safety equipment and went to investigate. They saw the sow and a healthy cub in the woods; the cub that was hit by the vehicle was still alive. They quickly captured the cub, jumped into the truck of the person who saw the entire incident, and brought the young bear into the Center's hospital for emergency treatment.
The cub was bleeding from the mouth, and radiographs showed a jaw fracture and internal bleeding. The female cub weighed in at 12.5 kg and is in very grave condition. Dr. Dave and licensed veterinary technician Leigh-Ann are attempting to administer life-saving treatment.