On the evening of April 14, another Black Bear cub was admitted -- bringing the current cub total up to four!
Cub #17-0444, a female, was found in Bath County when someone observed her in a tree by herself. A Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries biologist was contacted. The cub was left alone to allow her the chance to reunite with her mother; unfortunately, no sow was seen and the cub was still by herself in a tree two days later. The cub's rescuer was able to capture her on Friday and brought her to the Wildlife Center.
Dr. Peach, one of the Center's veterinarians, examined the cub upon admission. The bear was bright and alert, though was a little thin and was moderately dehydrated. Dr. Peach removed several ticks from the bear's ears and gave her fluids. The cub will receive oral electrolytes and will slowly be weaned onto her special bear formula.
The bear is housed in the same room with the other young cubs; at this point, the two female cubs are housed together in one zinger crate, while the rambunctious males are housed in a different crate.