Black Bear cub #17-2065

Admission Date: 
August 8, 2017
Location of Rescue: 
Patrick County, VA
Cause of Admission / Condition: 
Orphaned
Prognosis: 
Good
Patient Status: 
Current Patient

On August 8, an officer with the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries brought an orphaned male cub from Patrick County to the Wildlife Center. The cub was bright, alert, and feisty and weighed in at 9.6 kg. Dr. Alexa, one of the Center’s veterinary interns, examined the cub, and found him to be mildly dehydrated, but otherwise healthy. Radiographs and blood work were within normal limits. The bear was given fluids and Dr. Alexa placed an orange identification tag in each of the cub’s ears before moving the young bear to the Center’s Large Mammal Isolation enclosure.

The team will monitor the bear’s appetite and attitude during the next few days. Since the bear is less than 10 kg, the rehabilitation team isn’t comfortable moving him into the Bear Complex with the other cubs quite yet, but the cub will be moved into the Complex with the other eight cubs when he is large enough.

Your special donation will help the Center to provide long-term rehabilitation care to this young cub … and all of the patients admitted in 2017. Please help!