Black Bear #15-0458

April 28, 2015
April 19, 2016
Rescue Location
Page County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Separated from mother
Former Patient
Patient photo

Last Updated

On April 27, a small bear cub was seen in a tree in Page County, Virginia. There were reports of an injured adult bear within a mile of the cub, but upon further investigation, no adult bear was seen. Citizens left the cub in the tree overnight, and on the morning of April 28, the cub reportedly fell out of the tree. The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries was called, and transport was arranged to get the cub to the Wildlife Center.

Dr. Helen Ingraham, the Center’s veterinary intern, examined the cub when it arrived. The small male cub was bright and alert, and appeared to be walking normally. On the cub’s physical examination, Dr. Helen found crepitus [a crackling and popping sound] when she palpated the cub’s wrists and elbows. No abnormalities were seen on radiographs. Blood work revealed that the cub was anemic. The cub weighed 2.3 kg.

Dr. Helen gave the cub fluids and an anti-inflammatory and placed the tiny bear in the Center’s holding room for the night. Dr. Kelli, the Center’s assistant veterinary director, offered the cub a bowl of electrolytes, which the cub drank. Dr. Helen and Dr. Kelli will continue to monitor the cub’s gait for the next few days.

For more photos and updates, see our Black Bears of 2015 patient page!

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