Black Bear cub #13-0889

May 14, 2013
January 27, 2014
Rescue Location
Botetourt County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Fractured femur
Former Patient
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On May 13, a homeowner saw a young bear cub near his home in Botetourt County – with no sign of the Black Bear sow. The cub was headed toward the highway – so the homeowner rescued the bear and called the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The cub was transported to the Center on the morning of May 14.

Dr. Rich Sim, the Center’s veterinary fellow, examined the cub upon admission. The cub was extremely thin and dehydrated – and radiographs revealed a fracture of the bear cub’s right femur. Dr. Rich suspects that the injury, which is approximately two weeks old, may have prevented the young cub from keeping up with her mother. The fracture is already healing, so no surgery or treatment will be needed; at this point, the bear needs to gain weight. The rehabilitation staff will be feeding the female cub three times a day. The cub currently weighs 2.03 kg.

This Black Bear cub, patient #13-0889, brings the current tally of Black Bear cubs to 12. Once a fecal examination has confirmed that the bear does not have any internal parasites, the cub will be introduced to Bear cubs #13-0874 - #13-0876.

At the Wildlife Center, we treat to release. Your donation will help support the Center’s life-saving work with this young Black Bear … and with the many other Black Bears residing at the Center this summer! 

Patient Updates

On the morning of May 18, Black Bear cub #13-0889 appeared to be much brighter. The rehab staff bottle-fed the cub and reported that she was eating much better than she was the previous day. The vet staff moved her out of the Center’s critical care chamber and into a regular enclosure in the Center’s holding room. The cub remains bright and alert.

The rehabilitation staff noted that Black Bear #13-0889 was not as bright and alert on Thurday, May 16 – though the bear was still eating. On the morning of May 17, the bear-feeders noted that the thin cub was very weak and not able to stand well. Dr. Rich Sim, the Center’s veterinary fellow, drew blood from the cub to run a basic complete blood count. While the bear is slightly anemic, bloodwork results did not offer an explanation as to the bear’s weakened state. The bear was placed in the Center’s critical care chamber. The staff will continue to monitor the young cub.