Black Bear cubs #15-0503 and #15-0504

May 4, 2015
April 20, 2016
Rescue Location
Alleghany County, Virginia
Cause of Admission/Condition
Suspect orphaned
Former Patient
Patient photo

Last Updated

On the evening of May 4, two more Black Bear cubs were admitted to the Wildlife Center. The cubs were found in Alleghany County; homeowners heard the cubs crying for several days. The homeowners set up a trail cam, but no sow was seen. The cubs were kept by people for several days before they were transported to the Wildlife Center.

Dr. Meghan, the Center’s veterinary intern, examined the cubs when they arrived. Both male cubs were bright, alert, feisty, and healthy. Cub #15-0503 was tagged with a white ear tag, and weighed in at 2.98 kg. Cub #15-0504 was marked with a pink ear tag; he weighed in at 3.34 kg. Both cubs were placed in a zinger crate in the Center’s holding room and drank electrolytes from a bowl.

The following morning, Dr. Meghan and team anesthetized the cubs for radiographs and blood work; results were within normal limits. The cubs will be moved to Bear Pen 1 for several days, so Dr. Kelli can work with them on drinking formula from a bowl. The two new cubs will likely join the four other cubs in Bear Pen 3 later this week.

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

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