Recently, an Emmy-award winning program in Tennessee called WildSide aired a segment about Appalachian Bear Rescue! Click on this link to go to their website and watch the video. It was filmed during the workup and release of the three South Carolina cubs. The video is outstanding, and will give you an idea of what we do.
January 5, 2014
Tennessee doesn’t get snow as often as more northern states, but this recent cold snap has reached into the South. While we don’t have the foot or more of snow seen in other parts of the country, here are a couple of photos that show our winter look.
December 22, 2013
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In yesterday’s post you had a glimpse of the float that ABR volunteers were decorating for the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade and the Townsend Hometown Christmas Parade. Here are photos of the float, to show you how beautiful it looked. The Gatlinburg parade was at night, and we were very festive with all the lights on the float. These photos were taken just before the Townsend parade, which was held in the daytime. We are very proud to announce that we tied for first place in creativity in Gatlinburg and were the first prize winning float in the Townsend parade! Our volunteers deserve the credit for this success – there were many hours of volunteer labor behind the finished float.
In the Townsend parade, our own Curator Janet rode in the sleigh and sang Christmas songs!
December 21, 2013
Poppy Bear, our last ABR cub of 2013, was worked up for release recently. Before we show you the photos of her workup, we’ll post a couple of recent images of our last cub.
The next photos were taken on the day she was worked up to leave ABR behind and return home.
And off they went. Goodbye, Poppy Bear! Good luck in your new life!
(In the background of a couple of these photos, you can see the float that volunteers were decorating for the Gatlinburg and Townsend Christmas parades. We’ll post pictures of the completed float soon.)
December 19, 2013
After the release of Blossom Bear and Buttercup Bear, ABR was left with only one cub, Poppy Bear, in residence. Some of our friends have asked why she wasn’t released along with the other “Flower Girls.” The answer is that Poppy came from a different area, and therefore had to be released near that place. So she had to spend a few days as the only cub at ABR. She had wandered into the acclimation pen when Curator Coy was trying to lure Blossom and Buttercup inside. It was decided that it was better for her to stay there for a few days, rather than being released back into the wild enclosure and then having to be recaptured. Here are a few pictures that show Poppy Bear in the acclimation pen, enjoying the bounty of peanuts and acorns that were provided.
You probably noticed that Poppy Bear has rather unusual coloring. She has rubbed some of her fur off as she scratched herself on trees in the wild enclosure, and this gives her a somewhat patched appearance. She will grow the fur back and should have a beautiful coat by springtime.
December 17, 2013
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Yesterday we posted about the release of the two sisters, Blossom and Buttercup Bear. Here is a great video that shows the workup by the wildlife officer and Curator Coy, and then their actual release into the forest. We’re sure you will enjoy it!
December 16, 2013
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On December 3rd, two of our “Flower Girls,” Blossom Bear and Buttercup Bear were given their second chance at a wild life, when they were released into the forest. The procedures and results were well documented in these photos, taken on the day of their release.
If you remember how small they were when they arrived in August, it’s good to see them as chubby cubbies now!