As promised, here is the post about the release of two of our “first wave” cubs – #208 Juliette and her sister #209 Summer came to ABR in July weighing 13.3 and 11.7 pounds, respectively. They were released back into the wild on November 25th, weighing 61 and 81 pounds, respectively – quite an impressive weight gain in four months’ time. We have some photos to share about the cubs’ stay at ABR and their release.
First, we see how they looked back in July.
By August they had grown and were living in the Wild Enclosure. In this photo of Summer, we can see a bit of the white blaze on her chest. Only about one in four bears in the Smokies have a white blaze.
In September this photo showed them relaxing and appearing to be sharing a joke.
And now we have photos of their release day, starting with the workup.
Measurements and vital stats were taken.
Each cub received eartags and a lip tattoo.
The cubs were loaded onto the truck for their trip to their new home.
Each of the cubs wasted no time in running to the woods to begin their new adventure – their second chance at a wild life!
As always, we wish a long and happy life to our released cubs. They are ready for their life in the wild. Goodbye and Good luck, Summer and Juliette!