We are glad to announce that the three most recent arrivals (Tedford, Derby, and Pumpkin Bear) are making progress with the help of their medications, prescribed by the UT veterinarians.  You can see in these photos that they look better already, with brighter eyes and a healthier look. As we told you, each of these cubs is housed in a separate acclimation pen, to avoid any transmission of problems from one to another.

Here is Derby Bear, with his new, red eartags.  He is a Kentucky cub, and in KY they use red eartags, while TN uses yellow.


Derby Bear with new eartags.

Derby does the “wild bear thing” and hides when he senses the nearness of a curator.

Derby hides

Derby hides from the curator.

Tedford Bear Stays up high and by the tree feature in his acclimation pen.


Tedford stays near the “tree” in his pen.

Here is Pumpkin Bear, pacing in her acclimation pen.


Pumpkin Bear paces.

When she senses a curator, she climbs up to the top of the pen.  She is a small cub.

Pumpkin climbs

Pumpkin climbs as high as she can.

These cubs are given a soft diet, and their medications are mixed into the applesauce.  Because of her broken canine tooth, Pumpkin does not get the pecans.  She’ll be able to eat them after her mouth heals.

Soft foods

Soft foods for sick cubs.

Out in the Wild Enclosures, the chubbier cub residents with their black fur contrast nicely with the fall leaf colors.

cub in tree

A black spot in the middle of the colored leaves.


These cubs show off their chubbiness.

Ellis and Juliette

Ellis and Juliette forage.

As soon as the three little cubs are well enough and have taken all their meds, they will be able to be released into a Wild Enclosure, also.