Arguably the smallest cub at ABR, little Piccola is in a Wild Enclosure by herself.  She was in a fragile state when she had surgery to repair a perforated intestine, but she responded well to her treatment and stay in the Red Roof Recovery Center.  When it was time for a Wild Enclosure she was deemed too small to join the rowdy, larger cubs in Wild Enclosure #4, which is why she is alone in #3.  The curators hope to have the go-ahead from the UT vets to soon release Dash Bear into Piccola’s enclosure.  Today we have some photos of our smallest cub.

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Piccola comes out to the pool to get a drink.

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She hasn’t been seen swimming, but she does like to drink from the pool.

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She balances on the edge of the pool. Bears have excellent balance.

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Enlarged photo to better show little Piccola.

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Piccola Bear heads back to the undergrowth.

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In no time, she blends into the shadows and disappears.

We hope that Dash Bear will be able to join Piccola soon.  It will be good for both cubs to have a playmate .