,Our two most recent admissions, brothers Ruff and Tumble Bear, are together again.  They had been separated so that each would have his own worm medicine in applesauce.  Since they finished their meds, they now have been reunited.


Ruff Bear at the Food Wheel.


Tumble Bear on the platform.


They seemed glad to be reunited.



When Ruff entered the pen, he went straight to the food.


The Food Wheel attracted his attention.  Note the 2 apples.


Ruff took an apple to the platform.  Then Tumble went down to get one.


Out in the enclosure, there is a “cub tree.” Soon it will have 5 cubs.

We must check on the two yearlings.


Bumble Bear is foraging.


Magnolia Bear poses nicely in her tree.

It’s just another summer day at Appalachian Bear Rescue.  All the bears are doing well.

With the addition of the two brothers, #274 (Tumble Bear) and 275 (Ruff Bear) ABR now has a population of seven bears.  Here are photos of one and all.


Cubs Bosco and Willow Bear forage together.


Viola seems to be snoozing before eating.


All three cubs are doing well.


Magnolia Bear forages in the middle of her enclosure.


Bumble B. Bear seems to enjoy his peanuts.


Time for a swim.


Then up the tree he goes.


Curators separated the two brothers to insure that each one gets his medicine.


Tumble and Ruff Bear will be together again soon.

All of the bears are doing well.  Hyperphagia will soon be here, with the nonstop eating frenzy that will put those extra pounds on them.

On August 8, ABR welcomed two more rescued bear cubs – #274 & #275, nicknamed Ruff and Tumble Bear.  The two brothers were rescued after it was found that they had been feeding on trash.  As we know, “Garbage kills bears,” which may be trite but is very true.  The wildlife officers had been alerted to a female bear (the cubs’ mother) getting into trash and they trapped her, relocated her and released her in another area.  Unfortunately, they did not realize she had cubs until too late.  The two cubs are six months old, like Viola, Willow and Bosco Bear.  They are too young to survive on their own, so they were brought to ABR.

They were transported to the UT College of Veterinary Medicine for their initial checkup and were pronounced healthy, weighing 29 and 19 pounds.


One of the two new cubs at UT.


The brothers had good checkups.

Curator Coy transported the cubs to ABR, with the usual worm meds to take for a few days.  The cubs are in the Acclimation Pen that overlooks Wild Enclosure 4, where Bosco, Willow and Viola are residing.


Ruff and Tumble get used to their new quarters.


There is a noticeable size difference between the cubs.


Ruff is the larger of the two.


Hopefully it won’t take them long to adjust .

Welcome to these new cubs.  It is sad that they couldn’t stay with their mother, but we are sure that they will soon be buddies with the other three cubs.  Stay tuned.


We have photos of four of the five ABR bears today.  Two of the cubs made an appearance.


Willow Bear peers out of the tree that all three cubs share.


Viola is “all tongue” in this shot. She may be licking insects off the branch.


Bumble is snoozing in his tree.

The enclosure cams have night vision.  Look at this image of Magnolia, who appears to be dancing in her enclosure.


Magnolia in the moonlight!

The only no-show was the third cub, Bosco Bear.  He was higher up in that three-bears-tree and was out of range of the enclosure cam.  Maybe we’ll see him next time.

The cubs and yearlings at ABR are behaving like normal bears – just what we want them to do.  Each day they practice their skills to be ready for release when the time comes.  Rain or shine, they rest, forage and play.


Rainy days make for sleepy bears. Viola on the platform.


Viola’s foot and the claws on her front paw.


A change of position gives another view of the back foot.


The three cubs forage together.

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They are finding good things to eat in the grass.


Bosco and Willow take a break from eating to play. Viola is in between them.


Viola Bear gets out of their way.


Bosco Bear chows down on peanuts.


Willow and Bosco meet on the tire bridge.


In another enclosure, Magnolia Bear snoozes in her favorite tree.


Bumble Bear has apples and pears to eat in his enclosure.

We can see the changes in the cubs and yearlings.  All of them have grown and are continuing to grow and change.


It was a rainy day, one of many recently.  When it rains, bears usually hang out in trees or in the underbrush.  They don’t get out and about too much.  Our enclosure cams caught a couple of shots of the bears, though, and we share them here.


This is Magnolia’s enclosure. We can see the raindrops in her pool. She is nowhere to be seen.


The three cubs did come down for a drink from their pool. Then they climbed the tree they are sharing.


Bumble was caught before the rain started. He’s dry.

Next time we may have more photos to share, especially if the rain stops for awhile.

An update on our bears shows them eating and playing.  First, the cubs.  They are more likely to be seen by the enclosure cam, as they come out of hiding to eat or play.


The three ABR cubs, now friends, forage together.



Viola Bear poses nicely by a tree.


Bosco Bear sits on a log in the shade.


Logs and shredded trees contain tasty insects.


Willow Bear seems to be working on the tire bridge. What is she doing?


Whatever Willow is doing, Viola comes to help her.

The two yearlings did appear in front of the enclosure cams.


Magnolia Bear likes playing with her swingy ball.

She likes it so much that it is showing the effects of her play.


Wonder how long it will last? It was made for horses, not bears.


Bumble found his own toy – a leaf that’s also a snack.

All five of the ABR bears are thriving.  With their varied, natural diet provided by the curators and the supplemental insects they find, they are health and gaining weight.  Their intelligence is challenged by the play and interaction with nature-provided and curator-provided “toys.”