Two rescued black bear cubs were reunited with their sister on Friday following a long road to recovery.
Earlier this month in Westminster, S.C., someone found the three tiny, month-old cubs abandoned on the side of the road in a cardboard box. The Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend took in two of the cubs. Their sister was sent to Charles Towne Landing in Charleston because she needed immediate care.
The female cub, nicknamed Carrie Bear, joined her brothers, Bennie and Jerry, on Friday at the Appalachian Bear Rescue, which is a rehabilitation center for orphaned and injured black bear cubs. The center said the three rescued bears are now a little over a month old and weigh about 4.5 pounds. It's happy to report that all three are healthy and doing well.
Board President of ABR Dana Dodd said the center has been returning bears back to the wild since 1996. Carrie Bear is the ABR's 189th cub it's taken in.
"We have been successful returning black bear cubs to the wild because we minimize human contact," said ABR spokeswoman Heather Ripley. "Our curators are bottle feeding the cubs right now, but as the cubs get bigger and are able to stand and walk on their own, human contact will be diminished until there's no direct contact at all.
Ripley stressed that it's important for black bears to have minimal contact with people. She said black bears should be "naturally cautious and afraid of humans." This fear increase their chances of survival in the wild.
ABR Board President Dana Dodd said this rehabilitation wouldn't be possible if it weren't for their supporters.
"We want to thank our Facebook fans for their continued interest in our organization and their tremendous support for our rehabilitation efforts," said Dodd. "Without their generous donations, we wouldn't be able to care for these animals and send them back to the wild where they belong."
For regular updates on the cubs, visit the Appalachian Bear Rescue's Facebook page or visit the center's web site.