A raft guide rescued a five-month-old black bear from a river in the Smoky Mountains, after the abandoned cub struggled to survive for several days.
The 14-pound cub was picked up by Danny Allen, a river guide of High Mountain Expeditions, on the bank of the Nolichucky River near Erwin, Tennessee, on Thursday.
The cub — which has now been named Noli Bear, after the river — had been approached by river guides for four consecutive days, before the rescue was attempted. Fortunately, Allen was able to convince her to climb into his raft when he pulled to the river’s edge. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Noli Bear, a 14-pound, five-month-old American black bear was rescued from the edge of the Nolichucky River near Erwin, Tennessee, on Thursday.
We had seen this bear over the last four days, and there was no sight of a mama bear.
She was obviously malnourished and appeared to be in distress. My guides kept coming back to me and saying they had no idea what to do. We didn’t want to see this bear die on the side of the river.
2. Noli Bear was picked up by river guide Danny Allen (pictured) of High Mountain Expeditions.
3. River guides said Noli Bear had been struggling on the side of the river for several days and with each day she became more comfortable with human interaction. On Thursday, she climbed into Allen’s raft.
Every day, Noli Bear became ever more comfortable with Allen and Moses added that it was the first time he’d ever heard of a bear getting into a raft. He told The News Sentinel:
It would walk toward us at first. Then it swam out toward one of our rafts. Thursday, a guy from another rafting company (Allen) pulled over and she got right in.
Noli Bear has been given by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to the care of the Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend, which has helped other orphaned or injured bears return to the wild since 1996.
4. After Noli Bear — named after the river she was rescued from — was approached for four days in a row, she finally climbed into Allen’s raft when he pulled to the river’s edge.
5. Moses said Noli Bear (pictured here with Allen) was obviously malnourished and appeared to be in distress.
6. Noli Bear was taken by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to the Appalachian Bear Rescue in Townsend. Staff took her to University of Tennessee Veterinary School to be treated for dehydration.
Board president of the Appalachian Bear Rescue Dana Dodd said that Noli Bear is recovering and added that she is “up, walking and feeding”. She said:
She likes grapes and applesauce. Those things are great for her because they’re filled with water.
Dodd added that the cub was dehydrated and has been given fluids by the University of Tennessee Veterinary School.
In about a week, if her recovery continues to go on plan, Noli Bear might be put into an area with four other cubs.
Once she reaches 50 lbs, which is expected to occur sometime between August and December, the cub will be released into the wild.
7. Appalachian Bear Rescue saves a black bear cub.
Read more: The Knoxville News Sentinel.
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