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Orphaned bear cubs in San Diego receive clean bill of health

The cubs are enjoying collectively, investigating their habitat and studying to forage for meals, a San Diego Humane Society consultant mentioned.

SAN DIEGO — Three orphaned California black bear cubs, transferred to San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Center for rehabilitation a couple of month in the past, have handed their health exams and have been housed collectively to develop robust till they’re prepared for the wild, it was introduced Thursday.

The cubs are enjoying collectively, investigating their habitat and studying to forage for meals, a SDHS consultant mentioned.

Two of the cubs got here from Valley of Falls in the San Bernardino Mountains, and the third from Lake Arrowhead. The bears all arrived on separate dates, after being rescued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The first two, who arrived July 9 and 12, are siblings round 6 months outdated. According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, they turned orphaned after their mom, who was conditioned to hunt meals from people, was killed by an individual whereas trying to interrupt right into a cabin in Valley of the Falls.

The third, unrelated cub arrived on Friday. The cub’s mom is believed to have been hit by a automotive close to Lake Arrowhead.

San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife staff stored the cubs separate for 48 hours, earlier than inserting them collectively in an appropriate indoor/out of doors enclosure.

“The single female cub, who is actually much bigger than the two siblings, was rather shy and quiet in the beginning,” mentioned Dr. Jon Enyart, senior director of Project Wildlife. “It took some time for the brother and sister to invite her into their family, but now they do everything together.”

On Aug. 4, the Project Wildlife veterinary staff anesthetized all three bears for his or her first bodily examination, which included blood work, radiographs of each limb and portion of the physique, a examine of their enamel, in addition to measuring their paw pads, physique size and width, SDHS mentioned. The bears had been additionally microchipped. The veterinary staff discovered all three bears had been in glorious health. After they awoke, the bear cubs had been moved to a full exterior enclosure for the primary time.

According to the veterinarians, the transfer open air is important in the cubs’ preparation to return to the wild, as a result of they’re given entry to timber, shrubs and pure substrate. They additionally get acclimated to the climate, and have alternatives to run, climb, play and forage for his or her meals.

“It is so important that these bears do not get comfortable around humans and associate us people with food,” mentioned Andy Blue, campus director of SDHS’ Ramona Wildlife Center. “For their very own security and the security of the general public, we wish them to keep away from people in any respect value, and learn to forage and hunt in order that they will survive on their very own in the wild.

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