It's bear cub season again...

May 16, 2013

The Wildlife Center of Virginia has admitted a record number of Black Bear cubs this year.  As of this morning (this number can change quickly!) they are caring for thirteen cubs who were born earlier this year.  (When I wrote a draft of this post on May 12, there were eight cubs.)  These are screen captures from the Wildlife Center's Critter Cam.

 

 

Watching them play is great entertainment!  The clip board (lower right,) has been a big hit with the bears.  And the thing that makes me laugh out loud every time is when they swing on the crate door.

 

 

When cubs are admitted, they are bottle fed until they are able to progress to drinking their formula from a bowl.

 

 

The bears are fed by the staff, ensuring each cub gets the correct amount of formula.

 

 

The cubs receive a“mush bowl” each night, which consists of soaked dry dog food, topped with thickened formula and baby food.

 

 

"Now what do I do?"

 

Screen captures are the property of the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

More information about the these bears - their histories, how they're being cared for, a video of "feeding time" and FAQ's - can be seen on these pages from the Wildlife Center of Virginia website: Black Bear Cubs of 2013 and News_Events

The cubs can be seen on the Wildlife Center of Virginia Critter Cam

You can learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia, its patients (193 as of May 13) and education animals here:  Wildlife Center of Virginia. 

 

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