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Record Number of Bear Cubs at VA Wildlife Center

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Bear cub, photo courtesy of wildlifecenter.org Bear cub, photo courtesy of wildlifecenter.org


Three new bear cubs arrived at the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro on Monday. The center is setting new records this year with a total of 11 cubs in its care.
"These bears have come from different situations throughout Virginia," said Nicholson. "We have a pair that were abandoned and a couple of cubs separated from their mother."

The 3-month-olds that arrived Monday are orphans. Their mother was found dead along the side of the road, presumably hit by a car.
When they arrived, the center examined them from head to toe.

"They have a look at the skin, they have a look at the teeth, that's a perfect time to look at the teeth to make sure everything is OK in the mouth, all sorts of things just to get a background picture of what their health is," said Amber Detrick, wildlife center rehabilitator. 
After the exam and rehabilitation the bears are nourished with formula and then solid food similar to the consistency of dog food.

The bears are currently housed in a concrete building, but in a few weeks there is going to be a ground of a new facility where the bears will be moved. The facility will allow the bears to grow as if they are in the wild. 

"We have now worked out a partnership with the Virginia Department of Game, Land and Fishing where we will become the bear place in Virginia and all orphaned cubs that can't be fostered with females will be brought here to be raised until they can be given back to the wild," said Edward Clark, Wildlife Center of Virginia president.

Visitors are never allowed to interact with the bears, so anyone interested in seeing what the bears are up to can use the center's "critter cam."
The new facility will have state-of-the-art cameras for better bear watching.


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