Otto, Rollo, and Apollo: Eight Months Old and Growing

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Otto, Rollo, and Apollo are eight-month-old orphaned black bear cubs. At present, they’re residing in a Wild Enclosure at Appalachian Bear Rescue until they’re big enough to be released back to the wild later this year. The cubs are in the grips of “hyperphagia”, the yearly phase in a black bear’s life that compels it to eat as much as possible in preparation for winter and hibernation. The cubs are gaining weight and exercising their “right to climb” at every opportunity. We’re particularly pleased with Apollo’s progress; he’s recovering from surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine following a car accident that left him with a broken right forearm. After weeks of enforced “no climbing” in the Red Roof Recovery Center and in an Acclimation Pen, Apollo can climb with vigor. Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR), located just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Townsend, Tennessee, is a rehabilitation center for orphaned and injured black bear cubs. Visit our website for more information:
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