WATCH: Three more bear cubs arrive for rehabilitation at Russia center
Three more rescued bear cubs, a male and two females, are recovering at the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Bear Rescue Center (OBRC) in Bubonitsy, Russia.
The cubs were rescued from the Tver and Irkusk regions in Russia, and they join the other two cubs who were already rehabilitating at the center.
A male bear cub was rescued by tree loggers who came across a den and heard noises coming from inside. Their dog attacked the cub but loggers were able to remove him from the dog’s jaws. The cub was injured and OBRC’s Sergey Gershov immediately picked up the cub and transported him to the Russian College of Zoological Medicine for treatment. The bear cub underwent surgery and received antibiotics for his wounds.
The fourth and fifth cubs, both female, were left on the door step of a circus administrator living in Siberia. The circus team decided they wanted the bears to be returned to the wild even though there were offers from the circus bear trainers to take the bear cubs. They called Sergey Pazhetnov at OBRC to accept the bears. Sergey told the circus the cubs’ rehab would be successful if the bears were delivered to the OBRC quickly. The Irkutsk circus officials collected all the necessary documents, including veterinary and inspection reports allowing the cubs to be transported, found an air carrier company who agreed to transport the bear cubs, waited for a plane with a warm luggage compartment, and finally, located a suitable hard wooden box required by airlines to transport bear cubs.
They managed to do this in less than 24 hours.
After being flown to Moscow, the cubs arrived at OBRC and are recovering from their journey.
Bear cubs need a special dietary formula, similar to the bear’s mother’s milk, every four hours. OBRC staff are trained in feeding the cubs and ensuring the cubs do not become constipated from the slight change in diet.
For young bears, temperature is also very important. The cubs’ behavior is monitored to determine if they are too hot or too cold. Temperatures in their new holding pens are constantly adjusted to keep them comfortable.
The cubs will be rehabilitated and hopefully released back to the wild when they are old enough to survive on their own.