UPDATE: recovering Canadian grizzly bear cub "Tika", now busy just being a bear

What a difference a couple of months make: "Tika"  in March 2013.Photo credit IFAW-NLWS/P.Langen.Little Tika, the grizzly bear cub rescued by International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) partner Northern Lights Wildlife Society (NLWS) in January, has made an excellent recovery and is busy “just being a bear”. 

But it came awfully close to a very bad ending for Tika...

On a snowy, icy day in January, NLWS received a call from Golden, British Columbia, with news that there was an orphaned grizzly bear cub in very bad shape.

In spite of the horrible weather and bad roads, NLWS’s Angelika and Peter jumped in their truck and did the 15-hour trip from their facility in Smithers to Golden.

In bad shape: "Tika" in January 2013. Photo credit IFAW-NLWS/P.Langen.His matted, skinny body and other medical issues were the result of starvation and he came around quickly.

Angelika and Peter decided they would not encourage hibernation this past winter so Tika could spend the winter fattening up.

One reason bears hibernate is because food becomes scarce in the winter.

When there is less food, a bear’s clock tells him it’s time to go to sleep.  But Tika ate his way through winter and is thriving.

He is due to be released back into the wild in July and will be wearing a GPS collar so we can follow him in his travels.

Stay tuned for more updates about Tika.


For more information about our work with our partner the Northern Lights Wildlife Society, visit our project page.

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