This is an update on the two orphaned bear cubs found four months ago. Romanian Forest Rangers had found a bear den with the cubs which appeared to have been abandoned. They monitored the den for a few days and when there was no sign of the mother bear returning they decided to save the cubs and bring them to the Libearty bear sanctuary, near Brasov. The mother had probably been killed by hunters.
The two male cubs have since been cared for by staff at the sanctuary where at first they were underweight and needed to be bottle fed every few hours. Over the past few months they have grown in strength and have now been released into a special forest enclosure at the sanctuary. Here they will be safe and they can start learning to climb trees, swim in the water pool and to begin living like bears. The aim is to allow the cubs this freedom for another year after which they will be assessed for release back to the true wild.
The little brothers, who are now approximately four months old, were released into the grassy enclosure this month and they immediately raced around to explore. They tried to climb a tree but did not yet have the strength to get far up, but in the coming weeks we expect them to spend much of their time climbing to the tree tops. They also splashed around in the water pool and rolled in the lush grass.
The sanctuary staff will feed them and monitor them but they will be kept away from visitors as the aim is to rehabilitate them back to the wild at a later date, when they are big enough to fend for themselves.
The AMP who manage the bear sanctuary have done a fantastic job in bringing the cubs back to full health and we hope to follow their progress over the coming months. To see a short video of the young bears being released into the Romanian bear sanctuary go to: http://www.facebook.com/BearSanctuaryTeddyBearMuseum
If you want to help the AMP to care or these young bear cubs, please go to: http://www.ampbears.ro/en/donate