CPW Taking Care of Orphaned Bear Cubs During Hibernation
Ready for your daily "awwww"?
Colorado Parks and Wildlife posted about 5 orphaned bear cubs who have been placed in artificial dens after being orphaned in Colorado Springs last summer, because it's officially time for these animals to hibernate for the winter.
According to the tweets, the cubs, who started at Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation in Whetmore, were darted and taken to their new homes on Pike's Peak. Here, Colorado Parks and Wildlife helped them into their two artificial dens in remote spots of the forest by using sleds, which you can see below. The transport was a huge process that involved trapping the bears, tranquilizing them, and placing them carefully in their dens, but when the bears wake up, they will have a second chance at being free and wild.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the bears don't truly hibernate, instead, they'll enter a physical and mental state called torpor: "They actually can awaken and eat if the weather warms up. Then they'll go back in their dens and sleep."
Since these bears are wild, I wouldn't necessarily recommend cuddling them...but don't you just want to?
These bears have been taught to fear humans (and they've been given nice, full bellies) which is essential to their survival as wild animals once more. We've loved following this journey, which you can see in full on Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region's Twitter page right here.
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