Durham, North Carolina – A rescued nine-month-old 60-pound black bear is the most recent resident of the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science.
The NC Wildlife Resource Commission rescued the cub outside of Asheville. Authorities determined that her behavior would not allow her to survive if she was released back into the wild. She will therefore move into the museum’s black bear habitat.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to save this bear from a difficult situation and to try and give him a new home. We hope she can thrive and enjoy her life in a safe environment among other bears, ”said Sherry Samuels, director of animal care at the museum.
The cub has just completed her quarantine period and has been introduced to the museum’s three adult bears – Mimi, Gus and Yona – so she will soon be free to explore her new habitat. Visitors to the museum will likely be able to see it this fall.
“There are few things more exciting about the museum than the arrival of a new animal like this bear,” said Carrie Heinonen, CEO and President of the museum. “As an institution committed to the conservation and welfare of animals, we are delighted and honored to offer it a new home. She captured our hearts, and we hope that she will have those of the whole community before long.
The bear arrived at the museum in late September and a team of vets worked to help it adjust to its new surroundings.
“This little bear has health issues that we are working to resolve and manage throughout the introductory period and beyond. We are seeing progress and hope that will continue as she adjusts to her new home, ”Samuels said. “We are delighted to be at this next step. She interacts well with other bears, and visitors can expect to see her soon in bear habitat.
The public will soon be invited to participate in a bear naming contest.