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Bear cubs left in box reunited at Tenn. rescue

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WCIV) - The bear cub sent to Charles Towne Landing after being found with two other cubs in a cardboard box on the side of the road has been reunited with her siblings. 

The Appalachian Bear Rescue, a Townsend, Tenn.-based rehabilitation center for orphaned and injured black bear cubs, was recently contacted by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Charles Towne Landing in Charleston and asked to take in the bear cub.

The bear cub that was at Charles Towne Landing went there because it needed immediate care, officials said. Now that it has recuperated some, it has joined its siblings at the Appalachian Bear Rescue.

The three tiny, month-old cubs were found abandoned in a cardboard box earlier this month on the side of a road in Westminster, S.C. 

"The female cub is healthy and ready to go to Appalachian Bear Rescue," said Tom Swayngham, regional wildlife coordinator at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. "We want to thank Charles Towne Landing for doing a great job stabilizing her. We are also very thankful for ABR for the job they do. The care received there will give the cubs the best chance of being returned to the wild."

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The three rescued bear cubs are now a little over a month old and weigh 4.5 pounds each. The female has been nicknamed Carrie Bear by ABR. 

"We are so thankful that the professionals at the South Carolina DNR and Charles Towne Landing were able to nurse the female cub back to health," said Dana Dodd, board president of ABR. "We are thrilled that Carrie Bear gets to join her brothers, Bennie and Jerry, and they are all doing well and are healthy."

According to Dodd, The Appalachian Bear Rescue has been returning bears back to the wild since 1996. Carrie Bear is the 189th bear cub to be taken in by the rescue.

"We have been successful returning black bear cubs to the wild because we minimize human contact," said Heather Ripley, ABR spokeswoman. "Our curators are bottle feeding the cubs right now, but as the cubs get bigger and are able to stand and walk on their own, human contact will be diminished until there's no direct contact at all."

It's important for the public to know this, Ripley says, because black bears should be naturally cautious and afraid of humans. This instinctive fear increases their chance of survival in the wild.

The state's Department of National Resources is looking into what happened to these cubs. They suspect that the mother was killed, but have no definite answer at this time.

For regular updates on the cubs, visit the Appalachian Bear Rescue's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/appalachianbearrescue or visit www.abrtn.org.

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