Orphaned bear cub rescued after her mom and 2 siblings were killed in an accident


Baby bear Alma is being nursed back to health after tragically losing her entire family in an accident. Thankfully officers with the Greenfield Police Department in Massachusetts managed to locate the cub, who was hiding inside a tree, and bring her back to safety on Friday last week.

“Upon arrival, officers heard squealing and found a very scared third cub that was able to seek refuge and safety by climbing a tree,” revealed the Greenfield Police Department in a Facebook post according to PEOPLE. “Knowing the danger the now orphaned cub was in, Officer Lagoy and Purinton, were able to rescue the cub. They placed it in the back a cruiser and brought it to the station. AMR assisted us by providing a kennel to keep him safe.”

The Facebook post also shared that the young cub, who is estimated to be around 10-12 weeks old, had been orphaned recently after her mother and two siblings were hit and killed by a car. While her family did not survive, officers managed to rescue the black bear. He was transported to the nearby Tufts Wildlife Clinic and was eventually moved to the Kilham Bear Center in New Hampshire.

Maureen Murray, the director of Tufts Wildlife Clinic at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University said that Alma was thoroughly examined and that they did not find any injuries. “She was evaluated by the veterinarians at the clinic, and aside from being scared, she is in good physical condition and has no injuries. She is eating well and will be transported this week to Kilham Bear Center in New Hampshire for rehabilitation,” said Murray according to the Greenfield Police Department.

Then earlier this week, the bear was safely sent to the Kilham Bear Center in New Hampshire where she was warmly welcomed by some of the facility’s other young black bears who are also being looked after. Vets expect Alma to reside at the center until she is grown enough to be released back into the wilderness and is strong enough to survive on her own.

If not for some human interventions, many animals may not have survived. Just last year, a weak, starving raccoon was counting its lucky stars after a woman rescued it from the side of the road. “When you ask what you should do with [an orphaned raccoon], they say, ‘Leave it alone and let nature take its course,’ or ‘You can take it to a vet and they will have to euthanize it,'” recalled Nikki. “That broke my heart. I couldn’t let that happen!”

So when she came across a raccoon that no one wanted, she brought the little guy home, named him Little Hands, and took care of it alongside her mom, Linda. After regaining his strength, Nikki released him into the wild. What she did not expect was for him to return every now and then for some snacks and snuggles. “Every time he came back it was a more and more joyous occasion especially because he wanted our attention as well as our food which was all that much more special,” she said.

Cover image source: Facebook | Greenfield, Mass Police Department