After tragically losing her entire family in an accident, baby bear Alma is being nursed back to health. On Friday last week, officers from the Greenfield Police Department in Massachusetts were able to locate the cub, who was hiding inside a tree, and bring her back to safety.
“When officers arrived, they heard squealing and discovered a very scared third cub who was able to seek refuge and safety by climbing a tree,” the Greenfield Police Department revealed in a Facebook post, according to PEOPLE. “Because Officer Lagoy and Purinton were aware of the danger the now orphaned cub was in, they were able to rescue the cub.” They loaded it into the back of a cruiser and transported it to the station. AMR helped us by providing a kennel keep him safe.”
The young cub, who is estimated to be around 10-12 weeks old, was orphaned recently after her mother and two siblings were hit and killed by a car, according to the Facebook post. While her family was killed, officers were able to save the black bear. He was taken to the nearby Tufts Wildlife Clinic and then to the Kilham Bear Center in New Hampshire.
According to Maureen Murray, the director of Tufts Wildlife Clinic at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Alma was thoroughly examined and no injuries were discovered. “She was evaluated by the clinic’s veterinarians, and aside from being scared, she is in good physical condition with no injuries.” According to the Greenfield Police Department, she is eating well and will be transported this week to the Kilham Bear Center in New Hampshire for rehabilitation.
The bear was then safely transported to the Kilham Bear Center in New Hampshire earlier this week, where she was warmly welcomed by some of the facility’s other young black bears who are also being cared for. Alma is expected to stay at the center until she is old enough to be released back into the wilderness and strong enough to survive on her own, according to the vets. Many animals might not have survived if it hadn’t been for human intervention. A weak, starving raccoon was counting its blessings last year after a woman rescued it from the side of the road.
“When you ask what you should do with [an orphaned raccoon], they tell you to leave it alone and let nature take its course,” Nikki recalled. “That hurt my heart. That was not going to happen!”
So, when she came across a raccoon that no one wanted, she took him home, named him Little Hands, and cared for him alongside her mother, Linda. Nikki released him into the wild after he regained his strength. What she didn’t expect was for him to come back every now and then for snacks and cuddles. “Every time he returned, it was a more joyous occasion, especially because he wanted our help.”
Cover image source: Facebook | Greenfield, Mass Police Department