When residents in California noticed a hairless creature digging through the dumpsters, they called a local rescue group.”When they arrived, they couldn’t believe their eyes: a young black bear… without fur,” according to The Humane Society of the United States.The bear was apprehended and taken to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which contacted[The Humane Society of the United States’] affiliate, The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center.” (FFAWC)
They discovered the bear was covered in mange after inspecting her.Mange is a painful skin condition caused by skin mites.The mange had spread throughout her body, resulting in complete hair loss.
The bare bear required assistance and a safe haven to recover.On Christmas Eve, two caring volunteers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife drove Eve, the bear, to FFAWC. The FFAWC made the necessary arrangements in a bear sanctuary.Because of her severe mange, they had to think twice about the bedding and materials they used.They didn’t want to aggravate Eve’s skin any further.Mange is also highly contagious, so they had to make it as sanitary as possible.Eve was placed in her own sanctuary to recover once she arrived at FFAWC.She quickly won the volunteers’ hearts.Eve is on the mend, but it will take some time.The staff believes she will recover completely.FFAWC will reintroduce her to the wild once she has recovered completely.
“Each day she explores her room and begins selecting items to shred and drag into her igloo to build a nest for the night,” the FFAWC staff wrote about her recovery.She works hard, and it’s always interesting to see what she comes up with.”
She is enjoying her space and all the fresh fruit, especially apples, until she is released.She returns each apple to her nest in the video.
UPDATE: Eva is doing well and will live the rest of her life in a sanctuary. Watch her transform back into a happy healthy bear in the video below.