The Straits Times
Published on Sep 18, 2012

Burned bear cub moved to Idaho rehabilitation area


BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A black bear cub rescued from a fire in the Idaho backcountry after suffering second-degree burns on all four of its paws has been moved to a wildlife sanctuary outside the mountain resort town of McCall and is expected to make a full recovery, officials said on Monday.

The bear nicknamed "Boo Boo" is being housed in a 0.8ha enclosure with another cub and is doing very well, said Ms Linda DeEulis, director of the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary Director. The bear was brought to the rehabilitation area outside McCall on Friday.

He first spent two weeks recuperating at the Idaho Humane Society shelter in Boise after he was discovered in late August, clinging to a tree, in a region recently scorched by a massive wildfire. Efforts to find the cub's mother were unsuccessful.

Ms DeEulis was worried at first about the bear's ability to climb, but those concerns were quickly put to rest after he arrived at the sanctuary.