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River guide rescues an abandoned bear cub

Published Friday, Jul 17 2015, 10:40 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
A rafting guide recently saved the life of an abandoned bear cub, who is now thriving in a rehabilitation centre

The 5-month-old female cub had been spotted on the banks of the Nolichucky River in America, looking distressed and malnourished. Fearing the helpless cub would die, river guide Danny Allen rafted by the bear and the cub climbed onboard.

"We have the best guides in the world!" said the High Mountain's Expedition club, (where Danny works) sharing a cute snap of the cub being rowed to safety.

High Mountain Expeditions river guide rescues bear cub, 16th July 2015

© High Mountain Expeditions

Speaking to local news station WLVT, Danny said: "We picked her up and brought her down here in this same boat that we're in right now. Very skinny for her size, for the age she should have been twice her size."

The bear was transported to black bear rehabilitation centre Appalachian Bear Rescue, who shared a cute snap of the now relaxed cub.

High Mountain Expeditions river guide rescues bear cub, 16th July 2015

© Appalachian Bear Rescue

Staff at the centre named the cub "Noli Bear" after the Nolichucky River where she was found, and continue to update Noli's newfound fans on Facebook. The great news is, Noli is now thriving!

The centre said: "Noli Bear has an exceptionally healthy appetite; she's dining on Mazuri Bear Food pellets, blackberries, applesauce and grapes." Sounds tasty!

"Noli Bear showed us she is both willing and able to climb up AND down! Climbing up to the platform may not seem like much, but it's an important indicator of her improving health, and strongly suggests there is no neurological damage: she isn't walking in circles, she isn't walking backwards and she isn't lethargic, all good signs of a healthy cub."

How's that for a heartwarming tale?

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