Thomas Owens has seen countless black bears while working as a State Trooper in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest.
New Hampshire is home to about 5,000 bears. Owens knows it’s best not to approach black bears, especially protective mama bears. But one day, Owens saw a little cub that was in big trouble, and he knew if he didn’t do something, the bear wasn’t going to make it.
Owens was sitting in his patrol car when he noticed a mama black bear and her four cubs crossing the road back and forth over and over again.
After watching for a while, Owens realized why the family kept crossing the road.
One of the cubs kept falling behind, and his loving mom encouraged him to keep up.The tiny cub struggled to walk, and eventually, he sat down in the middle of the road. The cub’s mom stayed with him for a few minutes, trying to get him to stand up.
But the cub was too weak.
After a few minutes, the mama bear made a tough decision. She gathered the three healthy cubs and disappeared into the woods, leaving the siсk cub behind. Owens badly wanted to help the siсk cub, so he called New Hampshire Fish and Wildlife. As he waited for them to arrive, he stayed with the cub. He was taking a risk—if the mama bear returned, she wouldn’t be pleased to see him with her baby. But he knew he had to help the cub any way he could.
Fish and Wildlife came and took the baby bear to their rehab center.
Owens accompanied them and took a cute photo with his new little friend at the rehab center.
The Fish and Wildlife also told Owens something surprising.
The mama bear actually had five cubs! The mama bear had âbаndơnеd her other cub earlier that day because he was also siсkly. The Fish and Wildlife officials went looking for the âbаndơnеd cub, and luckily, they found him before it was too late.
The Fish and Wildlife officials brought the cub to the rehab center, where he joined his brother. The bear siblings will stay at the rehab center until they’ve regained their strength and recovered from their illnesses. Then, they’ll rejoin their mother and siblings back in the wild.
We’re sure their loving mom will be thrilled to have her whole family together again!