On June 9, PAWS received a yearling Black Bear cub that was found at Cayuse pass near Mt. Rainier. Weighing only 20 pounds, the cub was severely underweight. He was also infested with ticks and highly anemic. The cub’s red blood cell count was so low that the wildlife center’s veterinary staff decided to perform a blood transfusion to aid him in his recovery. The donor for the transfusion was a healthy, 190-lb yearling that had been in PAWS care since spring of 2010. At his release a week later, that cub had no way of knowing the lifesaving role he had played in a fellow bear’s life. A story about the anemic cub and the transfusion procedure can be viewed on the KOMO News website.
I am happy to report that the cub has been doing quite well since the transfusion. He is now strong, alert and active. Yesterday we placed a pile of fresh salmonberry branches in his enclosure and he thoroughly enjoyed rolling on them and eating the berries. I attempted to film the cub as he enjoyed the salmonberries but, as you can see in the short video below, he was a bit camera shy.