On June 6, 2012, the PAWS Blog featured a story about the wildlife center’s newest ursine patient. Found orphaned on a roadside in Oregon and weighing in at less than four pounds, this little female was the 78th Black Bear to be cared for at PAWS. She was also heartbreakingly adorable, and a photo of her sitting in a box while waiting to be weighed made national news.
That photo was taken on May 25, 2012. More than a year later, on June 4, 2013, I took another photo of the cub as we were preparing to tranquilize her for her pre-release exam. On that day, she weighed in at 88 pounds, but we had to gather that information while she was sedated rather than simply plopping her in a box.