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Bear Cub Gets New Lease on Life at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care

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She is just  13 weeks old but she's thriving. A man in California discovered 'Tahoe' on a hike. Her mother was dead. So he collected the baby cub and brought her to people who could help her.

Now Tom Millham and his wife who run the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care are keeping her on track. "When she came in she weighted 5-pounds 4 oz. Now she's up to 7 pounds and 7 oz.," says Millham.

Every four hours they take her from her kennel, feed her from a bottle and let her run herself out. "We use a special bear milk mixture," he says. "Regular homogenized cow's milk would kill her. We have a formula that mimics real bear milk with exactly what she needs."

She's so cute that it's nearly impossible not to pick her up and give her a bear hug. But that would be the worst thing for her. "She is cute. We don't interact with her or pick her up because we don't want her to get used to people or to trust them really. She could easily imprint on us and that would be bad for her. She's getting a lot of headlines right now but we really want to release her a year from now and let her have the life she needs as a bear," Millham says.

In a few weeks she'll be moved from an upstairs room in the Wildlife Care center to a raccoon cage and then to a bear holding cage outside where she'll grow to about 80 pounds and then next year be released back into her old neighborhood in Humboldt County, California. Which they say would be the happiest ending of all.

The Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care is a non-profit that handles wildlife in need. They could always use your help as they help the animals.
You can learn more about them and donate at www.LTWC.org

Written by Erin Breen

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