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Lake Tahoe Wildlife Center Caring for Burned Bear Cub

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She's just a year old. She weighs only 39 pounds, half of what most bears her age weigh. And she has been through a lot! Apparently trapped in a fire in Washington State, she suffered second and third degree burns on all four paws and was found dragging herself by her elbows to get away. After being captured, she was crated and took a direct flight to the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center. They've named her Cinder.

"She has serious burns, and singed the fur on her nose and her face and even her chest," said Tom Millham Director of the Center. "But for all that she is doing very well."

Her paws are bandaged and she's actually eating.

"When we gave her a meal, she seriously wolfed it down in just a matter of minutes. So she may be traumatized and in pain, but she has an appetite and that's a very good sign."

Cinder arrived on Sunday night. And just this morning she had yet another new rehab mate - a three-month-old from the Paradise, California was delivered.

"This little one is from the same area where we got two others, a boy and a girl. And this could likely be their triplet. They are from the same place and they seem to be the same age so we might be able to put the three back together later today," Millham said.

And they are not alone. The Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Center has 11 bears in rehab this summer.

"That's the most we've ever had!" Millham said today.

They have been welcoming donations of money and food for the animals.

"Fish is great. The bears really like it. But don't clean it...they like the whole fish and they love the guts. We go through a lot of watermelon, grapes, apples and peaches too. But money really helps us for all of the needs here," Millham said.

The center is a non-profit that runs on donations and volunteers. And while its clientele is ever-changing, the goal here is always the same.

"We have the same goal for every animal that comes here," Millham says. "And that is to get them back in the wild where they belong and where we can all enjoy them. We give them a second chance at life.."

 You can learn more about the center by going to their website at www.ltwc.org

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