Two Tiny Black Bear Cubs
Get Their 1st Veterinary Checkup

These two tiny black bear cubs (Ursus americanus) were rescued and brought to Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. ABR is a black bear care facility located just outside the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Townsend, TN.

One of only four such centers of its kind in the United States, ABR expertly cares for orphaned and injured black bear cubs for return to their natural wild habitat. Another primary mission of ABR is to educate the public about coexisting with black bears.

Dr. Ellen did pro bono photography for ABR for a number of years while living in the Smoky Mountains, and was on-hand to document the development of cubs from admission to the facility to their eventual release back to the wild.

The following images show two cubs experiencing their very first medical checkup by staff from the University of Tennessee Department of Veterinary Medicine who travel routinely from Knoxville to ABR to evaluate the overall health of cubs upon their arrival.

This is a rare opportunity to see such tiny cubs so closeup. Enjoy!

NOTE: Black Bears prefer to avoid humans, and attacks from Black Bears are extremely rare in the U.S. Always give them a wide berth for their sake.














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