Rescue organization helps Harlan County bear fight to survive

Published: Feb. 15, 2019 at 6:42 PM EST
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The Appalachian Bear Rescue (ABR) in Townsend, Tennessee is doing its best to help a little Harlan County bear survive.

Thursday, a man from the Kentucky Department of Transportation was driving down Black Mountain when a group of people flagged him down. The group led him to a very sick black bear in a ditch.

The man contacted wildlife officials, who trapped the little bear and took him to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. The bear is now staying at ABR in its bear nursery.

ABR said the bear is a male yearling, almost 13 months old. He is very sick and malnourished, with fur missing from his face and legs. Though he also has several abscesses and is infested with ticks, officials said he has no broken bones.

Initially, ABR said they did not know if the bear, now named Hartley Bear, would survive. 24 hours later, they said he's still in bad shape but he's lapping up the bear milk replacement formula they gave him.

Hartley Bear is not out of the woods yet. If you would like to help,

to see how you can donate to receive a special adoption package for the little Harlan County bear.

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