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Okay, have they been released? I see a carcass . . . no bears . . . que pasa??
The cubs are up on the shelf. They’ve done a good job on the carcass once they figured out how to start eating it.
Fresh protein for the cubbies dinner tonight…. Glad they are learning what is good for them to eat when they are released. Interesting to watch them try and figure out where to start. Now I think I had better wait awhile before I eat my dinner.
It is sort of disgusting watching them eat this but I found it interesting as well. The big boy was trying to chew on its hoof which was sort of odd to me.
Ooh they look warm and cuddled and comfy!
It looks like there are more than two bear cubs at LTWC. Has there been any changes lately?
There’s 2 in the Bear sleeping area and 2 in the feeding area sleeping. F&W was going to pick 2 of them up last Sunday but changed their minds and decided to do Spring releases on both sets. If the weather stays like it is today it won’t be long!
Thanks – So the two Luther bear cubs are still there and then the one from Alpine and one from Truckee? Glad to know they are all still accounted for. We love our bears!
I am happy the Luther Bears are still there. I think spring releases sound good for all of them.
It is now 10:30pm on Friday, November 16, 2012. Last night, we got in yet another cub from F & G. This one came from the town of Llano, CA (east and south of Palmdale and Lancaster).
This little girl is very similar to the Ojai female cub we got in almost exactly one month earlier (Oct. 16th). Ojai came in at 11 pounds and Llano came in at 12.1 pounds. Other than some mites, she was in fairly good shape.
This afternoon, we put Llano into the bobcat cage AND, at the same time, we took Ojai out of the raccoon cage and put her into the bobcat cage. After about 30 minutes of facing each other (within a per carrier), we opened the doors and let them get ‘close’ to each other.
By the way – - – Ojai now weighs 22 pounds. She has doubled her weight over the past 4 weeks. Llano is lighter in color and has a patch of fur missing due to F & G taking a sample of the mites. Ojai is almost black in color.
The other seven cubs had their last meal last Monday (November 12th), ate some tree branches on Tuesday and were introduced to pine needles and straw on Wednesday. They are doing fairly well, for some first year cubs which all of a sudden have no food.
Bruce did some ‘management’ of the cameras today. Since there are no birds or animals in the raccoon cage, nor the flight area, he had deleted cameras 5, 6, 8 & 9. So, effective today, the only cameras (and their descriptions) which are working on our web site are; 1 (Play Area – BEAR Cage), 2 (Feed Area – BEAR Cage), 3 (Den – BEAR Cage), 4 (Bobcat Cage) and 7 (Looking at LTWC’s back yard).
Will these crazy bears ever calm down? They are having way too much fun in the hay!
Like any kids at naptime, they are playing before settling down.
I have been really enjoying watching all of them running around and playing these last few days. They seem to really love all that soft hay
Are you ready for some fun??? Well, it may be ‘fun’ for us, BUT – - – for our seven bear cub in the BEAR Cage at LTWC, it is not so much fun for them.
We are putting them into hibernation. Yesterday (Monday, 11-12-12), they ate their ‘Last Supper’. Today, they were introduced to some green tree limbs, supplied to LTWC by Ed Cook of Ed Cook’s Tree Service in South Lake Tahoe. The cubs knew exactly what to do with the limbs. They started chewing them.
What ‘was’ about 2 ½ buckets of poop a few short weeks ago, was less than 1/3 bucket today. Tomorrow, we will introduce the straw and pine needles to the ‘Magnificent Seven’ and they will begin their time in ‘Slumberland’.
Although, we never know. For those of you who have been around since Li’l Smokey, you remember the ‘Six Pack’. There was ‘ONE’ cub who didn’t want to sleep. SHE – - – the Yosemite little girl – - – wanted to play ‘Slap the Bear’!!! None of them got much sleep when she wanted to play.
Well, this should be entertaining AND educational. Be sure to watch on our web site (http://www.ltwc.org/?page_id=934) and see just ‘how’ and ‘where’ they decide to ‘make their bed’.
Thanks Tom…that is very informative. They seem more intent on playing than anything since I have been watching them today but I suppose that will change as the days go on.
Feeding area is a popular place today.
What are the bears eating by the front entrance?
Here’s 4 big cubs, rasseling and ROTFL. Fruit rolling around. Bedroom door open.
It’s nap time and they’re rasseling or trying to get comfortable. One cub is standing in the door to the bedroom. He might be the 7th bear looking for a berth. . .
Great to see 4 or 5 bears on the same screen! Fruit rolling around, bears all over. Looks like the little girl up on the shelf here. She was batting at a larger cub, presumably her “brother,” who climbed up there beside her.
Wow they are fiesty tonight, all but our cute lil girl seem to be sparring, she’s sleeping on a shelf in the playroom. That deer or whatever the skeleton is seems to make them more lively.
Something interesting up in the logs, and 2 bears sparring. Back to normal I guess!
Oh, good, the bedroom door is up! I’m counting 6 bears and one more might be around the corner. The Luther Pass girl was bullying the tiny girl. I have not bothered Cheryl by calling to get the scoop. For sure as a little sister with the big kids, she won’t bully anyone! I think I see her batting at her light-color brother, trying to start something.
She’s a feisty girl, but he’ll protect her I’m sure.
Uhoh, they just carried him off — I hope its just for a check up and nothing bad!
Poor lonely baby is scratching at the door, missing his pals.
How sweet that the little cubs keep going to the door to see if they can see there hurt little friend in the sleeping area. I hope the little one who hurt itself can be with its friends soon.
Okay, let’s see if I can put down what Cheryl just told me talking very fast:
The cub resting on the shelf in the bear house bedroom with the door down — he is alive. He hurt a back leg/foot and has been to the hospital. He’s on pain-killer and Dr. Willets wants him to be quiet and isolated. So he is just resting and healing. The other four were gathered around that door, almost like a prayer group.
Chips and Sierra are in the aviary where Chips was before. They are fine.
The two cubs in the raccoon house — their mother was killed on Luther Pass last night and the police begged LTWC to just take them because Fish & Game could not be contacted.
I had to call Cheryl. Everything is essentially just fine.
Four cubs cuddled up to the bedroom door which is closed. What’s going on? There’s a bear in the bedroom. Is that bear okay?
Now the door to the bedroom is half-way up. As the kids come out, they all stand up and check out the bottom of the door. No food in here. They go on out to the playroom. So what’s up?
Sure enough, a volunteer is hosing down this room. Pretty soon she’ll put out the food and let the cubs back in here.
So here they are! Sleeping on the shelf — at least two cubs, maybe three! The others must be on the bedroom shelf. Lots of big rough rinds of watermelon on the floor. There was a donation of melons that seemed mushy and not-so-good to the people, but by delivering them whole to the bears, the cubs enjoyed cracking them open and getting to the insides. Usually we cut the melons into wedges for them. So, would this peaceful picture convince a little kid to take a nap just like the bear cubs?
They’re awake now, and looks like they are totally into a discovery and playtime with the melon and veggies (or whatever the food is on their floor). Moving a little slow, like they just woke up from a great nap! One is climbing around, the others are more into the eating scene. Soooo cute! Now they are getting more playful – this is addictive and so wonderful – to be able to watch them….kudos to LTWC for all they do! Thank you, thank you! My husband and I go fishing and bring our catch to these little guys, so it’s really neat to be able to see them.
Three cubs up on the shelf napping. A whole fruit and veggie stand scattered on the floor. Whole carrots, little green apples, apricots or plums? So they must’ve eaten a lot of fresh fish from their pool this morning. Another day in a happy childhood!
Just a little ‘slap the bear’ before lunch.
Everybody’s in the dining room! Watermelon wedges all over! Also plums and other fruit. And carrots which the cubs appear to be avoiding. Remember when L’il Smokey was going into denning and began to get hungry? He searched his enclosure, the Bobcat house, and was thrilled to find a carrot hidden in a corner! Three of the cubs are high on the shelf which looks about a foot deep in the picture but is actually quite roomy. No sense of personal space — they’re forever rasseling and get very close when they sleep.
Mimi you brought tears to my eyes remembering how proud Lil Smokey was to find that carrot left behind or hidden under the pallet. I knew then that he would do just fine when he was released back in the wild. I love to watch the cubs snuggle close when they go to sleep…..
They don’t seem to like carrots lol
What messy little critters the cubbies have been in their feeding room! Can’t tell what they had but they must have had a blast with it, what ever it was!!!!! So nice to have more cameras online now. Gotta check them all out now!!!!!
The new webcams are awesome. Thanks Karen, well done. Right now those cubbies want out of the foodroom. They are scratching at the door and want to play!
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