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How many rapidly-growing bear cubs can squeeze (or shove) themselves onto a tiny shelf? Is Brockway doing any better socially? I thought I saw him eating with everyone yeasterday.
I know some of you have been worried about Brockway our smallest cub. So we decided
to have him examined & weighed today just to be sure everything is OK. When he came to us he weighed 14 pounds & 2 weeks ago he weighed 25 pounds. We’re happy that TODAY he weighed in at 33.3 pounds. That’s about 1/2 pound per day! Even though it may LOOK like he isn’t getting any food he definitely is or he wouldn’t be gaining weight. We feed twice a day fruit & fish & there’s always something left for him even though you may not see it on the webcam. He looks really good in fact- just a small bear. No fleas / skin issues & he really IS fine. We appreciate your concern & that’s why we had him examined today but please try not to worry as he is doing JUST fine!
Brockway is a feisty little bear know he is getting food. Hard to believe that all 10 of these cubs were born either in January or February they are all different shapes and sizes like us humans. Thank you Denise and everyone there for taking care of the bears and all the other wildlife.
Thanks for the update – great to hear!
Bless Brockway’s cotton bear socks he’s a sneaky bugger. That’ll stand him in good stead. He was getting down and grabbing food a few times that I saw so he must be doing it often. Thanks so much for taking care to make sure he’s alright. It looked as though he was just not eating for a while but he obviously is!!
It is interesting to watch the volunteers take care of everyone. I bet locking those other bears up in the playroom caused havoc!
I was reading today that placing food in unusual places and making it ‘a game’ to find it would cause rehab cubs to be less likely to predict food and to expect it from humans, as well as to cause them to develop foraging instincts. Not sure if that sounds difficult to accomplish to you (it sure does to me) and I suspect you know that trick and know they’ll forage good anyway regardless.
Thank you for being so awesome. Bless you all.
not sure if brockway is the little black bear on the pillow yesterday, waking up, but the one that keeps hiding in the corner on the top shelf of the sleeping room is small and ‘brown’. if you check cam 3, he’s almost always there alone. today he came down for a piece of fruit with 2 cubs wrestling below in the corner of the room. when he got to the floor 2 more came in and all 4 ganged up on him, stole his fruit and beat him up. he doesn’t play with any of them – just hides top shelf sleeping room behind pole. i guess being the one they all pick on should make him stronger when he has to be out on his own.
thanks for looking into things though.
Yes Brockway is the smallest bear that hides out in the den. We pulled him out & isolated him last month for a few weeks to give him a chance to gain weight. That’s when he weighed 25 pounds & yesterday weighed in at 33 pounds. So now we KNOW he’s getting food & like someone said he’s a sneaky bear & figures out a way! We’re doing our best with this record # of bears this year here & it can be difficult at times to keep all the ” kids” getting along with each other but they are learning skills they will need when released!
it is hysterical how they all pile on top of each other to sleep. there are at least 4, but i think it’s more like 6 stacked on top of each other on 1/2 of the top shelf in the sleeping room. the other half of the shelf is empty. pretty sure the little guy is somewhere in there too since that corner is “his” spot.
Little guy just came down to look for some food – nothing left. So back up the pole, but this time to the bottom shelf where it looks like he’s trying to scrape something out from between the logs underneath the top shelf. It’s where he was eating his fruit on the top shelf at lunchtime. Maybe some fell between the logs and now he’s trying to get it out to eat. All the other cubs have so much energy I get tried just watching them. They play constantly; constant motion.
I checked in on the little guy today when 2 people were cleaning the pens sometime before lunch your local time. All the bears were locked in the play room while the other rooms were being cleaned “except” the little guy. He was still hiding on the top shelf behind the pole in the sleeping room. Then they put a bunch of fruit in the feeding room and some in the sleeping room. They didn’t let the other cubs in for at least 15 minutes. The little guy came down the pole to the 2nd branch from the bottom, sniffing the air. Then he looked like he heard something and back up to the top shelf. He did this several times, not stepping on the ground. Quickly back up the pole, slowly back down… I was cheering him on – “HURRY UP; GET SOME FOOD BEFORE THE OTHER 7 OR 8 PIGGIES ARE LET IN AND YOU DON’T GET ANYTHING.” Well he finally got enough courage to get a piece of fruit and take it up to his shelf. Did this twice and then the others came in. After that he got some super courage, cautiously came down 2 more times, dashed to the fruit and grabbed a piece each time and took it to his shelf to eat. I doubt if he ever gets any fish or other goodies from the play room – I haven’t seen him go in there. It’s like he’s terrified of everything. It’s sad. (I have a dog, rescue, like that.) And he’s soooo much smaller looking compared to the others. Too bad the food deliverers can’t toss some fish and snacks to him on his top shelf to help him grow. He’s usually there alone when it’s food time. But I guess they are trying to teach them all to get their own food before releasing them. (This is really gross – the food is scattered under the shelf in the feeding room and after eating the cubs go to the top shelf ‘over top the food’, back themselves up to the edge of the shelf and go to the bathroom on top of the leftover food. Wouldn’t want to eat those leftovers.)
Just now two volunteers were hosing down the floor and squee-geeing it. At least three cubs on the top shelf just watching. As for white on their ears, their ear tags catch the light. Hard to see colors. . . . It sounds like someone is being bullied. I’m sorry to hear about that. Your comments are read by The Powers That Be and the cubs are watched pretty closely. Thanks for your concern!
Thank you Mimi. It’s really good to know!
You guys take real good care of these bears, and we are cheering you all on.
This little guy has given up. He went down the pole 5 or 6 times for some food when the room was empty and each time another came charging in from the play room and chased him back up the pole. A couple of times he made it around the corner to the food but then saw another on the shelf in the food room and turned right around and scampered back up the pole again. They won’t leave him alone. He must be too small to defend himself. He hides behind the pole on the top shelf and peeks out when another one enters the sleep room. When it’s all clear he sneaks down the pole, but there is always another in the feeding room or entering the sleeping room and they scare or chase him back up the pole.
They’ve been wrassling all afternoon on and off. Finally that small black cub kicked the bigger cub off the top shelf and then climbed down very slowly and cautiously. Sniffed the food scraps on the floor, and went outside. So maybe he’s finding some food or at least he/she stood up for herself. I think it’s best to leave it to them to figure out – that’s how they get stronger – not gonna survive in the wild otherwise.
Either he’s stopped eating altogether or he’s too scared to go down. I think Sandy is right. He won’t come down – he looks like he wants to. Poor sweetie. I watched the cleanings and feeding this evening, and those big 7 cubs are all having fun and eating, but this one is not. I don’t think he/she is doing too well. Do you guys know about it? I would call you but maybe you know already, and I don’t want to disturb your day. I presume you know and aren’t worried.
Oh my gosh! The little one finally decided to come down to eat, but now the others are back for second helpings of the melon. And every time he tries to step to the ground, one of the others (they’re bigger than him) chase him back up the post. And when he’s on the top shelf they come up and beat him up. He’s going to starve if they don’t let him eat.
He’s been scratching and scratching and scratching his ears, neck and face. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t want to eat and play.
Looks like maybe more than one of them have white things on their ears. Just saw the black on come up onto the shelf. He is huge compared to the little guy hiding up there. The black one brought up some watermelon for himself. He hasn’t eaten it yet, but he keeps smacking the little one in the face. Maybe to keep him away from his melon? Hope the little guy gets some food before its all gone.
The one with what looks like a white tag, bandage or spot on his ear – he won’t come down to eat. The ladies are cleaning up the play room, all the other bears are eating fruit and this little guy is hiding behind the post on the shelf. I think his buddy might have finally come down; doesn’t look like he’s up there with him any more.
The 2 on the top shelf of the sleeping room don’t seem to want to play or eat. A while ago all were playing while the eat/sleep areas were being cleaned except these two. They were huddled together on the shelf. Now all are chowing down on the watermelon and those 2 are still huddled together in the corner behind the post on the shelf. Wonder if they are sick or if the others are too rough for them. Hope they get their share of the food.
Three cubs on the top shelf all entwined and cuddling, licking each other. I never knew cubs from different mothers would do this. They look so happy, you would never know they had lost their mothers! Thank you Lake Tahoe WC for all that you do. I would volunteer if I were physically able to. In fact, if I ever recover, I will try to come there to work/live. Such fabulous work that you do.
And these cams are just a terrific way to share what you do with the world.
Bless you all, and the cubs/animals!
Weird! At least 4 if not 5 or 6 or 7 cubs on the top shelf so quiet I thought the camera was stuck! Watching someone out of camera range. Nobody in the playroom. Nothing but melon rinds in the dining room.
Yes they wrestle big time one was pushed from the shelf to the ground in the feeding area yesterday, then another near by came up to check on him.. He seemed ok,stunned maybe.
Oh-wow! A bunch of cubs on top shelf and another big kid wants to join them. Pushes, and makes it. And then another one decides it’s too crowded. Is this a version of the college students in a VW game? That climbing tree is getting a workout, too!
Two cubs rasseling bigtime on the top shelf. Supposed to be nap-time!
Three very lively cubs upstairs here. Rasseling bigtime! I hope one is Tahoe and she’s having some fun.
Hello, Can anyone answer my questions? I thought the siblings from Paradise were supposed to be in the Bobcat Enclosure, but I never see two? Just the one that looks anxious for company. Which bear is it that moves up and down on the log in the Bear Cub Play Area in the lower corner? Why is he/she doing that? Where will you put the latest and littlest 9th bear cub to arrive?
Geri, the female from Paradise in in the bobcat enclosure. She is in isolation due to an injury. her brother is in the bear house with the other cubs. Tahoe is the one you see pacing, altho she has settled down in the last couple days (I think) The new cub is not on the webcam, she is in a separate enclosure as she is quite small and not ready for the big kids
When will the female from Paradise be able to join her brother and the other cubs?
If I’m guessing right, Tahoe has been on the upper ledge for a while, with Meyers (and another cub or two, occasionally) trying to get up there. She seemed to be fending them 0ff with the bear cub equivalent of a scowl.
Really great to see both of them up there now, with toys and a ball. Looks like she’s defending space and her toy – but they’re both up there interacting. Glad they’re similar size/weight. Tahoe sure likes that striped toy. It must be really durable!
Two cubs on the top shelf in here — one snoozing, one fidgeting. That adds up to SIX if they haven’t gone from room to room. Wow! Nice timing . . . if it was going to happen this way. No momma but lots of brothers and sisters.
That same cub is back up on the top shelf with a blankie. He has the sweetest face! I think this is the one who came down a couple hours ago, puttered around the milk dish, maybe moved the black teddy bear, and I was surprised to see him head back toward the bedroom favoring the back left leg! He wasn’t even stepping on it! He has a light color tag in his right ear. He’s restless. The back left leg is hurting him; he tries several positions before putting his weight on it. Heal, sweetheart!
Is this the hurt little cub? Hope he’s feeling better!
I think so, Kat. It’s 6:30 p.m. and he’s on the top shelf, has a blankie, light color tag in his right ear. Just snuggled up behind the vertical log. In the food room were scraps on the floor and a yellow dish of milk. Now he’s climbed down, out of camera range.
Ooh I see a bear laying down licking his perch..wonder what he found!
LOL little bear up top, big bear butt facing the cam as his much larger pal goes up to bug him. Cute. Looks like one is ready for hibernation and one just arrived, such a difference in them! Little bear wants to lounge, fluffy butt seems to want to play (or eat, eating an empty rind).
Nice to see the bears at 2:45am lights are on in the sleeping area and feeding area.
You two fuzzy cubbies need to make room for Charliecub to snuggle too! *stern look*
oooh looks like 2 fuzzycubbies!
Awww a sleepy bear!
Yes, there’s a bear cuddled on the top shelf.
They kept the two Carson Pass cubs so the little girl could put on some more weight before letting them run free. These two are so fun to watch because that little girl can sure run fast to get away from her much bigger brother. Ally and the Donner bear were taken away a few weeks ago and hopefully they are running and playing somewhere near Tahoe now.
Muchisimas gracias, Deanna!
Someone – Please tell about the new bear cub.
Are there still bears in here? Oh, boy, am I out of the loop. “Bianca,” my Subaru Justy has died. I’ll have to pay Blue-GO to get to the board meeting Tuesday night. And they won’t let me audit the training. It’s filled up. I sent my check, but it hasn’t been cashed. So what’s a girl to do? Sit in the sun and do bleeping cross-stitch?????
The concrete pool is overflowing in the bear cub play area!
I just called and Tom will turn of the water.
Is the little Luther bear not well that they didn’t release them? Funny with her ‘strong’ personality that she didn’t get enough to eat. Sending positive thoughts that these will be healthy, happy WILD bears soon.
She just wasn’t at the weight we hoped but after hibernation the bears DO lose weight. Since this is a Spring release it will give us time to fatten her up & there will be more for them to eat after her release. She IS a spunky one though- watched the two of them ” bear wrestling” today and she is tough! They chased -batted-and “literally” drug each other all over the place!
I am just happy both of them are still together. I thought they might release her brother and leave her because she did look awfully small to me. This way it least she can be with her brother when you do finally release them. Do you know how long the brother will stay with her once they are released? I dont have a clue if they will even stay together or not. They both sure are cute when they play together.
Thank you for the reply.
Looks like the natives are getting restless
Little Luther Bear looks so small, but I am so glad that CFW let the siblings stay together. It has to bring comfort to both of them. Thank you to all of you for what you do to keep our animals healthy and wild!
One cub has waked up and is moving a bit, coming to terms with things. Her eyes catch the light wonderfully. Her little buddy is awake, too. The big one is either doing her Pilates or she’s scratching her back and sides against the log. This time tomorrow . . . freedom! No people! Just sunshine and the whole world to check out!
Thank you both, Tina and Deanna, for your info. I also am not on FB. I left after much consideration. I do go to board meetings — love to listen to all the great ideas. Cheryl did say something about not feeding the cubs too much before their release because then they would be most uncomfortable when they can’t find a salad bar out in the wild and they would be hungry. She didn’t seem to know exactly how this release would come about. . . . I plan to re-take the training in May. As the season warms up, I’ll tell what I know. Got birds, frogs and squirrels in my own yard, but the neighbor horses don’t come back from their winter home until mid-May. Our newspaper features readers’ photos, and they showed a gorgeous family of four bears at Fallen Leaf Lake. XO XO
That makes sense they wouldnt feed these cubs that much before release. We just spotted some very fresh bear poop near our house here in Gold Run yesterday so they are out and about here at 3500 feet.
On Facebook today Tom said that Fish and Wildlife will be coming Thursday to get ‘some’ or all of the cubs to release them. They are going to be getting food until they come and get them. The Luther Bears were walking around and the little girl is still tiny to me. It was funny because Ally and the Donner cub were afraid of her and ran back under the shelf to hide.
Deanna – That’s funny about Ally & the Donner cub being afraid of the little girl. Maybe Tom will let us know the weights of all of them after they go for release. And, “maybe” if the little girl is still too small she won’t be going anywhere yet.? Also, thanks for the release info because as I’ve said, I’m not on Facebook so I’m out of the loop.
Yea! Tom & Cheryl did some cleaning in the playroom and Tom spread some food around for the kids. They will be happy cubbies now!
I can see 3 of the 4 cubs are up. The two Luther cubs are in the playroom area looking for food & water. Thanks Deanna for the info.
I see Ally and the Truckee bear in here awake. They were just playing a little bit while they both are lying under the shelf. Now they are laying there cleaning themselves. The two Luther cubs are sleeping under the shelf in the feeding room again so I missed while they were up. I wonder if they are going to feed them or if they want them to stay sleeping for now?
It’s been too quiet on here for quite awhile now & I’m not on Facebook, but was wondering if anyone knows when the last 3 cubs will be released? It seems the bears in the wild are starting to come out of hibernation now. These cubs must be getting thirsty & hungry I would think.
I have been wondering the same thing as you. I know the bears are awake down here and the Bear League has pictures of Tahoe bears awake as well. There are four bears still at LTWC. The two in here are Ally (from Alpine meadows) and the Truckee bear. The Luther bear cubs are in the feeding room. Tom told me on facebook that the big brother is sleeping on top of the little girl protecting her so that is why you only see one in there. He said they are all going to be released in the spring so that should be soon. I hope they get a good few days of eating before they come to release them but we will see.
Someone has woken up and realized its buddies are not in here anymore. It is smelling the logs and climbed way up top looking and smelling and now it is down below waking up its friend. I can only see two bears in here now so I think the two Nevada City bears are already gone and I missed the action.
It seems there should still be 4 bear cubs in the ‘big bear cub den’. The San Juan bears aren’t suppose to be release until next week (1/31) and they haven’t said when the Luther bears will be release. But, yes, we must have missed the pick up of the Nevada City bear cubs. I wish them all the best and hope they do well without their mothers or LTWC.
I “think” two bears are in the feeding room, if you look close under the shelf in that room you can see it least one bear under there. I think the ones in the feeding room are the Luther bears. But then really I dont know who is who in here. I am going to miss these cubs and like you hope they will be OK in the forest.
Funny, the big 5 are in the little room and the little pair are in the big room, and trying to steal the big 5′s hay!
Two cubs on the shelf, napping. Lovely!
Awww bro and sis cuddled up and the others cuddled in the feeding area. So cute.
At the moment I think I see the little Luther Pass girl on the top shelf. Another large bear — her brother? — is on the lower shelf. The little minx is reaching through the logs to bother him! At least the ailing bear is back with his friends. Notice all the glossy fur on these kids. That’s Cheryl’s good feeding!
He did get a good check-up last night. He weighs 91 pounds! Dr. Willets was explaining the back left leg problem to high school freshman Tatum who is going to be a vet. Sounds like an infection. Horses also get it. Lots better now but he still needs antibiotics. There was talk of letting him back into the general population because they miss him and he misses them. Looks like for a while longer he’s stuck in the bedroom. He’s a handsome bear and will eventually be just fine.
thanks for the update Mimi, was worried about him.
Guess he had a check up. Hope he’s all well!
wow he can hide behind the tree lol, still moving a little slowly, any update on his progress?
Bear is sleeping, moving a little. He sure looks big!
Our convalescent bear just climbed down for a minute. Now he’s back on the shelf in a new position, front paws together, looking around — or else he’s stretching his neck! Just making the best of things. I understand while he was sedated for medical attention, he got weighed — 80 pounds!
Awww, he’s pawing at the door, I think he’s lonely!
Our convalescent bear is awake, looking out, yawning. Cheryl said we would see a volunteer come in here to minister to him. Looks like maybe a pan of water on the floor. Mary, the cams turn off at night. These messages show up, however. Discussion on FB about how this bear got hurt. I have seen them slip badly on some of the climbing logs — especially the one in the food room. Despite high standards of cleanliness, there’s something of a slime and moisture factor. You heal, sweet bear!
man I typed that badly, PER Mimi is what it should say
Apparently poor Mimi this bear hurt his leg and needs to rest – the other 2 bears where Chips used to be lost their mom last night and are new, poor babies.
It looks like a bear asleep up on the shelf here. Mary, for sure something is going on because there are two bears in the house where the two bobcats were earlier. Something is going on. I’ve seen all the cameras working. That doesn’t explain the shuffling of animals. I’m wondering if the bear in the bedroom is not well. Let’s say a prayer for all of them.
I still can not get any activity on web cams and don’t know why. Will continue to try in hopes that all is well and all are sleeping well.
Thanks for your comments. I still cannot get anything on web cams. Perhaps it is my computer. If you hear or know anything about the what is going on please continue to write posts. Thanks and I will continue to hold positive thoughts for the cubs and all the animals at the LTWC center. Mary
Apparently all of the web cams are down today. I miss watching those little bears inner act with one another. Have been watching one of them that seems a little removed from the others. This little bear doesn’t seem to eat much, and is alone much of the time. Is this bear doing okay? Thank you for all you do at LTWC. Our community appreciates you and all of the volunteers so very much.
Wow! Looks like all five are in here! Nobody in the play area. Volunteers squee-geeing the dining room. Garbage on the floor in here. Bears on the decks. I never before saw all of them in the bedroom and the door down! They’re little troopers to put up with this!
Yep! More cubs napping in here! Just a few shifting pixels as they breathe on the top shelf.
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