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Finally got to see our latest cutie. Too cute. Looking healthy, happy to see that!
Happy Fathers Day men and women who are mom and dad.
Happy Father’s Day! The cub’s home is being swept. Something wrong with the camera; volunteers don’t stand still like that!
Just saw the little bear back down the log and disappear off camera. He has a lovey, a pool, tire swing, empty dish and a melon rind. Life has kicked him in the teeth, but he’s just doing his bear business, not dreaming all the good stuff in store for him. Thanks, Tom, Cheryl, volunteers and donors!
I’ve been keeping an eye on this new cub…..he appears quite comfortable wth his new digs. I see him playing on the tire and climbing the walls often. Dinner has arrived so he should be down soon. So sorry he lost his Mom, but he will grow strong, thanks to LTWC.
Thank you, Michelle! I’ve never seen the smallest cubs play on the tire — until they get in the bear house. I’m car shopping and going to court soon; might as well be in Tucumcari for all the help I can be! Thanks to everyone else!
Well, I just saw a bear! She was looking out the window. Then she walked slowly up the log. I’ve no idea what the plan is. Maybe these two will be added to the bear house kids next week?
Good guess Mimi! Since it’s been so cold & these 2 have really slowed down eating- ” sometime” tomorrow ( Monday) they will be moved to the bear enclosure with the other 2 hibernating bears. Haven’t really done this before so ought to be interesting! Not sure of a time yet either but Cheryl might know more!
Thanks Denise and I too wonder what is going to happen when they move them over to the big bear house. Hopefully they dont decide to wake up the two luther bears when they get in there.
A new cleaned up and edited version in memory of Li’l Smokey’s release February 5. 2009.
That is a beautiful tribute to Smokey Sue. I wished I got to watch him through his journey here, he was a beautiful bear.
I still miss him and think of him often. Thanks Sue.
Well, no sense watching a clean livingroom! I should be cleaning my own. I’ve been thinking about L’il Smokey. Even went to the home page and looked at all the animal pictures. As for bears, Smokes’ pictures are mixed up with Mendi and others, but baby bears are so darned cute — except when they’re hungry or hurt and missing their moms.
Hi Mimi, hard not to think about Smokey when the other babies are being released. I hope he’s rolling in the grass, catching fish and having a wonderful life with no memories of the pain he experienced as a baby!
Is anybody in here? Speak up, please! Channel 7 did another great film clip late last night about the bears. Not many families eat as well as Cheryl’s bear cubs! The link is on our home page. I’ve no idea what’s going on with the bears who were/are in here except they’re in good hands. Yet again it’s snowing today. And everybody is ready for spring.
I watched the Bay area news station last night on TV because we live on the top of a tall mountain and actually get Bay area channels on our TV antenna! I got to see the bears and was surprised they were actually 3 of them in here. It must of been filmed before Ojai and Llano were taken to the F&W down in the valley and the Truckee bear came back up here. To see them on TV really was a thrill because you can see them clear and they are Beautiful! I havent seen any bears in here for 2 days now and not even any fresh food but I havent checked to often because I havent been home much.
It was very nice to see ‘Busy With Bears’. They showed what a great job LTWC does. I really liked seeing the loft where the bears hang out since we can’t see it from the webcam. Thank you for taking such good care of our bear cubs!
Nice story about LTWC aired tonight in the SF Bay area – http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=8827721&pid=8980379 Thank you team LTWC
Now, Deanna, you need an affirmation about this: the cubs are in a good place and on their way to success in LIFE! Bears have to face their hunger every year. Luckily for them, they don’t take it personally. Imagine how totally over the moon they will be when they come out of their dens and realize they’re wild and free! I am most interested in animal communication, so I really wish they could be reassured that they will indeed be freed ASAP. Smokey seemed to realize the people had plans for him. See the red shoes picture where he’s looking up. The little coyote that Cheryl finally coaxed to eat — a psychic read on her and said she thought we were going to keep her there all her life! Thanks, Deanna, for your input. I fear watching bears hibernate is going to be like watching paint dry. I call LTWC as little as possible. Have we met? Where are you? Sue Horst has my email. I expect to take the training again in May so more will soak in and stay. . . God bless!
I know the bears are in a excellent place and what Tom and Cheryl do for them and all the animals is amazing. I watched two of the Golden Eagles being set free this summer and cried like a baby because I was so happy knowing they had a second chance at life. I just feel bad because I know these cubs are hungry but that is the life of a bear. I wasnt complaining at all Mimi just feeling sorry for there hungry tummies. We havent met Mimi because I live on the other side of the Sierras above the town of Colfax in a tiny town called Secret Town. I wished I lived closer because I would volunteer here in a heartbeat.
I feel so bad for the bears when the food isnt coming as often right before hibernation This morning I watched one of them sitting on the water looking around, then go to the window and sit around before deciding to just climb up the windows wiring. It got so far up all I could see was its feet! Then it came down and slowly went up the ramp looking rather disgusted or sad. Now there isnt any food or bears in site.
I watch the bear cubs with a heavy heart knowing everything will change soon. It was cute today, one bear was going up and the other coming down, so they had to decide whether they were going up or down. They both went down and ate what was on the floor. Looks like they got it all!
Thanks, Tom, for a great update! Also a big thanks to Deanna and Geri. I realize FB works for other bears and people; I take responsibility for my decision. Also I will miss the next board meeting, so might as well live in Tucumcari for knowing what’s going on. So our two girls WILL get to hibernate! Interesting! When I gave Cheryl my extra peanut butter Thursday, she said she would use it for the next crop of baby bears, i.e., the ones being born about now — not the ones we’re almost finished with.
I asked about the North San Juan cubs on facebook yesterday and Tom sent me a nice reply back that I will share here for the people who dont have facebook. I really do hope Tom dont mind me posting it here…
This is from the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care facebook page:
Yes. The two North San Juan babies were released today. Well – - – they are not ‘babies’ anymore. IF YOU RECALL – - – we had a male and female from North San Juan. The male, which came in on June 7th, weighed 15.8 pounds. Today, after being in hibernation for 2 1/2 months, he was released with a weight of 90.2 pounds. He has gained a ‘net’ of 75 pounds. (I told you Cheryl is a good cook!!) The female, which came in on the same date also at 15.8 pounds, weighed in today at 54.3 pounds. Probably a ‘little’ lighter than we would have liked, but, it is not unusual for the females to weigh in at a lesser weight than the males. KABC San Francisco was here to videotape the whole process and they will air this, and some other segments, starting this Sunday, at 6pm. Yes, I know. Sunday is the Super Bowl, but, you can also look on line after Sunday night to see what they showed. The two cubs left in the BEAR Cage (the two from Luther Pass which came in on October 4th) will continue hibernating and F & G will do a ‘Spring’ release with them sometime over the next 4 – 8 weeks. The ‘other’ two cubs (now in the Bobcat Cage, known as Alley – from Alpine Meadows – and the Truckee cub) will begin hibernation within the next week and we will move them over to the BEAR Cage sometime next week. They will also be released in the Spring. And – finally – yes, the cubs were released ‘near’ where they came from. I do know that their ‘den’ is in the snow, so, they are higher in elevation than North San Juan. Hope this answers all of your questions. Thanks for following the story of these cubs. By the way. We are in the process on ‘Increasing’ the number of ‘Streaming’ web cams by this next summer. How does SIXTEEN cameras sound??? Stay tuned. Tom
This afternoon I took some peanut butter to Cheryl and had a great little visit, solving all the world’s problems. There are two cubs in the bear house and these two in the bobcat house. She said they have several other animals — owl and large birds. Didn’t get to watch the bears go today. I took a special van to the VA hospital in Reno. Gorgeous sunny day but crisp and cold. The lake coming back was extra beautiful. Such a treat to get the front seat and not have to drive.
We drove over Mt Rose Summit on Sunday coming home from Reno and spent the day at the North Shore. It was beautiful but freezing as usual up there. I love the view from the top of Mt. Rose of the lake. Did you get to see them when they took the bear cubs out today Mimi? I wasnt home to keep a eye on the camera so I missed it.
I guess the San Juan bears were sent home today. I missed that too. So, I guess we’re down to four. Please world – keep them safe, healthy, and happy. I love my bears!
Now we have one very round bear looking out her window, head turning. What is she thinking? It snowed today and was just freezing. Cold tonight. Then some more nice sunny days. It looks like Housekeeping has been here since I looked around noon. No dry food, drinking water dirty, lots more apples. a friend checked recently and said the two were looking out the window and throwing apples at each other! Be nice if Management would bring their tire swing down from where it’s caught. . .
So the two kids are standing at the window again. Hard to tell if they are talking, singing, crying, or dancing. Very cute!
Oh-wow! two fish for the girls! No dry food in the dishpan. it appears to be beside the dishpan! Lots of pears and apples. No grapes or greens. I can see the pear shape. And same color round, so maybe apples. No cubs in sight. Looks like enough for two. Oh, thanks for your descriptions, Bobbie and Geri. The cubs seem to have made friends and sense that good things are in store for them.
Okay, so they don’t like fish. Again tonight they both stood on their hind legs looking out the window, kissing, talking, swaying, and neck wrestling. They are both so adorable.
I am happy to hear that they have been hanging out together now and cant wait to see them myself.
Right now we have a very fluffy cub walking through grapes and apples (etc.) and looking out her window. No carrots in sight! Clean house. Looks like enough food for two. The kids must sense that the seasons are changing.
Both cubs are down eating. It looks like Allie is giving the new cub first choice of dinner selections. Nice that both cubs are about the same size but I think Allie is still looking out the window for her buddies that are on their way home.
OMG – it is so cute. It’s as if the two little bears have had a beer and are looking out the window singing old Irish songs. I haven’t seen them so animated.
Now this house is going to be really-really clean: Housekeeping is Himself! Tom is squee-geeing puddles of water. Carrots are gone. . . . Thank you, Tom!
Somebody likes carrots least! Carrots scattered all over. Dry food scattered.
DEER MISSUS CHERYL: PLEEZ MAKE GRATED CARROT SALAD W/LOTSA RAISINS AND PINEAPPLE. YUM. THANKS. YER BEAR KIDS
Management has been in to straighten the place and leave a great amount of apples, carrots, maybe pears, something green and fluffy — grapes or greens. The dishpan is full and the water is clean — at least until someone walks thru it. One reason anyone would be looking out that end window is that it’s the only place a bear can look out! I have just quit FB, so I hope my friends will come here.
Mimi, I know you dont do facebook so I thought I would tell you about the update Tom posted on it? They took Hoopa out of the bear house and he is now on his way up to Humboldt-Toitabe National Forest. They are going to be coming tomorrow to take the Nevada City bears and again on next Thursday (31st) they are coming to pick up the two cubs from North San Juan. They are all going to be put into dens so they can wake up as free and wild bears again. Tom promised to try to set up the cameras here to show only the bear house room when they go in to pick up the two cubs tomorrow. He didnt say the times they were going to get the bears but hopefully we will be here to see them wake up two of the cubs tomorrow. Hoopa weighed 87.7 pounds yesterday so he is huge! They didnt mention anything about the Luther bears so guess they will be here for a little longer to sleep.
Ally and the Truckee bear will not be released until Spring time.
They are coming Thursday to take the Nevada city bears out, not today.
Just checked in in time to see a huge bear cub step in the dishpan, move on over the water dish, past the two balls, to the window and straight up the wall past the window! Up and up and up! Looks like she’s ready for the wild!
Oh, Oh. Looks like the cubs need to call down for room service & food. I hope all is well at LTWC today.
Oh, dear! No food in sight and also no bears, but the dry food is spilled all over the floor! These kids are worse than the raccoons for spilling the dry stuff!
Okay, just now I called LTWC and Tom says in a recording that their winter hours end at 5 p.m. Just that I see two of the fattest bear cubs eating! They’re huge! They look like little footstools! Wow-ee!
Awww, she is sitting staring out the window. Must be confusing to have 2 roomies that disappear, then get a new one out of the blue. Hope she’s ok
Poor little cubbie keeps looking out the window even tho room service has been in and left her a lot of yuNNy looking goodies. Has the new cub that came in been put in with her yet or is she all by herself since Ojai and Llano were moved down to Sacramento? It seems to me that she is looking out to see where her friends went ????
I thought the same thing. It looked as if Allie was wondering where her friends went. She has always been so busy eating, and now she’s looking out the window.
Aha! So that’s why less food is being put out! Only one cub? How’d you learn that? I really really really don’t like FB and am about to un-friend the whole business. If you see what I posted today, you’ll see; they might unfriend ME first! The bear news is on this site. Love, Mimi (maybe I should omit the comma and just ask for love!)
Looks like Room Service has been here. The dishpan is full of dry food. Quite a few yellow and pinkish fruits scattered around, also some fluffy green stuff. Can’t tell if it’s grapes or greens or what. Still, it doesn’t look like enuf for 3 growing cubs. Maybe we’re on to two feedings/day? Yes, I count 16 fruit — one definitely a pear — and two green clumps. And a long white thing in lower left. So what is that? Well, just the facts, ma’am! These folks know what they’re doing. This is the girl who worried about feeding baby birds all night and who asked if bears have belly buttons! So much to learn!!! Keeps me humble. . .
Well, on a dark and bitter cold night, I drove out to LTWC to find only one truck in the driveway and no cars parked like for a BORED (not!) MEETING. I know the garage door code, but it wasn’t like I was hungry! I rang the office bell and waited and waited and waited. Finally the largest girl bear cub came to the door. She had a big bunch of grapes in the other front paw. I asked her where the people were. Big shrug. When is the meeting? Another big shrug to say, I dunno! I asked if the animals were all well. She nodded yes. I thanked her, reminded her to lock the door, and left. She waved. And that was the bright spot in a dark and very cold night.
She didnt even offer you some of her grapes Sorry you had to drive in your miserable Tahoe conditions to find out there was no meeting.
Yeah, well, going out I’m looking forward; coming back, I just try to stay on the road and pinch myself in wonderment that I get to live here at all. Really, the street is beautiful right now — not that we should have Open House in January!
We go to Tahoe it least twice a month because it is close to our house and its beauty “calls” us back. The lake, the mountains and the forest are just jaw dropping gorgeous no matter how times you go there. You are a blessed women to live in such a beautiful place.
So sorry Mimi! Tom was changing dates like crazy & guess forgot to update everyone! Did you hear there was a ” bear swap” yesterday? Fish & Wildlife (formally known as Fish & Game) took Ojai & LLano to their facility in Rancho Cordova and brought one of theirs from the Tahoe area back up here. They have to get everything in place to release the 2 So Cal cubs so wanted them at their facility for a while to get things ready. Tom & Cheryl know more as I’m in So Cal myself right now- hey could of brought a bear cub back down with me- Haa!
I am going to miss Ojai & Llano but it is good they are getting them ready to be released back where they belong. I know Ann said they do take good care of the bears at Fish and Wildlife but I still think all of them are better off at LTWR. I am hoping the new one is the one the Bear League rescued right before the snows started up there. Poor bear deserves a good place to stay after losing its Mom and siblings.
I just read on the Bear Leagues FB page that this is the bear from Truckee. I am thrilled it is finally safe and where it belongs after all its been through.
Wow, it’s like loosing a member of your family to have them taken away. I have a few questions. Have any of the larger bear cubs been released back to where they came from? What is the plan with CA F&W for the smaller cubs? Will they continue to feed them for awhile before releasing them? Or do they plan to release them soon? All of these bears are near and dear to my heart.
Thanks, Denise, for your input here. I for one have not seen a springtime release, but I thought the rest of you had. Certainly LTWC does the best it can at the time with what it has. (as does Fish & Wildlife) I have “forgiven” the cub who pushed the other bear. I just noticed that the girls come down the log very carefully as tho it were slippery and/or they know a fall would be no fun. I don’t remember L’il Smokey being so careful. . . Right now the livingroom has been cleaned up, dishpan filled, and there’s fresh food but it doesn’t look like as much as usual.
One of the cubs is down munching from the dispan of food after checking the entire floor to see if room service had come while she was asleep. I sure haven’t seen these three cubs interact or play slap the bear like all of the other cubs have. I am wondering if these just fought so hard on their own to stay alive that they never got to be just cubs playing and growing like all kids should.
Wow, lots of beautiful food. Looks like 8 wedges of melon and a lot of green stuff. Looks like broccoli, but I’ve never seen the bears get broccoli. Probably grapes and little fruits. One cub likes to take some food halfway up the log and enjoy it there.
Uh-oh, kids! You didn’t finish all the dry food in the dishpan! The floor is littered with melon rinds and no doubt plenty of poop. The Green Elves are due any time. I dreamed last night that I was at LTWC and they gave me a green jacket to put on. Huh! Guess that doesn’t count for volunteer time . . .
Your funny Mimi… dreaming of getting a green jacket
I see two furry bears enjoying lots of good food spread out on the floor. Now I just watched Llano come down the ramp and she and Ali are just about the same size these days. I think Llano still has a white mark on her right leg where it was shaved?? Once she came down Ali grabbed what looked like some sort of meat and took off up the ramp to devour it off camera.
Oh, that’s good they’re getting meat. I don’t know them by name. I worry a bit about the tiniest one, but Cheryl is watching and obviously there’s enough for all. They don’t seem to bully each other. Of course we don’t have sound; feeding time in the bear house sounds terrible!
Well, an elf with long brown hair has swept really good and filled the dishpan. So where’s the fresh goodies? Oh, there they are — grapes, melon, little things rolling around. A large cub comes down the log carefully, turning around halfway down to go tail first. Another cub does the same. Maybe the log is slippery. One of these cubs got pushed off and fell all the way down. That’s when her buddy got put with the big cubs in the bear house. It isn’t so cold right now. And their fur is thick.
Mimi, I know that you are a nice caring person based on all of your posts over the years. But I wish that you could forgive the Luther Pass female for doing what any scared, defensive, and self-preserving wild animal would do. She lost her mom too, then LTWC took her bonded brother out of the cage, and put the Ojai cub in – and perhaps “swatting” was a learned behavior from being with her yearling brother. I just hope that her big infraction hasn’t condemed her to an early release with a low chance of survival. I pray that they all get a second chance thanks to LTWC.
I can assure you – any bear swatting / punching/pushing or general rough housing will not change the outcome of their release! The 7 older cubs will start being placed in the next month or so as per Fish & Game ( excuse me- now Fish & Wildlife) and the remaining 3 cubs that have never hibernated will be released in the spring near where they were found-AGAIN as per Fish & Wildlife. Remember 2 of the smaller cus came from Southern Calif where they wouldn’t of hibernated anyway! We always hope they will be placed in an area that has been given a lot of thought as to food source and remoteness from people! That being said we haven’t had cubs released in the Spring that I can remember so we’re anxious to see how it compares to a winter “denning” release.
Thanks Denise. Are the two Luther bears going to be released together in the same den as the other five cubs in the bear house now? Just wondering because I know the little girl wasnt too comfortable with the others except her brother. She may be feisty but I still worry about her like Susan because she is so much smaller then the rest.
Sorry, I guess I didn’t make myself clear – what I meant was that Luther Pass girl’s fighting (or dominance display) landed her in with the big boys, always looked below weight in size comparison, and now may be released at a disadvantage towards survival because she didn’t have enough “food” time. But I guess that is really up to Fish & Game if they have weight requirements. I’m sure it was a hard decision what to do with her.Thank you Denise for your comments.
Oh now I understand your comment better! We also worry about the size of the cubs at release / where they are released and who they put together in dens but in the end- like you said- Fish & Game makes those decisions. We
can only ” recommend ” how things should go- unfortunately!
Oh boy! Housekeeping and Room Service have already been here. The floor is clean with three separate little spreads of good fresh food. However, someone has to come back to fill the dishpan. Oh, they did that while I was typing! Food looks like melon, grapes, little light green things rolling around. These cubs are having a happy childhood at last!
Good morning! It’s snowing again. No cubs in sight, and also no food! I don’t see melon rinds, either. Green things might be avocado peel. I was thinking about these girls, how I hope they’re released in a really-good place for them, how I hope they have a totally wonderful time in the spring and summer, enjoying freedom and finding plenty to eat . . . and you know what? These are cubs who were not going to make it at all! It’s “frosting on the cake” that they’ve lived this well this long! And it sounds like I expect them to be released in a group, no, probably individually. God bless!
I see big Ally at the dishpan eating right now and the other two must be on the shelf cuddling together to stay warm. I love Tahoe in the snow but I bet when you live in it you would like to see it not snow so much. It least it keeps the tourist away. Not me, I love Tahoe year round. Dont they ever release them all together? Do you think they are going to wait until later to release these since they are smaller and not hibernating. I wouldnt think they could let them go until the snow melts because they wouldnt have a den to spend the rest of the winter. I know you know better then I do Mimi because I never got to see the bears until August of this year so I am a newbie at this
I’m pretty new, too. I’ve never seen cubs released in the spring. Sometimes siblings are put in a den in the wild — or close by — so they still have their natural buddies. The cubs are supposed to be released near where they were found, so not likely they would be released together no matter how good friends they became here. Besides, what the rehabbers would like doesn’t count for as much as what the X-spurts see fit to do. THIS IS ONLY MY OPINION AND NOT NECESSARILY THAT OF ANYONE ELSE AROUND HERE. We do pray the cubs won’t be put near people which can only make a problem.
Around noon Green Elf Tom was doing a really thorough cleaning — hosing and squee-geeing. Now there’s food and one medium cub eating. I posted then, but the system lost my words. Oh, well . . . Looks like lots of melon, apples, pears and grapes, no carrots.
All three girls are downstairs eating.
It doesn’t seeem like there are seven bears in the bear enclosure anymore. Unless they’re sleeping under the hay. Have some been released back into the wild?
I have been wondering about the same thing as Geri. I read a story in one of the Tahoe papers about two of them being released it least a month ago but nothing was said on FB or here about it. Do you know if they released any Mimi? Hopefully they kept the two Luther bears so they can be released together when the time comes.
It would be hard to count 7 bears when they’re snuggled up like they are. It is not time to put them in wild winter dens yet. I’ve heard nothing but will pay attention at the board meeting in 10 days.
Tom and another green elf, not Cheryl, are standing aghast at the enormity of the clean-up job. Then the food. Looks like the kids are getting my little apples. Door closes and a cub comes down, takes something in her mouth and starts up the log, then backs down. It looks like a dead critter. Tom and the other elf did empty out some small baggies. Maybe Cheryl gave the cubs some protein.
Interesting that there’s still a little food in the dishpan. It was so much fun to see all three cubs rasseling downstairs yesterday. The kids in the bear house do that all the time. These kids have been slower to play.
Just now the two smallest cubs were rasseling. Then the biggest girl came down the log, and the smallest one batted at her trying to start something. Now the middle one is sitting on the water dish. Hey, sweetie, that’s not the potty! All three are downstairs poking around — but ignoring the 3 remaining carrots (looks like from here)!
Sure enough, we have a large bear showing interest in the three remaining carrots. It’s late! Maybe Management got stuck in the grocery line. . .
You wanna bet they come downstairs and finally eat those carrots in the next hour? The dishpan is empty, melons down to the rind. . . .
CHIPS Update: http://news.msn.com/pop-culture/volunteers-toughen-up-bobcat-kitten-thats-too-nice
Thanks Kat for finding this – I hope Chips new caregivers can succeed in keeping her wild so that she can be released and live a normal wild life.
Here is how Chips should act! (don’t worry, there is a happy ending) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiY9inQKkvw
Here’s Tom and Cheryl doing Room Service and Housekeeping! It’s only 30 degrees today. Tom is pushing with the shovel. Maybe the poop and debris is frozen. Now she’s scattered a LOT of lovely fresh food while Tom is still picking up debris in the back. This is really a labor of love for two to do together. Thanks, guys! And here come two cubs head-first down the log. HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY!
Hey, cubs, you didn’t eat all the carrots! Those are good for you! Happy New Year, little girls!
Room Service at last! This volunteer — a brown-haired woman — is poking hard with a shovel to lift up the stuff! No need for her to go to the gym! Thank you, lady! Couple minutes later two cubs — one huge and one quite small — are enjoying the cornucopia of good food. Fresh water in dish. Brown dry food to the rim of the dishpan. Yum! Management is due home today. The food looks like melon wedges, pears, apples, probably grapes.
Boy! The cubs have reduced their livingroom to a few scraps of melon rind and an empty dishpan. Those who make messes provide jobs for those who clean up! Welcome home, Tom and Cheryl!
The sure do make a big mess Mimi and it looks like Tom and Cheryl havent been here yet to clean it up. I also see something below the ramp that is big and white that might have came off a wall or ?? Maybe they are angry because they dont have any food to eat except scraps.
At the moment we have one chubby cub munching away near the dishpan. Today was absolutely gorgeous (until it began snowing again around 3). I took some apples out to the bears. Someone left the apples at Senior Plaza — not like I went and bought them! The neighborhood looks nothing like in July. In fact I missed the turn! I was given the code for the garage, as the regular gate is snowed shut. So I got a look at the food prep table. Little watermelons, apples, gorgeous blushing pears, carrots, asparagus, also bread and peanut butter. The cashew nuts, chicks and mice must be for the large birds who are staying over. Of course the garage is as cold as anyone’s fridge. And so neat and peaceful. Tom and Cheryl are helping with the Rose Parade float again, will be back very soon. Thank you, Denise and crew, for taking up the slack. Happy New Year, cubs! It will be the best of your short lives. . .
Every time I checked in toay the same chubbie cubbie was down munchin away on the spread put out for them. Mimi, glad you were able to get ou there today between storms.
Thank you Denise and volunteers for being there so Cheryl and Tom can get away being there are so many kids this winter.
Everyone have a wonderful New Year.
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The kids are sure getting big!
Love it! One big ” fatty” bear eating and 2 playing ” punch the bear” in the background! First time I’ve seen them play together! Bears are so smart to ” decide” to get along and cuddle up their pudgy bodies to keep warm! Love Them!!!
I am happy that finally someone seen these cuties playing!!! I cant wait until I get to see them playing.
Oh, boy, the Green Elves have been here! Lots of melon wedges, little light colored things, grapes, maybe avocados, and some long green things the general shape of green onions or asparagus or . . .? The cubs like it! The two biggest ones are inhaling it very well. No, I doubt it’s green onions — can’t tell the way the pixels shift. Nice of the People not to declare a Holiday and give that excuse not to clean up and feed! God bless!
I just got to see all three cubs eating what looks like fresh food that was just put out. Ally digging in the dog food dish, Ojai loving fresh melons and Llano eating what Ojai didn’t eat off the melons. If the camera is right I think I can still see where Llano’s leg was shaved. Ally sure is getting BIG these days.
I could not post my comment about 11:30 yesterday when Green Elf Tom did a splendid clean-up job, complete with hosing and squee-gee. Then lots of melon, grapes, little green/white things rolling around BUT NO CARROTS! While he was out getting the food, one cub came downstairs to sniff, then back up. I never saw all three at once. The button wouldn’t click for me. It went pale and unresponsive — huh!
The Green Elves must of been here because I see piles of food, a full dishpan and a nice clean floor but no cubs. I have been watching for about 10 minutes so I am wondering if perhaps the Elves gave each of them a fish to eat up on the shelf. Hopefully they will come on down soon so I can see them before I take off for my Christmas dinner.
Cubs must be upstairs opening their presents. It’s a shambles downstairs. The real giveaway is the empty dishpan. Time for the Green Elves . . .
Merry Christmas little bear cubs and all of the volunteers at the LTWC. You sure do make me happy being able to see these bears daily.
Ooh, the cubs have a clean home and lots of fresh food spread out! Bonnie, the ads make it possible to have these cameras online. Indeed, they’re a bother, but there you are. The ads are for all kinds of products. I don’t like the one with the man slapping the other guy in the face! This way, people don’t have to pay something to “join” before they can watch the animals. We’ve had watchers around the world. Happy Christmas, People and Critters! You, too, Kat, and thanks!
Merry Christmas Bears and Humans. This is a good time for us to show our support and make a donation to help with the costs to rehab the bears. I’m making one — are you?
Why do you have to advertise vodka at the beginning of EVERY video?
Housekeeping is here! Thank you, Tom and Cheryl, aka the green elves! They sweep and remove a big white bucket of refuse and bring back the same kind of bucket full of grapes, melon wedges, carrots, pears(?), etc. — good stuff for the cubs to turn into poop and strong muscles and glossy fur. It’s snowing lightly here and quite cold.
The place looks a shambles! Dishpan empty. Cubs have done justice to all the good stuff put out yesterday, tho there’s lots of debris. In the bear house, sometimes food is left. For sure not here. Just to feed these three is costing something not usually foreseen in the budget. Thanks for your report, Kat! I’d love to see them lined up by size. And yes, they appear to treat one another at least with respect. Probably they cuddle up real good when they sleep, too! Happy Christmas, everybody!
Wow! Housekeeping has been in. The dishpan is full of brown (dog?) food. Enormous and not so big bear are wandering among what looks like cantaloupe halves and something else large and round — probably honeydew melon, as I don’t believe bears eat cabbage. Yesterday they got more greens and it looked like no carrots — unless Cheryl made candied carrots and the kids ate those first! It’s snowing right now. I just listened to Winter World by Bernd Heinrich, about how wildlife survives in winter. Yesterday I saw birds moving around in the sheltered area under a pine tree. Just now, a beautiful squirrel. I think I saw one squirrel burrowing under the snow. And another went up a tree. Heinrich says shivering helps critters raise their body temp. For us it’s just a signal to put on a jacket or move the thermostat. Be warm, everybody!
Mimi, its funny to see them for sure. The bears are lined up in a way right now that makes them look like small medium and large lol, and small is tasting every round thing around her! Nice to see all three together comfortably. Do miss playful bear antics though.
Two cubs are downstairs right now. One over the dispan and one finishing melon and carrots. As with L’il Smokey, carrots are the last to go. Their tire swing has been put up, out of commission. I wonder why. . . . It’s too good a world to end tomorrow!
Love seeing all 3 together, even if they are just hungry. Two lil ones in the dog food bowl, big one laying down beside the bowl. Cute. Hope they get some goodies soon.
Deanna, sounds like you can tell the cubs apart. Good for you! I held one of them when she was sedated. Saw them in person, but that was three bear faces looking down from their balcony. They seem to be three sizes now, so Ally would be the largest, then Ojai, then the little dark one — that’s llano? Right now the square tub is empty and there’s only melon rinds on the floor. It was one degree F. last night. Br-r-r!
Good for the bulls to learn how to get the person behind the cape!
I wished I lived in Tahoe so I could volunteer to help. I envy you for being able to go to the meetings and personally meet the animals that are rescued. How exciting you got to hold one of the cubs!! I got to meet Chips in the office when I went up there. They just brought her in the day I went and I got to say she was adorable but at the same time just looked so miserable because of what she went through. Later that day me and my husband watched one of the Golden Eagles fly free which made me cry knowing this eagle was given a chance to fly free again. LTWC is the best.
I learned who the bears were because of you Mimi. I knew Ally was the big fluffy one and Llano had the shaved spot on his leg. I wished these guys played more, I loved watching the big ones playing
I believe Llano is lighter and Ojai is darker. This is from the pictures I have a both when I transported them both and also comments on facebook from Tom.
At nearly noon, we have debris on the floor, no melon rinds, no bowls. The little green elf will be in here soon. It rained last night on top of the snow. I was thinking that these cubs don’t seem to play much. Are they getting strong muscles? Well . . . I’m listening to a book about how wildlife adapts to extreme cold. Bear hibernation is really a miracle, as they don’t eat or poop all winter and and move very little, and are still strong and ready to go in the spring! The rest of us have to exercise! Even astronauts!
I havent seen them play at all but they may just be getting use to each other still. I think hibernation is amazing because they go without pooping. I never knew that so watching the others go into hibernation was a learning experience for me. Thanks for all your info you give us Mimi, you teach me lots by reading your posts.
Hi, Deanna! Thank you! I didn’t take biology in school, am only a newby volunteer, so lots to learn. I go to the board meetings because for me they’re more fun than most parties! Wonderful, smart people who really care. If only the animals could hear the discussions of where to put who, how to adapt or “furnish” or “decorate” a space for a certain animal. Multiply by the numbers in the worldwide network of groups like this one. Wow!
Not clear off topic, I understand bullfighting is rapidly declining in Spain. The bulls are being enlightened through animal communication we’re just learning to appreciate. These bulls are certified “never caped,” but they now know what to aim for behind the cape! Matadors are retiring early in hordes — or else being badly gored. I used to enjoy the bullfight, saw all the great matadors. But the last one, I watched on TV in a bar in N. Spain and cried in my soup for the bull who didn’t have a script! Good for the bulls! They’re all brave.
Well, a lot of the apparent bulk is fur. They need that because it’s very cold here. Even tho their home has extra layers of heavy plastic. Yesterday’s feeding was very late. Earlier today. I saw the lanky Green Elf sweeping up. Now the usual melon, carrots, etc. (Etc. is the little white things I can’t really identify.) Probably grapes. And what looks like one plastic dishpan of the brown stuff. It looks like the dry dog food LTWC gives to the raccoons so that nobody has hunger pangs — ever! I can’t be bothering Cheryl every time I don’t know something — ha!
Finally I got to see all three at once. Could they be any cuter??? I hope there is room for one more!
I checked in just in time to see the biggest cub with her back to the water dish rubbing her tush on the edge of it! All three cubs are downstairs, evidently eating something. They’re pawing in the straw. Melon rinds still evident. They’re turning the dishes over. The cubs are moving around close to each other — for warmth? Probably they’ve just called Room Service. . .
They are hungry critters — I bet they’ll be the biggest cubs over once ready to be set free!
Here’s the elf in the green hooded parka, sweeping poop, straw and melon rinds up from the floor. A couple minutes ago all three bears were moseying around. A small bear seemed to want to go up the log, but the big kid was coming down. The small cub left the log, and the big one settled down on it. Pretty soon the big cub left the log, and the little one immediately went back upstairs. No petty quarrels, no attempted murder — better than most peeple! Oooh, there’s Tom also in green, helping Cheryl-elf. When you’re scooping poop, “left holding the bag” is a good thing! Full garbage bag. Tom makes a face at the camera, says it’s really cold. Then they empty baggies of something brown (dry dog food?) into bowls. And melon. Grapes. More fruit. Door closes. . . . here comes the big fluffy girl. Yum!
All three bears are eating! Now one is looking out through the plastic. Looks like something new on the floor. Fish maybe. Way to go, cubs!
I see all three of them eating finally! First down was Ally, then came Llano and last came little Ojai who got a little slap from the Ally. No worries because after a few minutes they all were next to each other eating together. They are all so cute!!
Thanks for your notes, Kat! It’s pushing noon, and this looks like a whole new delivery of food. Can’t be sure. Except for sure, Cheryl is letting them eat their fill. That way, when the incredibly hungry one gets so full she can’t walk, there’s something for the littlest one!
Big fluffy butt bear is eating like she’s starving. The two smaller ones are sight unseen….hopefully they’ll come down to the feast soon!
OMG she drank all 3 bowls of stuff. Original bear in her got a fish and climbed a tree, cute! The other is eating too.
Now an elf in green pants and green parks is sweeping up. Could be Cheryl. A few minutes later . . . three dishes and oodles of great food scattered about. Melons, carrots, grapes, apples(?) . . and one very fluffy bear eating. Thanks, Green Elf!
No bears in view. From here it looks like they polished off ALL the food. Three bowls turned over. Thanks for your input, Kat. I just don’t do FB. The animals are HERE! We got a little snow last night. Pretty! I got bears on my Christmas cards — made in China!
After the people left, the bears sniffed around, sat on the slanting log, seemed to ask each other where the food was. Cheryl had told me they had to go somewhere in the afternoon. NOW there’s lots of food! It’s a cornucopia! Bowls and melon, grapes, avocado, apples, etc. if the floor got hosed, I didn’t see it. There’s some straw in front of the igloo. Both igloos got cleaned out. Only 2 bears downstairs. I hope the third gets a good chance. Cheryl will watch for that.
They’re at it again — really cleaning up. Cheryl waved to the camera. Last night, all rested from the cruise, Cheryl looked like the bride in Spenser’s “Epithalamion” — the bride with a sunshiney face! If anybody thinks workers look funny on camera, remember that footing isn’t secure where there’s water or poop. And the camera makes things look jerky that really are not — like Tom tying the garbage bag! AND . . . they can sing! Boy, can they sing! They’ll go down in his-to-reeee!
All three cubs are downstairs right now. The fluffy one just sitting. The other two investigating the tire and perimeter. Tom and Cheryl were caroling at Senior Plaza with their Kiwanis group this evening. Cheryl asked if the cubs had eaten the fish. I can’t read the pixels very well. Maybe part of the fish got eaten. Cheryl said tomorrow all the straw will be taken up because three cubs who aren’t denning make too much mess in the straw. Without straw, the floor can be hosed down.
Makes sense, maybe keep some upstairs lol, they seem to dig in it for food. Glad they may get more food, they seem to really want it now that they are getting it.
Finally I get to see all 3 bears at once.
Mimi, are you sure they are all about the same weight? The new one looks much bigger than the others, and I noticed one of the others still shied away from her when she was too close.
Think they are getting spoiled and wanting more and more food
Kat, I don’t know. I heard someone say that the really fluffy one just has a lot of fur and is not that big under the fur. From getting to chat with Cheryl this evening, it sounds like the bears may get their food upped a bit or get more feedings a day.
Whatta show! I feel terrible sipping my coffee and watching Tom and Cheryl work! They picked up poop and a lot of dirty straw. I can’t read lips, but there were interesting gestures. Then Cheryl returned with a bucket of fresh fruit and veggies. Looks like two small melons cut in quarters, grapes, a couple carrots, and little white things. As soon as she was gone, a big fluffy cub with tag in right ear cam head-first down the log. A much smaller cub came down the little log in the back. They’ll probably scramble back up if Cheryl returns with bowls. Welcome home, T & C!
San Francisco Chronicle 12/9/12
What a great story!
Maybe a cub found the camera. I sure didn’t break it, being 5 miles to the north! Help, Camera Guy!
This fluffy cub has the tag in left ear. She’s polishing off the orange color bowl, really working at it. There is food all over! Melon wedges. Oh, boy! Plenty for all.
Our new fluffy cub is again digging for food. She’s cute pawing at the straw/hay. I guess now that her hunger is awakened she’s making up for lost time. Rarely see the other 2 though.
The light is hazy tonight. One cub is pawing at the straw, walking around. I was out there about 4 and left SIX LOAVES of bread and a jar of peanut butter for them. Tom and Cheryl are due back today. I didn’t go see the animals. It’s very peaceful in the Millham back yard. The senior volunteers have a schedule, unknown to me.
12:35 and a volunteer is pouring something into a yellow dish, then the silver. Then tossing fruit over here and over there, dumps all of it and then picks up bunches of grapes to toss elsewhere so nobody fights to get to any one kind of food. Thank you! Doesn’t look like Denise! Person in baseball cap. 12:36 a fluffy bear comes headfirst down the log and starts on the yellow dish. Yum! 12:40 cub still eating from yellow bowl. I think I see her tag in right ear. All is well in the Bobcat House!
I’m curious — are these cubs not being coerced into hibernation because they still need care? Thanks LTWC for all you do!!
Hi, Bob! Yes, they will winter over. All three are female and probably under 30 pounds. Born last February, none of them got enough food. The hibernating bears are pushing 90 pounds, having had a well-fed happy childhood in the bear house since their various rescues last spring. These girls came in only recently from Ojai, Llano and Alpine Meadows. Ojai, for example, was only 11 pounds. As of a month ago she was 22 pounds. I’ve never seen a spring-time non-hibernating release . . .
We have a bear with tag in right ear pawing at the straw in front of the water dish. She drank a bit. Now looking for the odd carrot? She’s using her right front paw to push the straw aside. Are bears right-pawed? Denise will bring the food in soon. I’ll try to visit tomorrow. Slept thru my alarm today.
No bears in sight at the moment! I just partook of the free baked goods delivery at Senior Plaza. Oh, boy! Got a little jar of PB and two loaves of pretty-good beige wheat bread. Then several more loves of the heavy, seedy bread I like! Will get back out with it ASAP, probably tomorrow. I always refrigerate or freeze, so it will not have green whiskers by the time the cubs get it. If nobody is home, I’ll put it by the back door. I can do better than hot dog buns. What a lovely memory — those three little faces looking down!
Denise, I’m sorry I missed you. I got there mid-afternoon and saw Jo and the adult raccoon “with attitude.” He was to see Dr. W. He had grapes to eat. I get a nice bread distribution every Tuesday. Will look for more tomorrow. I put it in the freezer. Funny, I went to see the three cubs and it looked like panty liners on their floor! Yeah, they’re girls, but . . . Of course it was hot dog buns. All three were up in the loft that faces “out”, toward the water dish and the light source. Three little faces looking down. I said “Hello” and “I love you” and “Good-bye” and “I love you.” They had mixed straw in their peaches, etc. Do you have enough peanut butter? Need anything else? 10:30 is early for me. Call me — 544-1067 if you need more help. I got snow tires but can’t see well enough to drive farther than LTWC. Glasses coming. XO
Thank you, Denise, for your updates. I’ve been threatening to come out there. Probably today. I have good bread for the bears’ sandwich snacks. Also to get Christmas things from storage. Just saw a fluffy bear with red tag in left ear. Nice that the moisture has abated for awhile.
I’m out there feeding around 10:30 every day if you want to come by. We
could use some bread for ” cub sandwiches!”! One more week till Tom & Cheryl are back-hope they are getting in some relaxation on their trip!
The new one is so small.
Actually the new one “looks” big as her fur is very long & has a red tag in her right ear. LLano is lighter and you can see a shaved portion on her leg. Ojai is darker and very compact- hope I got that all straight! The newest cub is (how shall I say this?) A PIG! She eats everything in sight which shows she’s catching up for the last few months! Today I threw her a frozen fish which kept her busy so the others can eat! Not sure where they are all sleeping but they are starting to get used to each other and become buddy’s and will soon probably be dining together also! Every day is better!
Yes, Ally has a healthy appetite. I watched today while you tended to their den, and every time you left, she came down. When she heard you returning, she ran upstairs. Too cute!
Yes she’s making up for lost time but is settling in! Many thanks to the GENEROUS donation yesterday of organic nuts & dried fruits via the Bear League! The cubbies are really loving them. THANK YOU!!!
I never noticed the other igloo in here under the ramp so either I never noticed it or maybe Ally is in here now. I also just got to see two bears down below eating and digging in the straw. One of them was big and the other one was lots smaller and when the bigger one got some food it ran off to the igloo below the ramp.
Hi everyone! Moved ” Ally” (another female!) in with these 2 cubs as she just didn’t seem to want to be by herself in the Raccoon cage! She IMEDIATELY started eating everything in sight – even before exploring or meeting the other cubs which tells me she’s really been struggling to find food the last few months
Since she lost her Mother! I made sure they had PLENTY of food so there was no squabbling over food! I’m hopeful they all get along & after all day ” bear checks” it looks good! a BIG Thans to Bruce for fixing the cameras AGAIN!!!
Might take a few days for them to get used to each other but just thankful she’s out of this weather system arriving and safe / full/ and warm!
Is Ally bigger then the other two bears? I sure am seeing lots of one bear that seems to be looking through the straw to find food non stop so perhaps that is Ally trying to find food. I see Llano coming down the ramp and then going back up every time the bigger bear turns towards her.
Okay, I see a very large bear (Ojai?) walking around, starting up the log. There is a second igloo in lower left corner of the screen, and little Llano (?) peeking out of it. Some interaction between them, not hostile. They aren’t really playing, but Ojai knows if anybody does how it feels to be bullied! Anyway, they have lots of good food, scattered straw, a big water dish that’s actually electric and will never freeze. Tom’s big smile was in the newspaper yesterday for Kiwanis activities, but that doesn’t mean he and Cheryl are back from their trip! I still have not stopped to say hello and meet “Al” — the tenth cub!
What the bleep is ROI on social media? And those men getting slapped and smiling about it? This morning I see a lot of Lake Tahoe blue and no bears. On FB they’re saying we have a new little cub, a male named Al because he was rescued at Alpine Meadows. See Bear league page. I don’t believe Tom and Cheryl are back from their big trip. Not sure how senior volunteers are handling this. For sure they could put the new cub in the raccoon house, maybe fawn isolation. I will be out there maybe tomorrow and then have a more accurate cub report. My understanding is that Llano and Ojai little girl cubs will definitely be fed all winter. I don’t know what a spring release looks like. As they say, Bueno, vamos a ver. . .
I saw both bears out this morning, Ojai curled up by the igloo and Llano over by the feeding dishes. Nice to see them both down together again.
There’s the bear! Curled up facing the tire. Very round! I think this is Ojai girl. She’s a cool dark brown color. The food is out, placed in two sets including something orange in a bowl and fresh produce — bok choy? little apples? Can’t tell. And don’t know. I haven’t seen the other cub. Happy Sunday, everybody!
The cubs are getting peaches in syrup/oatmeal / avocados/apples/grapes/pumpkins/pears and PBJ or PB&J& honey sandwiches
for their afternoon treat! Hoping they both get equal amounts!
Many thanks, Denise, for taking the time to fill us in on the food.
Lucky little bears to get such great food!
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Ojai girl lays down her sweet head! She was probably there all night, snuggled in the straw just beyond the slanting logs. She’s moved a bit since 6 a.m. There are food dishes and balls and what looks like pieces of pumpkin. She looks very content — no silly shopping for her! I’ve not seen the two cubs together. Assume the other cub has the nook upstairs.
Ten to six and Ojai girl is at the bottom of the screen eating. She’s giving her attention either to the bowl of orange stuff or else the food left on the ground. Red tag in her left ear.
Thanks for all your bear reports Mimi! Since Tom & Cheryl are gone I’m the one doing the feeding cleaning etc. & worry that they BOTH get their portions! That was me ” trying” to toss PBJ & honey sandwiches to them up top! I just see them watching me when I go in to clean & never know who gets what! Keep up the reports thank you!
Now the cub has waked up and walked around the room, pushing at the straw with her forepaws. I’m pretty sure that’s Ojai girl. Gosh, she is round!
Is that a bear cub curled up snoozing in the hay at the foot of the slanting log? She’s dark enough to be Ojai girl. It looks like an ear. I’m watching for the pixels to shift, to show that she’s breathing. It’s very cold here. I just took a long walk to work off the pecan pie. Sweet dreams, sweet bear!
Now Ms. Green Jeans has brought in the food. A bowl each of something beige and something orange like sweet potato or pumpkin or canned peaches. Also little whitish things tossed on the floor. Marshmallows? Mushrooms? I think she put out some treats also. And she threw something up. Lots of times I watched L’il Smokes and later other cubs being served something broad and mostly red. Pomegranate slices? No, open face peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! It’s hard to tell on camera. Happy Turkey Day, Tom and Cheryl! Surely that cruise ship has a little pavo for you!
Just saw a volunteer sweep the clean straw away from the window side and pick up lots of poop. She also managed to jump from leaning over to standing up on the other side of the room! I tried that in the bear house and it never worked! Thank you! Poop = eating and growing. Now a cub has come down the log, checked the piles of straw, the water bowl, and then looked out the window for quite a while. She’s a cool taupey brown, darker up her back, and I think I saw a white spot on her right hip. She stood there, maybe wondering if we’re going to keep her there forever — then climbed straight up and disappeared. Not sure in the sunshine if that was Llano or Ojai, could have been Ojai. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
Llano is playing with a ball, too cute. Think she’s waiting on breakfast!
So counting on you “cam watchers” to let us know if BOTH cubs are down eating because ever time I look only LLano is pigging out & want to make sure they are BOTH getting their daily oatmeal! It seems they are finally getting used to each other but when I go in to feed & clean they just sit up top & watch so I never know! Thanks!
I saw one come down today to eat and she seemed to eat “her” portion (assuming it was Llano) but did a good job of staying away from the other portion, as of right now haven’t seen the other one come down and eat and there is food still available. I’ve only seen them both down together one time, this morning and most of the food seemed to be gone.
I have only seen Llano in this cage ever since he arrived so I am happy to hear both of them are still in here. Hopefully since the seem to be getting use to each other we will see more of Ojai.
Llano is lighter in color and has a shaved spot on her leg if that helps. Ojai always came down to eat at night when she was alone but just want to be sure she’s getting her share!
I just called LTWC and got Cheryl sounding very far off — they’re in Southern California. Of course all duties toward these animals are covered by volunteers. The new cub from Llano is a lighter color and has some white spots. And I sent thanks to Tom for filling us in about these kids. Once again, this is the “studio” L’il Smokey occupied. It’s very peaceful. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
You too Mimi We’re thankful for you and your reports!
Oh I’m so glad to see them both down together! My daughter and I had the pleasure/honor of transporting these both to LTWC so we feel especially watchful over them
Is that Llano scraping hay into a bed and curling up and sleeping? Too cute, sweet dreams lil one.
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).
Thanks for the update on little Ojai. So relieved that she has gained weight and will now have a new friend. Thanks for all you do for our wildlife.
I know it gets confusing ( even for us sometimes!) but ” NOW” in the Bobcat cage is yet ANOTHER orphan bear cub brought in last night from Southern California! The little Ojai cub will have a roommate as we moved them BOTH into the Bobcat enclosure. We will continue feeding these little ones throughout the winter as they are both too small to ” really” hibernate. You can see on the webcam we have put in some straw for them & hopefully in a few days they will “buddy up” for the winter ahead! They are both females and about the same size so hoping all will go well! We’ll try to update as everything progresses!
That is sad that another little bear cub lost its mom. Hopefully both of the cubs will get along so they can spend the winter together.
This morning we have a very large bird sitting on the igloo. He is surrounded by toys and comforts for bears and bobcats. If this is the eagle who disagreed with the train, then Cheryl is still putting drops in his eye. Surely with the help of Tom wearing serious leather high-top gloves. Snow last night!
Well, well! It looks like the bobcat house now has an eagle — maybe the one we got yesterday, described in bear playroom blog. The bird is sitting on the tire. . . . And the bobcat who was in here, the one who loves people, the one who had two siblings and grew up here — she went to a new home on Monday. She didn’t take to being wild, after release was trying to befriend people, rubbing against their legs! LTWC had tried every trick to turn her off people. When they sprayed water in her face, she just squinched her eyes shut and waited until it was over. Her release to the wild didn’t “take” and Cheryl had to go get her, bring her back to LTWC. Cheryl called several zoos. Then someone thought of Six Flags. So in hopes of a career with people, the bobcat has recently been playing with people, and didn’t even mind wearing a collar if that was a requirement of her new job. Now Tom has a letter from Six Flags to say she is settled in happily and everyone she meets loves her and vice versa. Obviously this is one very special animal, as LTWC has decades of releasing wild animals still wild to the wild. No name was mentioned for this little sweetheart. Not a success story in light of LTWC’s mission, but a happy ending nontheless.
Awww she’s happy, that’s a success to me!
Okay, your friendly cub reporter is bounced back from surgery that was far worse in the anticipation than anything afterwards. I just called Cheryl. We are looking at one friendly bobcat. This kid wants to be around people and may go to a place where she can work in educating people. Not a wild life but a good one with purpose. Chips and Sierra are being cared for at the care center in Placerville where it’s warmer of kids who need to winter over. And the smallest bear cub is now in the raccoon house where Cheryl says she seems happier. For one thing, that place won’t carry memories of being bullied by the other cub. “Better ‘n’ better” is indeed a natural law.
Welcome back Cub Reporter! Thanks for clearing up the mystery of moving cubs and Bob Cats. I’m happy to hear the baby cubbie is happier in the smaller cage and hopefully she will start eating better although I have caught her a few times in the wee hours munching away.
Silly cat! I just watched one of them get on the top shelf of the tree in the cage and it was tipping over so she leaped off. The second time she tried it the tree fell right over with her on top of it. She ran to the igloo and hid for a minute then came right back out to explore all around it.
No dishes today, and no bear! Just big patches of sunlight and what I believe is a nice bunch of grapes. Grow, little girl!
Feeding time appears to be around 6pm. I watched the cam last nite and the little one finally came down, drank her milk and very slowly moved up the log. I hope she is doing well…… Cheryl will certainly work her magic and help her become a chubby cubby.
Just now from before 7 to 10 after, the little bear crouched by the milk dish and lapped it all up! Way to go, sweetheart!
I finally got to see her!! Only for a minute though… she drank something out of one of the bowls and then slowly walked up the ramp to her hiding place. She is sooooo tiny and cute
Is the little one still there? I never see her and her room is so clean. I’m worried!
Looks like she drank all her milk! Good girl!
Okay, bear watchers, I just called Cheryl with questions. What looked like mushrooms was probably marshmallows, but the girl didn’t like them. Cheryl is feeding her a variety including sliced peaches, avocado, cereal, apple, etc. And why was the larger cub removed to the big bear house? Because she was bullying the little one big-time! She even pushed her off a high ledge so that the cub fell to the floor. Cheryl said it made an awful crunching sound and the cub limped for a while. When they woke up from sedation, the 27-pound girl was already batting at the 11-pound kid. And for the next day and a half she was controlling the smaller cub’s access to food and water, etc. They figured right that the bigger girl would be protected by her “brother” in the big bear house. This baby is feisty, but not to that extent. Far better to be alone as L’il Smokey was in this great house!
Thanks so much for getting the mysteries cleared up. Poor little girl getting picked on like she was. I am so glad the bully got moved to the big bear house. It is god to see her eating so she gets big and strong. Oh, Lil Smokey wasn’t alone….He had Black Bear (BB) to keep him company along with WB and a few others.
FINALLY got to see the BEAR! She was standing over the green stuff as though to try to eat it. She looked around, then sedately walked back up the log. All the bowls are empty. Water dish may be out of camera range. She does look more filled out.
Sneaky cub was up eating in the middle of the night when she thought everyone was asleep. Surprise, I saw her being the night owl that I am. After she finished she had a look outside then up the log she went.
Now we see empty dishes and evidence of some moving around. Not sure about the little whitish things Cheryl put out. The big stuffed animal has been pulled out of the igloo. It looks like the sheet is flattened on the mattress. Make yerself at home, little girl! It snowed last night! Way fun!
I’ve watched all day for that cub. She may have touched the oatmeal. The milk and orange stuff is still there. She may have tasted the little things on the floor. . . After somehow growing up hungry, it’s taking her awhile to learn to live expansively.
Now Cheryl herself has been here, removed the ladder, picked up a lot of little poops, threw the sheet on the mattress, and left some great food. A bowl of formula, a bowl of oatmeal, and a bowl of something orange — maybe canned peaches. Also something green, like salad or grapes. And some little off-white things. Sorry, they look exactly like mushrooms but certainly are not. Zooming in doesn’t help. This kid is absolutely getting the best possible care considering her mom isn’t around. Thanks, Cheryl!
Now there’s a ladder off to the right and what looks like a bundle of bedsheets on the slanting log. Is she decorating? Maybe they’re winterizing this cabin?
Now she has a mattress on the floor. No bowls at the moment. No bear, either. All neat and clean here. Room Service is probably on the way. Grow, little girl, and be happy!
Where’s my little friend? There’s an empty bowl — maybe oatmeal? — and some formula in another bowl. Big patches of sunshine. Probably our girl is napping. This is where L’il Smokey healed and grew, and grew, and grew.
This little girl is quite camera shy…..I still have not seen her
Ya know, just maybe she bullied the other cub out! I still haven’t seen her either! But both bowls are empty. She will do fine.
This little Ojai cub is by herself in here now. Even though she’s a feisty little thing the bigger cub appeared to be bullying her so that one was put back in the BIG bear enclosure with it’s sibling. Even though it’s smaller than the others it has it’s buddy to hang out with! Hopefully that will give this little cub time to eat in peace and gain a few pounds! Still shy though!
Looks like she finished her milk and the oatmeal. Also some grapes. Good girl!
She seems to avoid the cam!
No bear in sight. Looks like someone lives here. Two round damp spots where dishes have recently been removed. Lots of grapes, other fruit, a big bowl of milk. If this is the 11-pound girl, let’s not feel too sorry for her because she was very alone in the wild! To be alone and well cared for will be a luxury for her. Cheryl and Tom know a lot about bear social dynamics. Usually they would never put a 27-pound cub (Luther Pass girl) in with cubs pushing 90 pounds. TGIF, everybody! [No TGIF for wildlife rehabbers!]
Thank goodness she’ll be cared for, just has to adjust to the new locale. Doubt it will take long
I have only seen 1 here, and a small one is in with the others — did these two get separated?
As of last night there are two small cubs in here. I see only one at the moment. Of the two who came in together from Luther Pass, the big kid, 66 pounds, is in the Bear House, a male. He has blondish fur and a white patch on his chest. Also, he keeps a bit apart from the others, being the new one. His little sister (nobody knows) is in this cage and weighs 27 pounds. Also with her is the 11 pound girl from Ojai or Malibu. They got sedated and checked over by Dr. Willets last night. He cleaned ears, took blood samples, etc. Their fur is nice. All these bears were born last February, but didn’t all get enough food to grow as large as they could. Cheryl will put pounds on these kids quickly. When these two were laid on blankets together last night to wake up, of course the big one work up first and Denise saw her cuff the little one who was not yet awake. Denise did some damage control. Pretty soon the larger bear bothered the little one again and the puny one cuffed her back and hissed! These two will winter over, not be released in February like the big 6.
Thank you Mimi for your usual eloquently reported news for us all. Just so sorry the Luther Pass bears are separated now ( first they lose their Mom, now each other) In the Raccoon cage they would cuddle together and it was so sweet to watch.
Thanks Mimi, I’m sure the big bro will fit in with the 5pack soon And sad for these two they won’t go as quickly to freedom but good they’ll have time to grow.
Why is there only one bear, what happened to the other one?
They moved the larger one to the cub house with the other 5. The smaller one may have a new friend tonite
I hope another Mom didnt get hurt or killed since they might be getting another bear cub.
I am happy to see the bears in here because like Mimi said the three bobcats must of been released and are out living in the wild where they belong. Another great job done by all of you at LTWC!
Well, those three wonderful bobcat siblings must have been released because today there are bears in here! Just now they were enjoying their pool hugely — splashing and running and completely submerging — well, as much as possible. After all, this is where L’il smokey grew up. These two will do just fine. Meanwhile there are people in the raccoon house, probably getting it ready for Chips and Sierra, the younger bobcats who will winter over. This is just my surmising. . .
Good Friday morning,
The three bobcats on this camera came to LTWC on Sunday, May 20th, folloing the second day of our training seminar. At that time – - – they were ‘about’ 6 weeks old, which means they would have been born around the 5th of April. So, in one week, they will be ‘about’ six months old. One of the cats suffered a broken leg – while in the bobcat cage -about 5 weeks ago. Dr Willitts made arrangements to have her sent down to Reno for surgery with two pins and a plate. She was by herself in a small cage for three weeks, then re-introduced with the other two. As you can see, they are all happy campers again. She is showing no signs of any lack of mobility. We plan to release all three within the next couple of weeks.
Thanks Tom, that’s great news
I have noticed that people go into their enclosures with them. How are you going to release them when they’re so accustomed to us? They can walk right up to a hunter…. They should have had minimal exposure to people if they were being rehabbed for release. I don’t mean to criticize, I’m just very concerned for the animals. I know you’re doing the best you can and that it’s an all volunteer organization. I do thank you for taking care of them.
The three bobcats in here are siblings from this season. I don’t know when they’ll be released, but LTWC doesn’t keep anybody (except Tom and Cheryl) into the winter. Bear cubs being a special case. “Chips” is possibly upstairs in the clinic. That is where Dr. Willets examines the animals. There is a warm room for baby bunnies, squirrels, and others. L’il Smokey was upgraded to larger enclosures as he improved overall. I know Dr. Willets worked on Chips because my neighbor took her cat, Sammy, to him and she asked about the little bobcat. We will see Chips soon depending on how well she’s healing and how rambunctious she is.
Thanks so much for taking such good care of our injured wildlife.
This is a WORTHWHILE cause!
Kudos to the firefighter that overlooked the the rules this one time to rescue little”Chips”
It helps keep the heartsickness at bay knowing critters are scrambling for their life, and CAN get a helping hand.
Keep up the great work!
These two Bobcats look pretty healthy and frisky.
How much longer before they can get back into their natural habitat?… or do they still have to recover from an injury or sickness?.
Do they keep these here just to help little ones like “Chips” become socialized w/other Bobcats when she is well enough?
Would love to be notified somehow if or when Chips appears on cam. So happy you are caring for little Chips!
I can see the best time to watch them is in the morning when they are active. I don’t think I see the little one with burnt paws though. These look pretty good sized compared to the on in the paper. I believe they named him Chips.
These aren’t Chip the baby bobcat, he is in an isolated cage so he can get care.These cats are older and probably been at the facility for awhile. They look couple years old
They are still young, LTWC does not keep adult animals usually!
Is the recently rescued bobcat kitten Chips being kept in a place where she appears on a camera? If so, which one?
they dont seem to be doing anything are they even in there right now
This was on the local news today – another Lil Smokey, but this time with whiskers! Thank you LTWC for being there to give them a chance.
We have had several e-mails and facebook posts about one of the bobcat kittens which is limping. Dr Willitts was just here (4:30pm, Tuesday) and he will be back later today to knock him/her out and will give a thorough exam, which ‘could’ include an x-ray. As a normal procedure, he examines them here FIRST, THEN – if necessary – will transport to his hospital for further medical assistance. Thank you for watching and keeping us informed.
They really don’t seem to know what to do with the deer carcus do they?! They walk right over it—–They sure are cute. I’m glad we can move from cage to cage ourselves—thanks everyone. Glad to see the little otter going to where he can have playmates but miss seeing him—he was so very cute. Love to all—-<3
I really enjoy the new cams. The bobcats are so cute to watch. Thank you guys for doing such a great job of taking care of our wounded and homeless wild life.
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