Cam 7: River Otter South Side Play Area

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  1. Nadine says:

    Cinder looks like she’s feeling noticeably better. She seemed a tad more active after she got back from her bandage change. She had her dinner, and then snoozed a bit right in front of the webcam again. I took some more pics of her like that, and then she got up, went downstairs for a few more snacks, and then went back up into her dark corner to sleep. Glad she’s moving around a lot more now. She’s fidgeting her paws at night in her sleep and waking (like right now) but it’s hard to say if she’s uncomfortable because of the wooden platform – it might just be her paws hurt – she moves them the most. (That wooden platform looks uncomfy for us humans but I suspect it’s fine for bears.)

    Today, I think notice a change in her spirit. She seems to be getting used to her routine but also feeling better. Her paw looked wonderful in the photo you guys posted on facebook. Way to go Dr Willitts and all the team there! Have yourselves an excellent Labour Day weekend!

    <3 <3 <3 to Cinder. This WA state gal is cheering you on home to us!

  2. Susie says:

    Cinder’s story moved me greatly, but that I can now follow her recovery tops it all. I visit the nursery ever day. You guys at the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Center are marvelous.

  3. neughhay says:

    The maid just came in and cleaned Cinder’s hotel room!

  4. Kaweah says:

    Awwwwwe she/he is right in front of the camera. I just wanna love her/him to pieces hehehe =)

  5. KC says:

    Cinder is sleeping so peacefully and is getting bigger. Glad her burns are healing up.

  6. Sandy says:

    or even a flat board on top of a section of the logs. as she keeps moving, looks like she’s trying to find a position where she’s not putting pressure on the paws or other sore places. a flat board maybe she could more comfortable rest on her side.

    • Saltaire says:

      That’s what I was kinda thinking too…a piece of plywood maybe. It would be easy to hose off and a smooth even surface. But hey…what do I know?
      There’s probably a reason why not that we’re not thinking of and these folks have been in this business a long time and know what they’re doing. But…?

  7. Sandy says:

    Thanks for making her safe. You are the experts, but is there any way to put straw or something soft on the logs? She looks so uncomfortable – keeps moving around like the logs hurt. Especially with burned skin on the hard logs; plus if she’s under weight, bones against logs, ouch.

  8. T. Fitzgerald says:

    Thank you for caring for this poor little guy. I wish him and you good luck.

  9. Wendy Knothe says:

    Cinders seem restless tonight. But I know he will be ok..I can not thank the fantastic staff at LTWC enough for the help they have given to wild animals in need. Thank you again..I can not wait till Cinders is able to go back to his home.. Love ya Cinders….

  10. Sharon B says:

    That little creature must have been in such pain. You all are wonderful for helping this little bear. The pilots who donated their time are to be commended.

  11. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    It’s me again. Anybody who wants to learn more can simply google “wildlife rehab” and I believe somewhere on this website is a list of organizations — umbrella groups. In designing the new facility, other facilities were studied for enclosure design, etc. They’re all using the Internet for this work, exchanging bear milk and squirrel milk, etc. recipes, etc. Best Friends is another group that one of LTWC’s benefactors gave to also. Their website is wonderful, and there’s a book by the same name that tells how they started. They help domestic animals as well as wild, not bears, but they have lots of acreage in Idaho, so they work with horses. I got the book on audio. Another print book I loved is “Smiling Bears” by a zoo worker. Thanks for your interest! I wish we could meet.

    • Nadine says:

      Thanks for the tips, Mimi! I wish we could meet too.
      Good luck with your car repairs. Blessings!

    • Sharyl Thompson says:

      could you not put some pine boughs up there to cushion those hard poles. She looks uncomfortable. I would not enjoy sleeping on those hard poles without cushioning either.

      • Linda Simonis says:

        It’s a wonderful rescue effort. However I agree, she looks as if she can’t find a comfortable position on those poles. She keeps shifting to find a better spot for her head.

    • cathy elizabeth levin says:

      Hi Mimi and ENDLESS THANKS!
      GOD BLESS YOU and LTWC for ALL you are doing to help Precious baby Cinder and all of the bear cubs and animals you have at your center!
      Just wanted to echo the above commenters— Perhaps it may be more comfortable for little Cinder if you maybe put some large fir branches down over the logs – just to make Cinder more comfy as she sleeps-
      Is that possible? Those logs look so hard on her and her little body- She is healing so I am thinking the more comfy she is, the better and happier she will be-( Sort of like fluffing her pillows – just to make her more comfy as she heals)!

  12. Nadine says:

    Cinder spends a lot of time snoozing or awake and staring out of her enclosure – she seems very curious about her surroundings. She eats a lot too. :) Can she hear other bear cubs or are they so far that she is isolated. I appreciate she might be too big and hostile to be with the 1 year olds, but she seems so bored and so sad. She’s been through a lot. It is hard to watch her be so restless. Be patient, Miss Cinder Bear. The fires that wrecked your home, clear the woodland so that when you return you will have rich berry harvests in years to come. Heal, and dream of days to come roaming with your own litter of cubs. When do you project her return, and how do the bears hibernate when they are in the sanctuary? I presume she’ll be there for the winter…what about the younger cubs?

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      Hi, Nadine! Yes, Cinder can look out and see people walking back and forth. The bear house is just across the yard, and when the cubs get fed it sounds like they’re killing each other — but of course they’re not! She would hear that. Also birds in the aviary. Sometime around Thanksgiving (pumpkin! orange poop!), their food is cut back. Straw bedding is delivered and they get busy pushing it around and getting comfortable. Then they mostly sleep except for sips of water and a little pee and some rasseling. Then back to sleep. Oh, in the woods the wild bears strip tree bark and that bulks them up. So our cubs get branches. They don’t poop and they get over hunger. L’il Smokey, the famous burned cub, lived and healed in the Bobcat House where Cinder is now. He pushed his straw into a big plastic igloo and didn’t come out! What happens with Cinder, I’ve no idea. The experts play it by ear for each cub. She’s wild and has to “den” or “hibernate” somewhere. Sometimes a cub continues to be fed because it badly needs to be built up. Anyway, around February, each sleeping cub is taken, sedated, to a den in the wild in the area each one came from. These wild dens are carefully chosen by experts. When the bear wakes up in the spring, it’s all alone and wild and free! L’il Smokey had a transmitter. In flying over his area, the experts ascertained that he stayed in the nice area they placed him. Streams, old farms with fruit trees, lady bears, pretty country, few people. That’s it in general. Pretty neat, huh? Now others may tweak or add to what I put.

      • Saltaire says:

        What an extremely well-written and informative post!!
        I learned so much and I am excited to watch this timeline all play out for Cinder!
        Thank you so much and I’m eagerly looking forward to reading your next posts!

      • Kat, SC says:

        Nice response Mimi. I remember watching Lil Smokey get grumpier as his food was cut back til finally sleep was what appealed most to him. He looked outside a lot too and was very curious, but he was younger. Cinder knows what is outside so like we do when we are stuck inside in bad weather or from an illness (or like a pal of mine from a broken foot), she is probably dreaming of being out there and free. But I’m sure she is in the right place and the fact that she’s not been bothering her boots is a good sign I’d think…..hopefully she’s adjusting and healing. And once they hibernate, they awaken free and alone, so this is probably a good “prep” time. We love you Cinder, keep on healing :) And Mimi keep on keeping us informed :)

        • Mimi at Tahoe says:

          Thank you! I think I told you all I know. I was in Mount Shasta when Smokey was rescued in summer 2008. We were so pulling for him to heal completely and get the complete rehab he got. I quit eating meat, took the volunteer training, waited for subsidized housing to open up, and moved here. Now I have a 4-figure estimate to fix my car. Getting legal help. Selling on eBay. Anybody got two mil for a Swedish wedding crown? And LTWC gets 10%! Bidding went to $1125 last week. Not enuf! I planned to sell it anyway. Not much else to sell. I came here with no knowledge or aptitude. Just it’s such a wonderful cause. In the training, Cheryl told us, “There is no room for ego in this work.” The society ladies don’t last long picking up poop in the bear house around Sept. when the bears are making more poop than ever, sweat drips down and runs your makeup and little things are flying around. . . . Pay attention to Denise! She will be in charge when the new venue is built.

      • Nadine says:

        Hi Mimi!
        Thank you so much for your very informative reply. Goodness! I can just imagine the noise those cubs make when it’s dinnertime! Your description has been making me giggle every now and again for the last 24 hours. :)
        Also, pumpkin poop. Too cute! (I took a photo of Black Bear poop last week in Whistler B.C. – it was completely purple from all the berries and did not smell at all because their diet is usually berries only, and boy was that mountain covered in about ten types of berry!)
        Hibernating through winter sounds awesome. I read that often female bears will give birth while hibernating. Now that’s my kind of lifestyle!
        What a wonderful way to release them. That’s fantastic. You guys are wonderful. Thank you so much for everything you do for all the bears, and all the other people you save!
        Bless you all.
        Nadine XXX

        • Mimi at Tahoe says:

          Oh, lovely! Purple berry poop! Well, I don’t have such a good sense of smell. I will say each incident of poop is a unique production of that cub and whatever it ate! The enclosures get a thorough cleaning twice a day, so nothing bad can build up. . . . Much of this handling and rehabbing of bears and others is by law! Not just that we’re so good and so inspired! In the training, Cheryl pointed out that when you answer the phone, you have to know the whole area, where they’re calling from, because Nevada laws are different from California’s.

  13. Tina says:

    I don’t think Cinder’s feet are hurting too much this afternoon. She’s been busy going up & down the ramp. She goes down, grabs food, and takes it upstairs to eat it. Then, does it all over again. I’ve watched her now do this at least 4 times. Hey, at least she’s getting some exercise! :-) OH, and I think the little chipmunk was in there again awhile ago. Something small was running around across the floor. (Saturday 3:05 p.m.)

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      I found a chipmunk this AM cleaning & escorted him to the door! So we are having somewhat of a chipmunk explosion here so the smart ones learn Cinder’s cage is an easy meal!

  14. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Just now she was walking very slowly on her upstairs deck. Her legs don’t look so raw. She’s coming to terms with the improvement. Maybe they’ve lessened the pain-killer and she’s feeling some pain along with all the improvement. She looks around. She sits. Makes a lovely round shape, sitting. Then settles on her elbows, head down, to chill for awhile. She will naturally get the exercise to go with the healing. Animal psychics say that injured animals picture feeling good again — flying or at least being strong and pain-free. You GO, little girl! [If she flies, that WILL be a record!]

  15. Linda G says:

    Napping. Hope her paws are healing well -

  16. Martha Bubel says:

    I was wondering where Cinder sleeps at night? I have looked to see her at night before I go to bed and she is not in her usual sleeping place. She looks like she is doing better and eating all the fish. lol

  17. Linda says:

    Ms. Cinder just climbed up the log to her perch ~ I think she is looking for an escape route ~ she started to go back down the log and thought better of it as she backed up and returned to her perch. Whew! Her feet must be feeling much better! Hoping she gets a play mate soon as she seems to be getting restless.

  18. Chris says:

    Oh Ms Cinder, you’re a sneaky bear. Go down just long enough to grab food and bring it back to your perch.. Glad to see your walking better and putting on weight. Gonna be a big strong, healthy bear before you know it..
    Thanks Bill for getting Cinder to Lake Tahoe. Yes, it’s definately going to be a bigger plane needed when Cinder’s ready to be released..

  19. Bill says:

    Its amazing how much I enjoy watching a blurry picture of Cinder curled up sleeping. I can’t wait to fly her back to Washington to know that she will live out her life in the wild.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      Hi Bill! You probably enjoy watching Cinder because without you & your “little”
      Plane she might not be here getting care! She’s eating so well though you just might have to look into getting a ” bigger” plane to squeeze her into to fly back home to Washington LOL!

    • Nadine says:

      Hallo Bill,
      I can’t wait for you to fly her back to Wenatchee either!
      Thank you for all your aid. She’s walking better today I notice, more speedy movement up and down the ramp – and she’s also moving less gingerly.
      Bless you all.

      • Bill says:

        It definitely won’t be in my plane. She is huge! Looks about 3x as wide as when I met her.

        • KC says:

          Bill you did a great thing to fly Cinder down to Lake Tahoe. She is definitely getting bigger. Was thinking that you would need a bigger plane, she is continuing to eat and gain weight. Hope she never will have to go through a forest fire again.

        • Denise@LTWC says:

          Ha! Bill- I think you are right! Not sure if she’s been weighed lately but if not we need to do that! We’ll keep you updated as to how much she’s gained & if she’ll need a wide body jet to return home! LOL!

  20. Linda says:

    Cinder would very much like a dumb weight elevator installed. She was hanging off the edge of her plat form and not able to reach her goodies! Such is her

  21. Linda says:

    I love the way Cinder is becoming well “rounded” and “plumping” up with the good diet she is on! I think she really loves her grapes or something that looks like grapes! Pat, love your comments!!!

  22. Pat says:

    Of course, now she moves.

  23. Pat says:

    I just have to ask, has anyone seen Cinder move for awhile or is the camera stuck?


  24. Tina says:

    Gee, wouldn’t you know it – as soon as I post – Cinder heads down the ramp!! Way to go Cinder!! Be very careful tho!

  25. Tina says:

    Sunday Afternoon 2:40. I think Cinder is hungry but her rear unbandaged foot is hurting too much to attempt going down the ramp. Hang in there Cinder – Dr. W. will be there soon to fix you up & then you’ll feel better!

  26. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    It’s not quite 11 and she’s sitting up top facing the other way, looking up, looking around, just chilling. The way an animal copes: just curl up and wait. Except her feet and legs hurt. She’s fidgeting, too. Down below she has bunches of grapes and looks like melon rind, some round fruit. Strips of white on the ground — sometimes that’s what’s left of fish. And down below you can see foliage and people walking. The volunteer shift is 8 to noon. Lots to get done. The people talk and sometimes call out because things have to be carried back and forth, out to the animals. But no radios; nobody is bored. It’s all about the animals who we hope will be released.

  27. Pat says:

    I really hope someone tells me I’m wrong, but does it seem like Cinder is breathing heavier than normal?


    • Nadine says:

      Maybe it’s the effect of the painkillers, or just the pain.
      Are you concerned her lungs are damaged by smoke/burning?
      Love you Cinders!

    • KC says:

      Cinder appears to be sleeping soundly, it may be warmer in there and she may be breathing that way to keep cool. She was not doing it all the time. Looks like maybe her bandages are off not sure.

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      Pat, even before I read what you wrote, my first thought was that bear is really panting. I just called Denise and she called up the webcam. Of course as soon as Denise could see her, the cub went back to gentle breathing. Denise weighed all the factors like it’s 87 degrees today and heat rises and any sensible bear would be BEAR-foot in this weather, plus Cinders’ fur is quite thick and she can’t jump into water to cool off. They will watch her and Dr. Willets will be there tomorrow to redo the bandages. Denise said Jo went in the enclosure and approached Cinders in the loft. Cinders charged her! Being a more mature bear and very wild. You haven’t lived until an injured bear tells you with great emphasis: “Kkkkkkkk!” So it goes. God bless!

      • Bobbie D. says:

        I was watching Cinders go up and down the ramp 3 times a little before you noticed her breathing hard so she may just have been feeling some discomfort from her efforts at trying to find more melons. I noticed she has trouble holding the melons still so she can get the good stuff so has resorted to using her forearm instead of her paw like most normal bears do. It looked to me like she had no bandage on her left rear foot and was favoring it a little.

      • Pat says:

        I just wanted to thank everyone that responded.

  28. Nadine says:

    I saw her sleeping last night – you could just make out her nose in the darkness, and now she’s chilling out and moving around a little. She seems relaxed. I am so glad she is doing well. I cried my eyes out when I heard the story and prayed very much for her.
    Thank you everyone for all you have done for her!
    Grow strong Cinders! Live long and happy! <3

  29. Kat says:

    What a pretty face Cinder has. And cool, she’s on this end of the ramp, can really see her and her booties. She looks curious and healthy considering, glad to see her moving around so much. WTG LTWC!

    • Joan says:

      Is Cinder in the same cage as Brockway (North Tahoe cub)?

      • KC says:

        Joan this is Cinder in here now. Her feet are bandaged. Brockway is in another place on the property that is not on a camera. If Ciinder is not here on camera 7 she may be on camera 4 eating or may be out getting bandages changed. Now if any of this is wrong someone will correct me. Just thought I would give you an answer.

  30. Chris says:

    Wonder what Cinder is thinking as she s sitting there, staring out the cage window.. Soon Cinder you will be able to run and play with the other bears once your paws heal..

  31. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Wow! Here’s Cinders up in her loft just chilling! NOT a river otter at all. And in the bear house the rest of the kids are up in their lofts. Naptime. It seems peaceful. We got our pretty weather back. And . . . weekend! . . . I wonder if it would help little kids to see that bear cubs nap. Naps are good!

  32. KC says:

    Where is Cinder? She has been gone since last night. The new bear was in there and is now with the other ones. Hope she is doing well. See that some other people are wondering too. Looking forward to seeing her back here and making progress.

  33. Deanna says:

    I just watched this little bear sitting in front of the camera scratching its front legs, belly and then rolling over on its back and scratching its back on the logs. What a sweet little face it has and I am wondering if it is the new one that just came in from North Tahoe. If so I am very happy it is here because it already seems so much better then it did on the video the Bear League posted on Facebook today. Bless this little one and hopefully soon it will be in with all the other bears having fun all summer long with its new buddies. It truly deserves it after everything it has gone through in its young life.

    • KC says:

      The cub you see now is the female from Paradise. She has a mouth injury and is healing up. Her brother is with the other bears. Will have to see where the one from North Shore ends up.

      • Deanna says:

        Thanks KC. I knew they had the two paradise bears in here the other day but since I only could see one I was thinking maybe it was the North shore bear. This little girl is a cutie and she sure is going to be happy once she gets to go to the bear house with her brother. I am hoping the North Shore baby is doing OK where ever it is.

  34. KC says:

    2 new bear cubs, where are they from?I hope at least one if not both are female. Now there are 8 bears. Well thank you for being there for them. :-)

  35. KC says:

    See that the windows are uncovered now so Tahoe can see out. Was there a problem with them covered?

  36. KC says:

    What type of bird is in here and camera 9 also camera 6 have a bird in there? They can’t be viewed if clicked on. At one time they all were viewable.

  37. KC says:

    Looks like Heavenly is recovering and moving around. Someone cleaning make a quick exit when he started to come down on the logs. Ok have to ask what is on the floor with 4 legs? Was standing up yesterday never moved now is laying on its side. Thank you for all you do there.

  38. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Oooh, this is one wild bear — and he’s healing fast! Right now he’s halfway up the cyclone fencing wall! If only we could TELL these creatures that we want them to go as soon as they’re ready! Even with Cheryl’s meal service, the little guy is looking for a way out!

  39. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    Great camera placement! Good for up close with the very long nose. Good for when he goes downstairs. He was looking out, maybe wondering how this all happened and if “they” are going to let him go free. I bet he’s appreciating Cheryl’s spa cuisine! Boy! To just lie down on a ski run . . . poor little bear!

  40. Mimi - South Lake Tahoe says:

    There seems to be a bear cub in the raccoon house! And the bedroom door is down in the bear house. Didn’t see kids in the bobcat house. Well, as long as we don’t see giraffes or hippos . . .

  41. Bruce Richards says:

    The two bobcat youngsters are on Cameras 5 and 8. You’ll usually find them on one camera or the other. Sometimes they sleep inside their little hideout on the top shelf at the upper center view of Camera 5.

  42. Joanne D says:

    OK, I give up, where are Sierra & Chips?

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