Cam 7: River Otter South Side Play Area

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  1. Ruby Thompson says:

    Just wondering why the last couple of times I tried to view Cinder the video blacks out after a minute or seconds. I wonder if it is the webcam

    • Andy says:

      Seems like once the camera gets 10 -12 concurrent sessions it runs out of processing space to service all the requests it’s getting hit with and starts to studder.

  2. sandi says:

    I lost this connection to Cinder. Need to get it back.

  3. Chris says:

    What is put in the Kongs? Cinder is going to town on her this morning. Better the Kong than her bandages… Good Girl Cinder

    • Saltaire says:

      Chris! Last time they told me they put Rice Krispies, peanut butter and marshmallows in the KONG, so I imagine it is similar. What a GREAT view we have right now of her!

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      The Kong filling varies but always peanut butter- today dried cherries- fig newtons- a few mini marshmallows & a dribble of honey! We opened up one end a bit so she can really get inside to lick out the filling & keep her busy longer! I try to throw it at the camera end of the platform for better viewing but I’m not known for my throwing skills!

  4. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Yeah, I got the Pop-tarts ad in Spanish just fine. The screen keeps going dark after a couple seconds. HELP! Cinder is sitting up and looking out. Lookin’ good!

  5. Andy says:

    Cinder, you naughty girl! I know those bandages are uncomfortable but you have to were them for a few more weeks until your paws heal up. But you’re pretty smart figuring out how to get them off!

    • KC says:

      Andy think what you see that looks like a bandage is one of the Kongs. :-) She has had those close by her a lot.

      • Andy says:

        Hi KC,
        I watched her take the bandage off her front left paw last night at about midnight PDT. She then licked all the suave off her paw. Looked like she kinda liked it too! I’ll bet her paws itch like crazy now that they are really healing up. I hope she’s past getting an infection!

        • Saltaire says:

          Andy, I believe you are correct. I was watching Cinder this morning and her left front paw is dark, no white bandage on it. She was also busy all morning licking at something. She generally has been VERY good though at leaving them alone. The KONG helps a lot too. But LTWC said that they MAY have to put on dog boots, as that was the only thing that worked for the other burned cub they tended to.

          • Andy says:

            She was laying down at the camera end of the log platform as big as a full moon and worked the tape loose with her tongue and then, when she could bite it, she just pulled it off like a sock. After that she went after the suave like she had gotten her paw into a jar of honey! She was a busy girl. I don’t blame her. She has been very good about leaving her bandages alone. Maybe this one was just bugging her.
            I’ve grow quite fond of her and really hope she gets a long life in the N.W. woods after her treatment at LTWC. They have treated her like a queen!

          • Linda G says:

            She’s done amazingly well for many weeks! I’m surprised she didn’t gnaw at her bandages earlier. Wondered if she might need a “cone” at some point. I bet she would not be happy about that. Sounds like dog booties might help.

  6. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    So this morning Cinder is a dark beautiful round shape down there. Her breathing shifts the pixels regularly. Better ‘n’ better, pretty girl!

  7. KC says:

    Looks like Cinder had a dressing change and then a snack attack. She is up laying down and a Kong is not far away. She sure keeps those close and really enjoys them.

  8. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    At the moment, she’s napping way down at the other end, just a significant shape with one bandaged foot sticking out. I think her head is to the left. Really quiet. All good.

  9. Chris says:

    OH Cinder you’re looking good today and how nice it is to see your pretty face up close to the camera.. Definately filling out and looking better. Keep it up little girl, your on the path to healing.
    I’ll be shopping on Amazon for some goodies for you and the other bears…

  10. Nadine says:

    Cinder, you seem to have doubled in size lately. Who is this voluptuous, gorgeous, rounded bear I see before me? No wonder they had the biggest firefighter carry you back to your cage the other day!
    OK, now I know there’s an Amazon wishlist, I shall go check it out.
    I can’t type much more this week, so I’ll just leave this here, and I hope you know I am still thinking about the bears, and everyone doing the Great Work.
    Blessings to all,

  11. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    At last I get a good look at Cinder’s pretty face! She was standing up there, then gingerly dropping down on the right elbow. Now she’s lying down with upper body moving, ears moving, licking, looking around, then her chin on that ball. They say animals are in the moment. What is she thinking? That it’s windy and things aren’t too bad here after all? It just gets better, sweetheart!

  12. Jerri Berg says:

    So happy to see Cinder enjoying her Kongs and so glad they arrived as scheduled.

    Thanks to each and everyone of you for all you do to help the animals at LTWC !!!

  13. KC says:

    Oh Cinder is really enjoying her Kong, nice reward for getting better.

  14. Chris says:

    Would like to purchase some items for Cinder as well as the other bears. Went to the Amazon wish list and didn’t see any “toys” listed. But there was a heating pad on the list. Is this still needed as well as some of the “older” items on the list??

    • Chris says:

      Oh nevermind, I hit refresh and new items popped up on my screen. I’ll get to shopping…Thanks for your great care in taking care of the bears and other animals in your care.

      • Mimi at Tahoe says:

        Chris, they use heating pads with some of the other animals like squirrels. Low setting, no turn-off. Little guys burrow into nests made of . . . chunks of old bathrobes, velours, soft fabric. The steady warmth really helps them stabilize, get better. Each one is a different case. There’s a warm room upstairs for those guys and downstairs the tiniest birds are in the office where people first bring in the animals. The nestlings’ nests are inside incubators. If there are no nestlings but even a chance of receiving tiny birds, the incubator is kept warm. Thanks for your help!

  15. Saltaire says:

    Blessed Be The Blue KONG!! lol!
    (and the generous person that bought them from Amazon!)

  16. Saltaire says:

    Question please:
    Does Cinder (or any of the bears for that matter) drink much water? I only observed her once drinking out of her bowl. I would imagine they get a lot of their fluid needs from all the water content in the fruit and veggies they consume. Thanks!

  17. Chris says:

    LOL tuned in to see Cinder this morning and caught cage cleaning time. Ms Cinder doesn’t like having a clean cage and not patient while they get the job done. She’s pacing back and fourth and peeking down the ramp keeping a close eye on them..
    But good to see her moving around better.

  18. Andy says:

    Cinder looks as though she has slippers on her back feet. It great to see her getting better. I can’t wait until she is moved back home and gets to wander free again! Thanks for all LTWC is doing for her.

  19. Jerri Berg says:

    So happy to watch Cinder get better each day. Love watching her with her Kong dispenser. I just ordered 3 more XL Large Kongs for her from Amazon. They should be delivered on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Hope she can wait that long.

    Thank you for all you are doing to help this poor baby and all the animals you look after.

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      THANK YOU! I have the other one in with the cubs & know Cinder will LOVE having a ” kong a day” schedule!!!

      • Kim says:

        What other types of treats/toys would be helpful to send to you?

        • Denise@LTWC says:

          Kim- we found some new “big indestructible horse toys” for the bears this year. One looked like a big plastic fire hydrant ( it’s in with the cubs) & they have other types. You can put treats in it & they roll it around & they slowly dispense. They have been GREAT & really ARE indestructible ! I’ll try to find them to put on our Amazon wish list!

          • Mark Johnson says:

            Hi Denise,

            Can you provide me a link to the Amazon Wish List please? I would like to purchase some toys for the cubs.

      • Jerri Berg says:

        You are very welcome. Wish I could do more. Will be looking forward to her having one each day and of course you should use them as needed for the other animals too!!!

        • Denise@LTWC says:

          Mark- tried to supply link but had a problem – SOOO – just go to Amazon website & on the right it says ” find someone’s wish list” & enter Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care. Hopefully it works!

  20. Mimi at Tahoe says:

    Just watched Cinder come down her ramp. The bandages are smaller but she has only a fraction of the speed of a bear who hasn’t gotten hurt! She did some stretches at the top. Must’ve been a movement that felt good — like one of us doing ballet bends at the kitchen sink! God bless!

  21. MartaLCD says:

    I love seeing that Cinder is gaining weight. She looks much fuller in her body now, and seems to be feeling much better. Watching her stretch while she’s sleeping is just like watching any other animal who is comfy and happy in a safe spot.

    Much thanks to all of the people who are helping her to heal, and taking such good care of her.

  22. Saltaire says:

    KONG ALERT!! Awesome!
    That will keep you busy little girl! lol!
    What little goodies is it stuffed with today?

    • Saltaire says:

      So darn cute!
      Cinder is hugging/protecting her KONG between her paws just like my Border Collie does with her squeaky toy. What a GREAT idea this is!

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      Cinder got rice Krispy treats / a BIG marshmallow / some honey & peanut butter jammed in her Kong today! Special treats for all the pain she goes thru! Might have to get a few more Kongs to rotate up there as she doesn’t like returning them to us!

      • Saltaire says:

        Yes, more KONGS on standby…OR when the cleaning crew comes in someone with a thin dowel or metal wire/rod (like a straightened coat hanger) can slip it up between the logs and flip the KONG over the edge of the loft to the floor (or slide it along towards the edge if it’s further back. For example, where the KONG is right now, it should be an easy task IF there is a gap between the logs. I doubt that Cinder would even see you doing it. Just trying to be helpful here! Carry on and what a tremendous job you all are doing.

  23. Jerri Berg says:

    I finally got to see Cinder being tranquilized and taken out of the cage for her bandages to be changed. Yay!!! I am so happy to see how uncomfortable she is with humans. It is sad to see her so stressed by us, but very good news for her that she is.

    I noticed a man with a camera set up in the cage and then following her out. Will this footage be posted somewhere that we can access it? Please let us know. I for one would love to see footage with sound and I believe others would too.

    Thank you for all you are doing for Cinder and thank you for sharing it with all of us!!!

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      The only thing I DO know is a news crew from Washington State was supposed to be there today for an update on Cinder but that’s all I know as its my day off! Tom will probably post an update soon – maybe a link to the story!

      • Jerri Berg says:

        Thank you for replying Denise. I will wait for an update. She looks very sleepy tonight and seems to be moving more easily. I love watching her heal.

  24. Saltaire says:

    Does anyone know what that pink/orange thing is that was tossed up to Cinder’s loft a couple of days ago? (and is still there) It must have been initially stuffed with food as she was eating from it. Is it a “toy” of some kind in the hopes that it would keep her busy messing with it and leave her bandages alone? Thanks!

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      The “pink orange thing” is a Kong dog toy. You are correct – stuffed it full of things to keep her busy. Only problem is she hasn’t given it back to us to refill yet! Next bandage change we should be able to retrieve it & return it to her! Hopefully!

      • KC says:

        Denise will there be a bandage change today? Is Tom going to be brave with the stick and Cheryl changing the bandages? I know that kong toy will not be accessible until Cinder is not there. She did enjoy the treats though.

        • Denise@LTWC says:

          KC – I think Dr Willitts will be doing the next bandage change but not sure if it’s tonight or tomorrow? I’ll check with them & let you know when I find out. Since Dr has his own vet practice & donates his time it’s sometimes hard to pinpoint exactly when he’s able to come but will do my best to keep you updated!

          • KC says:

            Denise, Cinder has new dressings on her feet now. They were changed just a little while ago.She is having her snack now. ;-0 I saw her get tranquilized. Will have see if her Kong was refilled. All in all think she is doing pretty good considering what she has been through. Thank you LTWC for everything.

  25. Jerri Berg says:

    When will her bandages be changed again? Can you give us an approximate time when she will be sedated? I would love to see the entire process and how she interacts with the people who come for her. I keep missing it.

    She is making such great progress and I find great joy in watching her recover. Thank you to everyone at LTWC for all you are doing to help sweet Cinder and all the animals there.

    • Kaweah says:

      Cinder just had her dressing changed yesterday. It was the 2nd time I’ve seen t done. Now I’m obsessed with the Cinder cams haha. Both times it was in between 5-6pm. You can see her huff at the Doc sticking her with the sedative and get a bit aggressive (which is a good thing) and then they wait for what seems like maybe 5 or 10 mins while it takes effect. Then they carry her out like a baby over the shoulder. While she is having her dressing changed they do a thorough cleaning of her loft and down below and once in a while the guy will get in front of cam 7 and wave lol.

  26. KC says:

    Nice Cinder has new bandages. Guess Dr Willits was not around. Cheryl good for you for changing the bandages. Cinder is making progress with all the caring she is receiving. She will do well back in the wild and hopefully never have to see a fire again.

  27. Chris says:

    Oh Ms Cinder bear.. Youre not suppose to add chewing banadages to your afternoon snack you sill bear. Try eating just the melon and leave your paws alone…Other then that, you’re looking good and healthy.

    • Helen says:

      May I ask a question? Is it possible Cinder is getting too acclimated to humans, making it difficult for her to be re-introduced into the wild?

      • Denise@LTWC says:

        Helen- Cinder getting used to humans is NOT an issue. It’s exactly the opposite- she thinks of us as something to get as far away from as possible! Big plus that she came in as a yearling but I guarantee you all she views us as is something that sticks her with a needle every few days & she probably will never want to get near humans again when she’s released!

        • Nadine says:

          Yes. Cinder seems to _really_ hate having any proximity to humans. It was the most dire of circumstances that forced her to find help, my gosh.
          Tbh, I am pretty sure they know what the cams are for (bears seems to be more clever than many humans imo not that that’s much of a comparison!) and Cinder stares at the cam sometimes with a glare that has a chill of some of our mountain streams.
          She is our strong and stoic WA bear!

          And it is sooo heartening to see her eat and sleep so well lately too. Is she still on her pain meds in her muffin every morning?


        • Helen says:

          Thanks for answering my question! It was just something I was wondering about. I’m so glad she is recovering!

  28. Kaweah says:

    Cinder’s keeping a close eye on the person cleaning her enclosure hehehe. So cute

  29. Denise@LTWC says:

    Tom checked on Cinder & her bandages & all is good! I think it was just corn husks/ stalks seen up on her “balcony” NOT gauze bandages. We need to get some more of those as she seems to really enjoy chewing on the attached corn & making a pillow out of it!

    • Bobbie D. says:

      Thanks Denise! It sure looked like her bandage was flopping as she was trying to walk up the ramp. Maybe she had husks stuck on it to give the appearance of coming off.

  30. Saltaire says:

    Something NEW in her diet! There was a pile of some long shredded green stuff added to her menu. Whatever it is…she REALLY likes it! She just carried the entire mass bundle up to her lair to savor it in private! Cracks me up!
    (wonder what it is!)

    • Denise@LTWC says:

      I believe that was corn stalks WITH the corn attached! Someone donated the stalks & all the bears & raccoons loved playing with & ( maybe) even eating the corn! We’re trying to keep Cinder busy so she DOESN’T mess with her bandages! We have X Large doggie boots on standby just in case. It’s the ONLY thing that worked with our previous burn patient “Lil Smokey”! Time will tell!

    • Terry says:

      So sweet! She’s made the corn husks part of her bedding up there. lol

  31. Sandy says:

    It’s 4pm eastern time – looks like she’s got her front bandages almost off. tape or gauze dragging behind.

    • Saltaire says:

      I hope she isn’t developing a new habit, thinking she’s clever, ridding her paws of those “pesky” bandages and tape. They might have to wrap the tape all the way up to her “armpits” to she can’t find and end/edge to unravel!
      (her next bandage change was supposed to be Thursday about 6 we will see)

  32. Nadine says:

    Baby girl, you sleep so much better lately. I’m so glad.
    Sweet dreams of our hills filled with Huckleberries and Blueberries!

  33. Saltaire says:

    Cinder…what are you up to?
    She’s been intently working on something for over an hour now and I don’t think it’s a GOOD thing. Pulling her bandages off perhaps? (you just got NEW ones put on)

    • Saltaire says:

      Well…whatever she was doing, she’s given it a rest and is down for a nap now. Good!

      • KC says:

        She does have the right front bandage loose, I see it. hope it does not all come off. Know she holds on to food with her front paws so they smell like food but also meds.

    • Linda G says:

      I’ve been wondering how those bandages have managed to stay on this long – amazing.
      She sure is getting around better. Really great to see!

  34. KC says:

    All the webcams are offline now. Hope they get back to functioning soon. Missing all the animals.

  35. Kaweah says:

    Can someone please move the pillow back to its original place before Cinder craps on it from the loft. I watch her all day long and I’ve seen her do her business from up top. Please. =)

    You guys are SO awesome!!!

  36. Kaweah says:

    Just watch Cinder get sedated and then carried out like a baby lol. To cute! My prayers are with her, the other animals and for all the people who dedicate their time to care for these beautiful animals <3

  37. KC says:

    Is anyone else having a problem watching Cam 7? It shows up and you can see Cinder then when the play button (triangle) is clicked it shows up dark like it is night time.

    • Kim says:

      I’m having the same problem

      • KC says:

        Know I’m not the only one, other people having the problem too. All other webcams of bears show up and some of the other ones.

    • Kaweah says:

      Yes, on both cams.

      • Nadine says:

        Cams look good tonight. I’ve not experience issues with Cam 7, but I did on Cam 4 last night – I was only getting one snapshot at a time – it was a temporary thing.
        Sometimes it can take a while for a cam to show you/connect to the live feed after the advert, which is when you get black for a little while.

        You guys might want to refresh the page or check what else is running in the background/what else is downloading/uploading through your connection – the stream quality will vary depending on how busy your laptop/PC or internet is.

    • KC says:

      Ok it is loading up properly now. Thank you!

  38. Denise@LTWC says:

    Hi everyone!
    There’s been some questions about Cinder being uncomfortable on the logs so thought I’d try to explain. First of all she’s in our Bobcat cage instead of the bear enclosure. That actually is a GOOD thing as she has a big wood den up top & to the left on the webcam that she could choose to sleep in instead of the logs. In the bear enclosure all we have is log platforms to keep it more natural & the cubs are fine with it. In the wild they sometimes spend LOTS of times in tree branches. With Cinder we don’t want to put pine boughs ( too much sap) or beds up there as she would probably just knock it down or tear it up. She could choose to sleep in the nice comfy box but she likes the platform so we just let her ” do her thing”! If she seems uncomfortable it’s most likely bandages bugging her or just still healing pain from the burns. Thanks for caring!

    • KC says:

      Thank you Denise for taking care of Cinder along with all the other animals there. Cinder is doing just fine or you would do something about it. Have a great weekend.

    • Nadine says:

      A sleep number bed!! LOL. Thanks for that Mimi. :) I purchased that book you recommended – it looks great.
      It’s fabulous everyone pops their head in to check and calls or posts when they notice stuff, like the loose bandage. Note: Cinder can take a while to walk down her ramp, with or without a bandage.
      Three cheers to Cheryl for doing so much of that veggie chopping, and to everyone who works so hard at LTWC. I really do wish I lived closer to help out, I’m a dab hand at veggie chopping, and I have no problems with bear poop/piddle. Bless you all.
      Nadine x

    • Terry says:

      Being carried out like a little doll – wish I’d seen that :)
      Glad she’s staying wild too – not warming up to the presence of people. That makes her survival chances better.
      Denise – before she’s ready to be released will you teach her how to hunt and fish? After a year where she is I hope she won’t expect dinner served in abundance when she goes back to the wild.
      Also another question for you: If Cinders is released back to where she came from, won’t everything be burnt and with a lot less prey and vegetation for her? How will she find food or a place to sleep and hide with so many acres of burnt forest?

    • cathy elizabeth levin says:

      Thank You Denise for explaining this, and a million THANKS YOUS are never enough for ALL you and LTWC are doing for sweet baby Cinder and ALL off the babies and animals at your center!
      I am greatly appreciative to have the opportunity to watch Cinder via your webcams- THANK YOU for sharing Cinder with us !
      I wonder if the bright light is keeping her from falling asleep.?..she looks a little bored but she has to heal and stay in a protected environment now.
      Maybe soon she can meet and hang out with other little bear cubs- maybe get some socializing into her schedule~
      THANK GOODNESS she found a savior in LTWC!!

  39. Deanna Pine says:

    Why does the bear sleep on bumpy logs? Is it because you have keep them in what would be their most natural surroundings? Oh and I want to tell you how wonderful you are for what you are doing for Cinder. If the world had more people like you it would be in a lot better shape than it is now. Thank you!

    • Mimi at Tahoe says:

      Bumpy logs! Actually they’re sort of smoothed off. This is an older wild bear! She isn’t expecting a sleep number bed! Remember, she poops wherever she is. Some of us watched people hosing down that upper deck the other night. It seems a whole team goes in there to clean while she’s gone for bandage change. She wakes up to a clean home and plenty of nice food choices plus the liquids she needs. The sedative makes her thirsty. And last time I looked, there was still a big upholstered mattress thing for her on the ground floor. . . . Much of this work is organization, phone calls, diplomacy, fund-raising, negotiation, coordinating efforts, knowing how to work with the government agencies. . . . There’s a goddess named Cheryl sitting in the garage where the food is. She’s doling out salad greens, avocado, carrots, fruit, grapes on the stem and melon wedges into buckets for the bears! I’m glad to learn Cinder has sort of turned a corner in her recovery. She knows people are helping her.

      • KC says:

        Very well said Mimi. Cinder is doing well and has what she needs to recover. So thank you to all involved and to Cheryl for cutting up the food.

      • Dawn says:

        I’m concerned that the bandage on Cinder’s right front paw has come off, leaving her paw exposed, and that she might trip on the loose bandage.

        • Denise@LTWC says:

          Bandage change later today is on the agenda so she shoud be fine until then! Thank you for watching out for her!

      • Terry says:

        What a dear little soul. Watched her chew off her right paw bandage last night. She didn’t sleep well at all, very fidgety. She’s very unsteady on her hind legs, I was a little worried when she came so close to the front end of her log bed – looked almost like she’s lose her balance and fall backwards. But after a good poop and a pee she went downstairs for more snacks. lol My heart bleeds for Cinders as I think there isn’t a worse injury than burns. It hurts for such a long time and it will also take quite awhile for her paw pads to develop that leathery texture so it won’t hurt anymore to walk. At first, climbing up rough bark trees will be hard on her tender pads but hopefully will keep toughening up more.
        Thanks for all you’re doing for Cinder. Great job well done!! ♥

  40. 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!

    • Ellen says:

      I think the tail of the right front bandage is getting caught by her back foot when she’s walking – she seems to be having a little trouble getting down the ramp

  41. 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.

  42. neughhay says:

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

  43. Kaweah says:

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

  44. KC says:

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

  45. 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…?

  46. 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.

  47. T. Fitzgerald says:

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

  48. 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….

  49. 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.

  50. 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)!

  51. 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.

  52. 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!

  53. 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!]

  54. Linda G says:

    Napping. Hope her paws are healing well -

  55. 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

  56. 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.

  57. 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..

  58. 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!

  59. 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

  60. 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!!!

  61. Pat says:

    Of course, now she moves.

  62. Pat says:

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


  63. 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!

  64. 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!

  65. 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.

  66. 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.

  67. 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

  68. 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.

  69. 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..

  70. 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!

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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. :-)

  74. KC says:

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

  75. 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.

  76. 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.

  77. 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!

  78. 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!

  79. 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 . . .

  80. 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.

  81. Joanne D says:

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

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