Two bear cubs without mother rescued in Polk County

Photo courtesy of Appalachian Bear Rescue

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) rescued two five-month-old bear cubs on the side of the road near Benton in Polk County.

The mother was no where to be found.

The TWRA said the bears had been on their own for a few days. They were able to survive by eating blackberries and finding enough water to keep them alive.

The cubs were transported to the Appalachian Bear Rescue outside of Townsend, Tennessee.

Veterinarians at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville said the bears were in reasonably good health but were very small.

The female weighed only 4.18 pounds, which is less than half of what she should weigh. The male was reported to be slightly anemic but still in pretty good health. The veterinarians removed ticks and administered anti-parasite medication.

Right now, the cubs are being held at The Cub Nursery where they'll be monitored and fed small quantities of bear milk replacement formula.

The Appalachian Bear Rescue has named the female cub Dandelion Bear and the male cub Bentley Bear.

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