Bear Cub Fattens Up At Grafton's Cummings School

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A male black bear cub, which was rehabilitated in Grafton, was found in the wild and severely underweight. Photo Credit: Tufts University
The bear cub will be released Wednesday after a period of "fattening up." Photo Credit: Tufts University

GRAFTON, Mass. — An orphaned black bear cub is being nursed back to health in Grafton after it was found in the wild, underweight and in need of care.

When the male cub was found Nov. 11, it weighed about 15 pounds, Katherine Cinnamond, assistant director of public relations for Tufts University, said in an email.

She added that the bear was extremely thin when he arrived. "The cub had probably been orphaned for while before it was found, she said. No information was given on where the bear was found.

The bear is being treated at the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Clinic at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts. He has been eating and now weighs a healthy 40 pounds.  

According to the Cummings School blog, the bear is doing well. When a worker was photographing him from behind a protective fence, the bear "fake charged" the person, the blog said. 

The bear will be released back into the wild by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife on Wednesday in a metal "transport tube," where experts hope he will instinctively hibernate for the winter. 

The bear should do well because of his healthy weight, Cinnamond said.

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