Welcome to SP!  -

Lil' Smokey in South Lake Tahoe

 
[ Sizes: Orig | Med | Small | Thumb ]
Lil\'  Smokey in South Lake Tahoe
PLEASE DON'T VOTE!

(YOU CAN COMMENT if you want to.)

"Lil' Smokey," a dehydrated 6-month-old black bear cub horribly burned in the Northern California wildfires, was fighting for his life Monday at a care center in South Lake Tahoe.

"Everybody should keep some good thoughts for him because he is pretty
critical," said Cheryl Millham, founder and executive director of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

The cub, weighing just 8.5 pounds, has been treated with antibiotics, other medicines and clean bandages each day. Until Monday, when his appetite flagged, he dined on peaches, pears, grapes and plums.

Millham credited firefighter Adam Deem, who found the bear in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest west of Redding, CA, last Thursday, with saving the bear's life.

"This bear would have been dead right now, dying an agonizing, horrible
death with burned paws if that firefighter had not picked it up," said
Millham. "Thank goodness this firefighter had some compassion."

"If (the bear's) pads regenerate and the toenails regrow, the cub could go
back to the wild," said Millham.

The rescue center can only accept cubs from birth up to 50 pounds.

The center has two other bear cubs, also six months old, who have grown to
roly-poly furballs weighing 35 to 40 pounds.

If Lil' Smokey survives, but cannot be returned to the wild, he would be
kept in captivity.

July 21, 2008 from Belleville News (source)

UPDATE: As of August 3rd, this little Cubby
is doing fine! Great news from my source in S. Lake Tahoe!!!





Comments


[ Post a Comment ]
Viewing: 1-18 of 18    

Anya JingleGet Well Soon Lil' Smokey!

Anya Jingle

Hasn't voted

Ok, ok I won't vote, but 10/10 karma points for the awesome firefighter! :)
Posted Jul 22, 2008 5:50 pm

lcarreauRe: Get Well Soon Lil' Smokey!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

I most certainly agree with what you're saying!
Thanks, AJ!
Posted Jul 22, 2008 5:53 pm

WyoNativeRe: Get Well Soon Lil' Smokey!

WyoNative

Hasn't voted

Poor little thing....Keep us posted as to how he does....Thanks.
Posted Jul 22, 2008 10:10 pm

lcarreauRe: Get Well Soon Lil' Smokey!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

On behalf of the bear, THANKS for your kind
words. As of August 3rd, the bear is doing
very well, based upon human compassion.
Posted Aug 4, 2008 11:22 pm

DiveriaMy best wishes

Diveria

Hasn't voted

I hope his eyes will shine soon again with the joy of being back home, in the wilderness he belongs to, with his health recovered.
Posted Jul 29, 2008 3:54 am

lcarreauRe: My best wishes

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Gracie, Marco! It takes some TIME to recover
from a traumatic injury, such as one sustained in a fire or sudden lightning strike.

I think this little one is in very good hands.

The bear seems to be recovering nicely;
it's THE HUMANS I worry about!


Posted Jul 29, 2008 11:39 am

WyoNativeRe: My best wishes

WyoNative

Hasn't voted

Larry...Have you heard anything further about this little cub?
Posted Aug 30, 2008 11:16 pm

lcarreauRe: My best wishes

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Yes, from what Sp-member 'Madeintahoe' has
been telling me, the little guy is doin' fine!
Posted Sep 1, 2008 1:31 pm

lcarreauRe: 10/10

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Well, it takes a special kind of bonding
between critters and humans. I grew up in a
city, and it took me a long time to realize that these critters were HERE long before I was; or that "K-Mart" down the street was.

I'm sure this cubby is doin' just fine!!

Larry
Posted Sep 1, 2008 1:34 pm

klwagarAww

klwagar

Hasn't voted

this is so sweet. Glad to hear he is doing well!
Posted Oct 9, 2008 12:25 am

lcarreauRe: Aww

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

It's amazing once you "switch off" the
"rattle and hum" of electronics, and
(physically) get yourself out there into the
dynamic world of wildlife - HOW MUCH people
really CARE. Have a great one, klwagar! EH???
Posted Oct 9, 2008 12:46 pm

Ejnar FjerdingstadHope

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

Hasn't voted

the little fellow makes it! I would have voted 10.
Posted Jan 3, 2009 10:09 am

lcarreauRe: Hope

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Thanks - as of August 3rd of last year, the
little cubby was doing fine, and on the road
to recovery.
Posted Jan 3, 2009 10:17 am

Liba KopeckovaDo you have any

Liba Kopeckova

Hasn't voted

new information on this cub?
Most humans would have some mental damage from such a degree of dehydration. And I have to admit that I did not even recognize that it was a bear cub...
and I would like to vote, but have to obey you Larry...
Posted Jan 25, 2010 9:02 am

lcarreauRe: Do you have any...

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Obey ???

Thanks for your concern for Lil' Smokey ...

Here's the last info I received from a CA newspaper :

"Nearly three months after his ordeal, Lil' Smokey has gained nearly 50 pounds and he no longer needs the bandages and booties on his paws.
More importantly, the pads of his feet -- and all 20 of his claws -- were beginning to grow back. With his paws getting back to normal, caretakers say there's a good chance Smokey will be able to live in the wild again.
"He's just doing great," center volunteer Tom Millham said. "He's obviously getting harder to handle.
"

So, far as I know, the little guy is out in
the woods (once again) eating snails and berries! : )) ))!


Posted Jan 25, 2010 10:24 am

lcarreauRe: Fantastic!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Gracie, Roberto.

It's not my picture. It appeared in the
national media about three years ago.

I'm sure Lil' Smokey appreciates the actions
of mankind in this particular instance.
Posted Apr 15, 2011 9:34 am

EricChuThanks for posting this, Larry!

EricChu

Hasn't voted

And I'm glad to know the little bear is doing well - the look in his eyes on this photo just makes my heart melt!
Posted Jan 9, 2012 1:03 pm

lcarreauRe: Thanks for posting this, Larry!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Thanks, Eric! I think Lil' Smokey has since
been released back into the wild ..

Little miracles are the BEST kind.

And, LIFE is definitely a BEAR ..



The little bear shortly after being released
(back) into the Wild.
Posted Jan 9, 2012 7:58 pm

Viewing: 1-18 of 18    




Rate This Image
Current Score: 74.92

Log In To Vote
Image Data
lcarreauSubmitted by lcarreau
on Jul 22, 2008 1:34 pm

Image ID: 423553
Hits: 2064 
Lat/Lon: 38.90226°N / 119.9707°W
Object Title: Lil' Smokey in South Lake Tahoe

Image Type(s): Informational