WASHINGTON Co., Va. (WSET) -- A black bear cub is on his way to rehabilitation after a family dog found him and brought him home.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro said that the infant black bear cub was admitted to the Wildlife Center on February 6 after the dog's owners were unsure of where the cub came from.
They called the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries who took the cub to the center.
Dr. Claire, the center's veterinary intern, examined the cub when he got there and found that he was bright and alert and vocalizing readily, but was mildly dehydrated.
The center said he was settled into an incubator and was added to their 'round-the-clock bottle feeding schedule.
The cub was introduced to a female cub taken to the center on January 28 after being found on top of a brush pile in Craig County by power line workers. The center said the female cub was nearly frozen.
The male cub weighed 540 grams and the female cub weighed 566 grams, which is the smallest cubs that have been admitted to the center in recent years.
The female cub was picked up the morning of February 10 for a fostering attempt that was successful.
"The sow held tight in her den and immediately scooped this little cub in when I placed her near the den entrance," the DGIF biologist reproted. "The cubs in this den (we think there are two) are probably about two- to three-weeks-old. This is a large sow (225+ lbs) so she should be able to take care of them all! I rechecked her [Monday] evening approximately 4.5 hours post-foster and they are all tucked in the den quiet as can be perfect scenario!"
DGIF biologists are picking up the male cub Wednesday morning for a fostering attempt.
The center said the two cubs will likely be fostered separately, due to the size and age difference; the biologist will also need to assess the number and age of cubs present at the den sites and will make final decisions in the field.