There are several pictures Vets at The Wildlife Center of Virginia took of a Botetourt bear cub Wednesday morning. After a thorough examination, she got a clean bill of health.
"Her stature is quite small, but she's in really good condition. She's well muscled and she's not emaciated whatsoever, so she's been eating just fine out in the wild," explains Dr. David McRuer, Director of Veterinary Medicine: .
The biggest issue is a loose tooth they're keeping an eye on.
"The only thing that they found is a chipped tooth, a K-9 tooth, but because it's still a baby tooth- that will grow out and the adult tooth will be just fine," explains Dr. McRuer.
Bears, like the one that spent days in an Buchanan tree, have been keeping the facility busy this season. That bear will join 16-other cubs.
"This year we have had an unprecedented number of bears being hit by cars, bears coming into town, bears being found in subdivisions and residential areas, and of course- freaking people out," says Edward Clark.
Clark is President and Co-founder of the facility.
He says a poor acorn crop is pushing these animals into unfamiliar territory.
So, they come to this facility, where even our cameras are kept a healthy distance away.
"You can see the cage is shrouded, it doesn't have a clear view," says Clark. "People are not allowed to approach the cage, including our staff. These animals are wary, they do not like it when we come around."
The Botetourt County cub weighed in at 21-pounds, that's nearly 20-pounds less than her counterparts.
Over the next couple months, she'll pack on the pounds with the other cubs.
After the first of the year, all the bears will be integrated into the wild, and hibernate just like nature intended.
To get a bird's eye view of the bear cubs, click to see The Wildlife Center's Critter Cam.