A forest ranger was in the forest evaluating the plots for logging when he fell through the snow and into a bear den. The frightened female bear ran away leaving her cubs behind. The ranger didn't take the bear cubs hoping that the mother returned but called IFAW specialists for consultation.
We recommended she take the bear cubs immediately as there was no evidence that mother bear would return to her den and the small bears were sure to freeze to death soon.
The bear cubs are all male, approximately six weeks old and weigh 3.1, 2.6 and 2.3 kilograms (approx. seven, six and five pounds). The two larger brothers started to eat on the second day of their arrival.
The smaller one started to eat only on the third day and during the first two days was rehydrated orally and with subcutaneous injections.
Now all seven bear cubs feel well. They are bottle-fed five times a day with formula.
The oldest ones, from Kostroma, already started to walk!
The bear cubs from the Tver Region who are two weeks younger, are only now learning to walk. Soon the bear cubs will be switched to oat porridge meals.