Black bear orphans receive care at veterinary center

February 25, 2014 - 1:17pm

Black bear cubs

Cubs to receive care at zoo until they are healthy enough to travel

The Oregon Zoo veterinary medical center is feeling a bit like a nursery these days, with crying babies, round-the-clock feedings and quite a bit of cooing from the zoo's animal-care staff. In addition to the three cougar orphans being cared for here, wildlife officials brought three orphaned black bear cubs to the zoo Friday, where they will be cared for until they are healthy enough to travel to their new home in Texas. The cubs, about a month old, weigh 2-3 pounds and are just starting to cut their teeth. Officials believe that the cubs' mother was scared off by logging operations.