The three bear cubs appear playful in this picture taken after they were reunited. (Source: Appalachian Bear Rescue)
Brandon Poole took this picture of the three bear cubs inside the cardboard box where he found them. (Source: Brandon Poole)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A bear cub that was separated from its siblings after the trio were found in a box along an Oconee County road earlier this month has been reunited with its brothers.
Long Creek firefighter Brandon Poole said he and his family were traveling along a road when they noticed the box. He said that they stopped, thinking maybe someone had dumped a box of puppies on the roadside. He said that changed when he heard strange noises coming from the box, and when he looked inside, he was surprised.
Poole said his daughters really wanted to keep the cuddly cubs, but he knew they needed to be in the wild. So, Poole took the newborns to his fire station, where officials called the Department of Natural Resources.
After being checked by DNR, two of the baby bears were sent to Appalachian Bear Rescue in Tennessee, while the third was sent to Charles Towne Landing, in Charleston, SC.
On Friday, Heather Ripley, spokeswoman for ABR, said the female cub, named Carrie, was reunited with her brothers, called Benny and Jerry. She said Carrie was sent to a facility in South Carolina because the cub needed immediate help.
"We want to thank Charles Towne Landing for doing a great job stabilizing her," said Tom Swayngham, regional wildlife coordinator at the state Department of Natural Resources.
After the original story about the cubs being separated, FOX Carolina received several emails of what appeared to be petitions to Gov. Nikki Haley asking for the cubs to be reunited. Ripley did not indicate whether the petitions influenced the decision to bring the baby bears back together.
Ripley said the three cubs are doing well, weighing 4.5 pounds each. She said that when the bears are big enough, they will be returned to the wild.
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