Baby bandit bear adjusting to new home

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by Steve Bodinet

azfamily.com

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 9:20 PM

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- A very young black bear cub now sits in solitary at the Prescott Heritage Park Zoo & Sanctuary after getting busted south of Tucson in Sonoita.

When noise awoke Phil Volk last week he thought it was his grandchildren getting into sweets in the kitchen. 

Instead, he found a black bear cub chowing down on chocolate cake and jelly beans.

After Arizona Game and Fish officers darted the little male cub, it was taken to Prescott for some TLC. Curator Wayne Fisher said the little guy is still scared from his ordeal, which included losing mom for some reason and possibly a sibling, also.

Fisher said the cub with the sweet tooth will not be alone for long. On Tuesday or Wednesday, the little guy will be released into a pen with two orphaned cubs from Flagstaff. This hard-luck brother and sister's mother was hit by a car and killed. So how will the Sonoita cub get along with his new bro and sis?

"There'll be a scuffle," Fisher said. "Lots of growling and bear stuff like that."

Then, he adds, they'll figure each other out and become bear buddies.

The Prescott Heritage Zoo & Sanctuary won't be able to keep more than one of the cubs so they'll find homes at other zoos as the little guys wouldn't last out in the wild on their own.

If you'd like to help the Prescott Heritage Park Zoo & Sanctuary, they'd be thankful as these are tough times for nonprofits that help our wild friends get a second chance.
 

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