The Sanctuary has an adorable new resident!
Misha, whose name means "teddy bear" in Russian, is an approximately twelve week old brown bear cub who was confiscated from an individual in Maryland and brought to the Wildlife Center of Virginia (WCV). It is suspected that she is, more specifically, a Syrian brown bear, but DNA has been sent out to confirm her exact subspecies. Given that she has been raised, up to this point, by humans, it was deemed that she was not suitable for rehabilitation and release. Instead, the WCV, Department of Game and Inland Fishers, and/or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arranged for her placement with us! After a short bout with ringworm, she was ready to come to her new home!
Misha was flown to Texas by friends of WCV (and now friends of IEAS!), Dr. Larry Patterson and Mrs. Jessica Patterson from Tennessee. We can't thank them enough for their donation of transportation for this special little cub. We'd also like to extend our gratitude to the staff and supporters of Wildlife Center of Virginia who have already become our new friends! We look forward to seeing you all out in Texas to visit Misha!
So far, Misha has been doing amazingly well in her new home. Her confidence grows by the hour, and with the help of our Emotional Enrichment Program, she's making leaps and bounds in her security and trust. There will be plenty of pictures, videos, and updates to come so stay tuned for more about this gorgeous new cub on our website, Facebook, and Blog!
Donate to help us with the cost of Misha's special care (formula, baby food, habitat adjustments, etc.) by clicking here!