Baby Bear Jumps Into Guide's Raft, 
July 21, 2015 #nature
By Liz Owen

When Danny Allen of High Mountain Expeditions paddled down the Nolichucky River in Tennessee, he never expected to pick up this guest on his raft. However, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports that multiple river guides had previously noticed this little cub along the riverbanks and it was clear the animal was motherless, malnourished, and distressed. Therefore, Allen had no problem allowing the American black bear, later named "Noli Bear," onto his raft.

We have the best guides in the world! #nolibear #bearrescue #shaggytotherescue

Posted by High Mountain Expeditions on Monday, July 13, 2015

Noli Bear is now being rehabilitated at the Appalachian Bear Rescue, who have plans to release her back into the wild after she's gained sufficient weight and has demonstrated the proper skills to survive in her natural habitat.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency tells the  that folks should avoid interfering with wild bears, instead calling organizations like themselves to deal with the animals. That being said, we tip our caps to the kind folks at High Mountain Expedition for saving Noli Bear's life!

Dr. Ryan Sadler and Dr. Anri Benco of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine get ready to examine Noli Bear.

Posted by Appalachian Bear Rescue on Friday, July 10, 2015

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