Abandoned bear cub does not survive following rescue

5:59 AM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
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GARRISON, Minn. - It had the potential to be a heartwarming story of survival, and one woman's love for the wilds.

Sadly, it was not to be.

Linda Woodruff of Zimmerman found a little bear cub while walking her dogs Saturday. The cub was abandoned, injured, and would not have survived had she left it.

Instead, Woodruff rescued the little bear and brought him to the Wild and Free Center at the Garrison Animal Hospital.

"The doctor said she was 25 pounds, but should've been 60 pounds," says Linda. "They had to hold its head up just to eat."

Sadly, despite the best efforts of Dr. Katie Baratto, the decision was made to put the cub down. The young bear was getting weaker despite an infusion of food and fluids, and xrays showed that it had a number of additional fractures, some involving the bear's joints.

Doctors decided the bear would have died if released to the wild, and would live in constant pain if maintained in captivity. 

"A sad day," Woodruff emailed KARE 11's Dave Berggren, who profiled the rescue Sunday.

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