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Four Bear Cubs Rescued After Mama Bear Tragically Killed On US 29 North : 4.24.08

[ 9 ] April 24, 2009 |
Thanks To Sheriff David Brooks For These Photos : ©2009 NCL Magazine : One of four bear cubs is taken to safety after the mother bear was killed along US 29 Thursday in Nelson County, Virginia. Click on any photo for larger view.

Thanks To Sheriff David Brooks For These Photos : ©2009 NCL Magazine : One of four bear cubs is taken to safety after the mother bear was killed along US 29 Thursday in Nelson County, Virginia. Click on any photo for larger view.

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Nelson County, Virginia

The mama bear died, but her four cubs are safe and sound this weekend after a lengthy rescue on US 29N just before Cedar Grover Church Thursday. “The mama bear was, unfortunately, hit by a car on 29. But the four cubs survived,” Nelson County, Virginia Sheriff David Brooks tells Nelson County Life Magazine.

Central Virginia Electric workers, Aubrey Hughes and Jody Ross manuver the bucket over to rescue one of the four bear cubs.

Central Virginia Electric workers, Aubrey Hughes and Jody Ross manuver the bucket over to rescue one of the four bear cubs.

Representatives including two bear biologists from The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries take one of the cubs to safety.

Representatives including two bear biologists from The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries take one of the cubs to safety.

Nelson County deputies block one lane of 29 while the rescue is taking place.

Nelson County deputies block one lane of 29 while the rescue is taking place.

The bear cubs were taken to Virginia Tech where they will be cared for and eventually released back into the wild.

The bears cubs were taken to Virginia Tech where they will be cared for and eventually released back into the wild.

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  1. Carol Satterwhite says:

    So sad about the mother, but a huge thank you to all of these folks for going the extra mile to save the cubs! What a great outcome.

  2. Tommy says:

    We agree Carol. Kudos to everyone Thursday that worked so hard to rescue the cubs!

  3. Katie Hughes says:

    I am so proud of Aubrey, my husband, for safely rescuing these adorable babies!! Thank you to everyone involved in rescuing the cubs!

  4. J@.net says:

    THIS IS WONDERFUL THE WAY THAT EVERYONE MOBILIZED TO SAVE THESE BABY BEARS!

    The poor mama bear can rest in peace now and hopefully her cubs will live long and full lives in the wild!!

    CONGRATULATIONS and a big THANK YOU to EVERYONE involved in this HEROIC effort!

    You make us Nelsonites proud!!

  5. Jimmy Hughes says:

    WAY TO GO AUBREY!! You look mighty proud to be part of this rescue operation. Nice to see all that 4-H training come in handy. I know Uncles Dave and Wilbur are also smiling!!

  6. jessica sanfilippo says:

    way to go aubrey:) thanks for saving those baby bears the mother that was killed is smiling 🙂 and she thanks you for that 🙂 love jessica ( his cousin:)

  7. DONNA SNEAD says:

    I WAS COMING DOWN 29 LATE WED NIGHT WHEN I SAW THE MOTHER,I
    STOPPED BUT DID NOT GET OUT. I WENT STRAIGHT HOME TOLD MY DAD
    ABOUT THE BEAR. HE COULD NOT GET ANY SLEEP THINKING ABOUT THE
    BEAR AND SHE COULD POSSIBLY HAVE LITTLE ONES.SO HE LEFT EARLY
    THURSDAY MORNING IN THE DARK AND WENT UP TO THE BEAR AND
    HE DISCOVERED 2 BABIES COMING TOWARD HIM. HE THEN PICKED THEM
    UP PLAYED WITH THE BABIES FOR A WHILE AND CALLED 911. THANKS DAD
    I ALWAYS KNEW THAT YOU HAD A BIG KIND HEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. brenda fleming says:

    What a wonderful ending to a sad story. Thanks to all who helped these little bear cubs. Nelson County is full of folks with big hearts!

  9. Denise Sullivan Thompson says:

    WAY to GO!! – to ALL who saved the cubs! What a wonderful story!
    The picture of the little cub looking up at his rescuer looks like he is saying “Thank You” to him!!
    Just wish I could have been there to see them for myself – so cute!

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