Firefighter Finds Box of Three Bears by Roadside

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A volunteer firefighter found a cardboard box filled with baby bear cubs on the side of a South Carolina roadway, according to the Daily Mail U.K., Brandon Poole was with his family, driving in his hometown of Long Creek, S.C., when he spotted the abandoned box.

"I thought it was little puppies in that little box, so I got closer to it," Poole said. "I heard squealing so I thought it was baby pigs. I got closer and picked one up -- it was three baby bears."

The tiny black cubs each weighed less than three pounds. Poole put the box in his truck and took the animals to a nearby firehouse, fearing they'd freeze to death if they were left alone.

Poole's two daughters wanted to keep the bears, but Poole did the proper thing and turned them over to professionals. Since then, Appalachian Bear Rescue in Tennessee adopted two of the cubs (naming them Benny and Jerry), and the third one was given to the Charles Towne Landing Zoo in South Carolina.

It is not known how the cubs came to be abandoned, but officials believe that humans were involved. Ultimately, Poole made the intelligent call by contacting the proper authorities.

If you find what appears to be an abandoned animal, don't move it right away; it may not be abandoned at all. Sometimes, young animals are left alone while their families forage for food. Observe the animal from a distance for 24 hours to see if its family comes to retrieve it. If you are sure the animal has been abandoned, contact experts at the closest wildlife rehabilitation center.


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At first I thought it was pretty sarcastic and unnecessary to make the comments that of course waiting 24 hours doesn't apply to helpless baby animals left in a box, after considering it,yes these days too many people need instructions for things that would seem obvious. Very obvious. I would point out, having worked in animal rescue, wild and domestic, if you can SAFELY assist a baby animal that is obviously injured and abandoned, like a baby bird who fell out of the nest, wild bunny babies etc, I would do so with extreme caution and gloves. Or, if you are not comfortable with handling it, call the local DEC, forest rangers, or even local animal shelters some have specially trained and licensed people to handle them, or know who does. And yes, I would agree its pretty obvious mama bear didn't put them in the box. Based on my past experience, its quite possible some moron illegally killed the mother, and didn't have the heart to kill the cubs so left them to either be found or die.

March 14 2013 at 12:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

kuddos to the guy how stopped and did the right thing. He also is teaching his kids you can't keep wild animals just because now they are cute and cuddly.

March 13 2013 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

kuddos to the guy who stopped and did the right thing.!!

March 13 2013 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Could be the mother died.The person that put them in the box was afraid to call after finding them.Remember at least they were not killed by some crazy idiot.

March 13 2013 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"...officials believe that humans were involved." No kidding! Last I heard momma bears didn't leave their cubs in boxes by the side of the road.

March 13 2013 at 5:12 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

mmmmmmmm, bear stew.

March 12 2013 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ok, so I appreciate that people (articles, reports, shampoo bottles) have to have disclaimers on them so that stupid people won't go willy-nilly into the woods to see if they can find abandoned bear cubs under a bush or something.

but it's a whole different story to STRESS the idea that people who find wild animals who may or may not be abandoned need to behave responsibly... when the entire story is about finding baby cubs IN A BOX.

y'all just lose credibility when stating "watch them for 24 hours" before deciding they're abandoned.

they're in a box. the momma bear obviously put them in the box by the side of the road because she didn't want them.

March 12 2013 at 10:57 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to redinnevada's comment

I think they mean this to the people who find animals NOT in boxes.

We had a problem in my town of people taking baby fawns to animal control after they were found. But Deer will often leave there babies in a safe place and then return to them,

Also other animals use themselves as decoys to keep their babies safe.
In the case of rabbits, the mother rabbit will put a small distance from her babies so that a predator will go after the larger rabbit.

March 13 2013 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The officials figured out that humans were involved, since the bears were found in a box.

Geniuses, our "officials."

March 12 2013 at 10:55 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to lst361's comment

Heck they are probably still conducting their investigation. Thats some fine officials you got there in S.C.

Waiting that 24 hours would have been disastrous for those cubs. They would have either starved, froze or been ran over by cars.

The big question here is why the person who put them in the box just didn't take them to local authorities and just lie about how he/ she got them? This would not have made headlines and they would not have been put in harms way.

March 13 2013 at 8:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Awwwww! At least they will be taken care of.......Thankful they were found before they froze or starved to death!!!!!!!!

March 12 2013 at 9:56 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Maybe the momma bear put them in the box for safekeeping because she couldn't find a baby sitter while she was out shopping? Why blame humans right away?

March 12 2013 at 8:44 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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