Oakland Zoo Receives Sickly, Orphaned Bear Cub from South Lake Tahoe

Extraordinarily unwell and affected by life-threatening well being points, the bear cub is now present process rehabilitation efforts at Oakland Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital

Oakland, CA – November 14, 2022…An orphaned black bear cub, estimated to be eight months outdated and weighing 28 kilos, was dropped at Oakland Zoo final Friday night time by wildlife biologists from the California Division of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).  The cub could be very sick and affected by a number of well being points, together with a extreme pores and skin an infection that has triggered excessive hair loss, pneumonia, a viral an infection, inner parasites, and a deeply contaminated bone in his left entrance foot, inflicting lameness in strolling. 


The cub was given the title ‘Nixon’ by the involved residents who reported him wandering right into a retail store referred to as Nixon in South Lake Tahoe final week.

CDFW acquired the bear cub from Bear League in Lake Tahoe, after the group posted an replace in regards to the bear to locals on their Fb web page.  CDFW carried out a veterinary evaluation therapy, carried out preliminary examinations, and contacted Oakland Zoo for additional care and hopeful rehabilitation on the Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital. 


“It’s contact and go proper now. This cub is a tricky little man; regardless of his bodily state, he’s consuming effectively and is in good spirits. We’re placing our greatest efforts into training next-level drugs on him, and hope we will save his life,” stated Dr. Alex Herman, Head of Veterinary Providers at Oakland Zoo.

‘Nixon’ has been receiving therapy on the Oakland Zoo’s Veterinary Hospital since his arrival, and this morning underwent an in depth medical examination by the Zoo’s veterinary crew. Bloodwork was despatched to a number of labs, x-rays, an ultrasound, dermatology evaluation, dental examination, and extra have been additionally accomplished throughout the hours-long medical process. At the moment, his prognosis is extraordinarily guarded, however hopeful. 


“Though this cub has severe medical points, the Oakland Zoo crew is very succesful and graciously agreed to additional consider this cub and supply one of the best care attainable. CDFW and the zoo will work collectively to find out one of the best plan of action for the cub and to maintain the general public up to date,” stated CDFW Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Brandon Munk.

‘Nixon’ is being administered antibiotics, antifungals, and particular baths to deal with his contaminated pores and skin. As a consequence of his lack of fur, he is being stored heat by warmth lamps on the veterinary hospital and being fed a particular weight-reduction plan of ‘bear chow’* soaked in method, varied produce, and browse. Oakland Zoo’s veterinary crew will proceed to watch him day by day and alter his therapy as wanted. The first concern is the contaminated bone in his foot and his extreme pneumonia. If he recovers, he won’t be releasable again into the wild on account of being orphaned at such a younger age and being unable to discover ways to survive within the wild from his mom. 


For extra data on Oakland Zoo’s Animal Welfare and Conservation work, go to their web site right here

 *‘Bear chow’ is a nutrient-based kibble that supplies vitamins bears must develop to a wholesome weight.


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