Missing mama bear’s newborn cub rescued, in intensive care

In this image taken Monday Jan. 23, 2017, and provided by The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a bear cub that was rescued by two hunters in Lunenburg County, Va., is examined by veterinary intern Dr. Peach Van Wick at the center in Waynesboro, Va. Two cubs were left alone in a den where one died and the other was brought to the center when the mother did not return. (The Wildlife Center of Virginia via AP)

LUNENBURG, Va. (AP) — Biologists in Virginia have rescued a newborn black bear found in a den without its mother, but the tiny cub’s sibling didn’t make it.

Wildlife Center of Virginia officials tell The Washington Post that rabbit hunters discovered two small cubs Saturday in a den by themselves in Lunenburg County.

In this image taken Monday Jan. 23, 2017, and provided by The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a bear cub that was rescued by two hunters in Lunenburg County, Va., is examined at the center in Waynesboro, Va. Two cubs were left alone in a den where one died and the other was brought to the center when the mother did not return. (The Wildlife Center of Virginia via AP)
In this image taken Monday Jan. 23, 2017, and provided by The Wildlife Center of Virginia, a bear cub that was rescued by two hunters in Lunenburg County, Va., is examined at the center in Waynesboro, Va. Two cubs were left alone in a den where one died and the other was brought to the center when the mother did not return. (The Wildlife Center of Virginia via AP)

The cubs were still alone the next day, and one of them died after crawling out and becoming “extremely cold and wet.” The surviving cub was taken to the wildlife center on Monday, where he’s being fed every four hours in the intensive care unit. Officials believe it’s about 10 days old and in good health.

Biologists plan to check den sites next week for a surrogate mother for the cub.

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