2 abandoned bear cubs recover at Lake Tahoe center

Two abandoned baby bears are being nursed back to health at the the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care center in South Lake Tahoe.

The twin boys Conway-1 and Conway-2 arrived at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Tuesday morning. Department of fish and wildlife wardens at Conway Summit, near Mono Lake, kept seeing the little bears without their mother and became alarmed.

So, they trapped the little guys and brought them to the wildlife rehab center.

A little underweight, the growing boys are fed a special bear formula, along with a special bear high-in-fat milk, to help them grow and gain weight.

The two cubs are being held in the same unit for their stay at the center.

"They've been very quiet," Lake Tahoe Wildlife Center's Tom Millham said. "They were boxing and having a good time. Finally, they're able to relax a little bit."

Soon, they will have some playmates; right next door are two other rescued bear cubs. There's Meyers, who was was hit by a car in the community of Meyers. And, Tahoe, who was dropped off at the wildlife center back in April; within two months, she has grown from 5 pounds to 22 pounds.

Eventually, all the bears will be put together in one location, which should make it easier for them to return to the wild.

"It makes it a bit easier for us to have the total break between human and animals," Millham explained.

The plan is to nurse all of the cubs back to health, and then release them into the wild in January or February.

For those interested in keeping tabs on the cubs, go to LTWC.org and check out the bears webcams.

"Some of our supporters watch this all day long. They have it In the corner of their (computer) screen." said Millham.


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