People in California were upset and worried when they saw a hairless creature digging through a container and called a local rescue team.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, “When they appeared, they couldn’t believe their eyes: a young black bear … without fur. The bear was captured and first transferred to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which in turn contacted a branch of the [Humane Society of United States], the Wildlife Animal Center Fund. “(FFAWC)
After looking over the bear, they realized she was covered in mange. Mange is a painful skin disease caused by mites in the skin. The mange had spread all over her body and resulted in complete hair loss.
The naked bear needed help and shelter to recover. On Christmas Eve, two sympathetic volunteers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife took a bear, named Eve, to the FFAWC. The FFAWC arranged for the bear to take refuge. With her extreme case of scabies, they had to think twice about what type of bedding and materials to use. They didn’t want to irritate Eva’s skin any more. Also, scabies is highly contagious, so they had to make sure they made it as sanitary as possible.
When Eve arrived at FFAWC, she was placed in her sanctuary to recover. She quickly won the hearts of the volunteers. Eve is on her way to recovery, but it will take time. The staff believes she will fully recover. When completely cured, the FFAWC will release her back into the wild.
The staff at FFAWC posted on her recovery, “Each day she explores her room and begins selecting items to shred and drag into her igloo to build a nest for the night. She’s quite diligent and it’s always interesting to see what she ends up with.”
Until his release, he enjoys his space and his fresh fruit, especially apples. In the video, he returns each apple to its nest.
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped save and rehabilitate Eva!
Check out the video of Eve at the FFAWC sanctuary below.
UPDATE: Eva is doing well and will live in the sanctuary for the rest of her life. Watch her turn back into a happy healthy bear in the video below.