Last Monday night, photographer Corey Hancock was out hiking a gorgeous route in Oregon when he came across a three-month-old young bear. Hancock knew the poor little bear was dying since he was in such bad shape. When he initially approached him, the infant was hardly moving and looked to have been abandoned by his mother.
Hancock had no intention of abandoning the young bear to his fate. Instead, he chose to save him and carried him for nearly two kilometers, not knowing whether he would live or die.
He even gave him CPR at one point, and the baby drew a breath. He was clearly straining simply to stay alive.
He transported the tiny bear to the Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center near Salem, Oregon, where he is recovering from dehydration and malnutrition, but he is doing much better today.
Many animal specialists disagree with Hancock’s choice to save the tiny bear. They don’t believe he should have even touched the animal.
According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s standards, the tiny bear’s savior could have faced a $6,000 fine or perhaps a year in prison.
Hancock, on the other hand, will not face any consequences for saving the bear, according to Oregon State Police.
Photographer Corey Hancock shared this tale on his Facebook page.
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OMG! (How could anyone expect someone to simply walk away, leaving that poor little creature to die alone?)
We’re overjoyed that this hero was spared any penalties or fines! Hancock, thank you so much for rescuing this tiny bear!
What are your thoughts on Hancock’s actions? Did officials make the right call in this case?