Heavy snowfall starts to melt quickly as winter gives way to spring.
This causes flooding in many places that may be dangerous for wildlife, such as a bear’s den.
In this story, two tiny bear cubs found themselves trapped inside their flooded den as snow turned to ice-cold water.
Fortunately, deputies with the Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, Dylan Wegner, and Zach Pierce, heard the horrified screams of the bears and followed their voices to investigate.
After seeing their situation, they rescued the shivering, soaked bears and put them in the squad car while waiting for wildlife officials, according to WKOW-TV.
The young cubs are now at Wild Instincts, a wildlife hospital in Wisconsin. Wild Instincts wrote that the female cub was ‘fair, borderline critical’ but the male cub was in ‘pretty good shape.’
The hospital said that the tiny bears will not be reunited with their mother, saying mother bears sometimes abandon their babies in times of flooding.
“Bears abandon dens for many, many reasons. Some involve human activities, some do not,” the hospital wrote.
“Flooding is a common reason that we were expecting this year because of the huge snowfall and potential for fast melt,” the organization added.
A young mother bear may leave her cubs to save herself for the sake of future reproduction. If it is necessary to leave her cubs, a mother will.
“Many first-time moms of many species will leave their babies to save themselves. That is Nature. No judgments,” the hospital explained.
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