Cinder, the 18-month-old bear cub rescued from the Carlton Complex Fire near Wenatchee, is improving, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care says.
The 39-pound cub suffered burns on her paws and stomach. A man who lost his home in the fire found her.
She was initially taken in by PAWS, but then flown to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, where they have experience with these types of injuries. The little cub, who was underweight, is still on pain medication, since burn victims have severe pain, said Tom Millham with LTWC.
Media sources report the cub still has third-degree burns on her paws that require new bandages every other day, and she's still on pain medications and antibiotics. But Denise Upton, a caretaker at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, says she's got a good appetite and has been enjoying fresh fruit and trout brought in by local fishermen.
Veterinarians have to tranquilize her every other day to apply ointment and change her bandages. To do all four paws takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on what else needs to be done.
Millham said Cinder is not submissive and “has an attitude” because she is in pain.
“She doesn't like us very much, which is great because she'll be ready for release when she heals,” he said.
Millham said everything seems to be healing as expected, but only time will tell when Cinder can go back home to Washington.