BOISE -- An injured black bear cub, rescued from the Mustang Fire burning north of Salmon is expected to make a full recovery. The bear, named Boo Boo by firefighters, suffered second degree burns on all four feet.
"He's healing nicely," Dr. Jeff Rosenthal, Director of the Idaho Humane Society said. "His pads and toes are no longer bleeding and new skin is already forming on the burned portions."
Rosenthal says the bear is young, so he has great healing potential. If the recovery progresses at its current pace, Boo Boo could leave the Humane Society’s care in two weeks.
Veterinarians say Boo Boo has been a very cooperative patient, having pulled just one bandage off during his rehab.
The bear weighed just 23 pounds when first examined last week, but appears to be making up for it. "Eating like a little pig, very feisty, and not very social," Rosenthal said. "He charges the cage front whenever anyone gets near, trying to scare us off."
The young bear has become somewhat of a celebrity since his discovery and rescue by Forest Service and Fish and Game staff nearly two weeks ago.
The Humane Society has received more than $1,000 in donations for the bear's care in just the last few days.
"The donations are very much appreciated, but what we really need now are berries of any kind, be they strawberries, blackberries, blueberries or whatever," Rosenthal said. "But no more apples, please. We have enough donated apples to bake him an apple pie every day this month."