The 37-pound young bear whose paws were badly burned in the Carlton complex wildfires is doing great, according to caretakers at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care in California.
The third-degree burns on Cinder’s paws are healing, as well the burns around her face, said Denise Upton, a caretaker at the center.
A veterinarian changes Cinder’s burn dressings every other day.
Upton said they also are treating sores on Cinder’s elbows from crawling, because she could no longer use her paws.
When the fire broke out, Cinder took shelter under a horse trailer in the Methow Valley, according to earlier reports.
Steve Love, owner of the horse trailer, befriended the bear and brought her water and apricots from his tree.
And when she started whimpering that night, Love came as close as he dared and tried to comfort her. “I said, ‘You’re OK, little bear. Everything will be all right’ in a soothing voice,” Love said at the time the bear was rescued.
The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife captured the bear, and with donated help from many people, Cinder was flown on a private plane to the care center.
Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care is the only facility in California that is licensed to treat orphan cubs. It currently has 10 orphan cubs and Cinder.
Upton said Cinder was at first confused for a cub, because she was severely underweight.
The little bear is now gaining weight by eating fresh fish, fruits and vegetables every day, the caretaker said.
“She’s living life.”
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