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It takes a village: Foster mother bear to raise cub saved by dog in Virginia

After a dog found a baby bear in Bristol, the cub was sent to the Virginia Wildlife Center where it will be raised by a new mama bear.
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In this photo provided by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a male black bear cub who was admitted to the center on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Waynesboro, Va. is cared for by staff members. The cub was rescued the night before in Washington County when a family dog brought it home to its owners. The baby is being resettled with a mother bear and her biological cubs. (Wildlife Center of Virginia via AP)

BRISTOL, Va. — An orphaned black bear cub was placed with a foster mother this week after the baby was rescued by a pet dog and carried gently to safety. 

A wildlife biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries told news outlets that the dog’s owner called a wildlife rehabilitator on Feb. 5 after the pet turned up at their home with a cub in its mouth. 

He said the cub could be up to three weeks old. The cub was taken to the Virginia Wildlife Center in Waynesboro for treatment. 

The center said the baby was resettled on Wednesday with a new mother who was nursing three cubs of her own. 

Credit: AP
In this photo provided by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a male black bear cub who was admitted to the center on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Waynesboro, Va. is cared for by staff members. The cub was rescued the night before in Washington County when a family dog brought it home to its owners. The baby is being resettled with a mother bear and her biological cubs. (Wildlife Center of Virginia via AP)

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