Brought back to health in Tennessee, three orphan bears go home to SC
Source: Knox News
Their bellies full, ears tagged and their new home classified
top-secret, Bennie, Jerry and Carrie scurried away to the freedom of a
South Carolina forest Friday afternoon, placing an exclamation point at
the end of saga that began badly but ended with an optimal outcome.
"This is the whole reason we're here," said Dana Dodd, president of the board of Appalachian Bear Rescue, in a phone interview.
The sibling bear cubs came to the rescue in Townsend last March as
2.5-pound infant-orphans with about as promising a future as an autumn
leaf on a Tennessee oak tree. By the time they were released into the
wild, they'd added about 100 pounds of insulating strength, with a
minimum of dependency on humans.