Quick question: What’s the weirdest animal you’ve ever seen in a dumpster? Was it a possum? A raccoon? A cat? How about this thing?
Yes, when Butte County, California, residents saw this animal sniffing around a dumpster, they weren’t sure what it was or what to make of it but they knew that they needed to tell someone about it.
Just before Christmas, residents called the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to report the strange bald creature. Not taking the matter lightly, the department sent an urgent call to The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center (FFAWC) to investigate.
Turns out that calling them was the right move as FFAWC is one of only two places in the entire state qualified to handle … Are you ready for this? …. A BEAR!
This animal is a bear.
Since our winter weather has been mild, our little bear has been able to enjoy mid-seventies afternoons in her outdoor area of her recovery room.
Posted by The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center on Thursday, January 4, 2018
Specifically, it is a baby black bear with a bad case of mange, accounting for the lack of hair.
“[The Department of Fish and Wildlife] hadn’t seen the bear yet,” FFAWC’s Director of Operations, Christine Barton, told The Dodo. “When they got her, they called and they were like, ‘She’s completely naked.'”
It was Christmas Eve when two volunteers drove the no hair bear down to FFAWC’s base of operations in Ramona. That date soon became the basis for the creature’s name, Eve. Once Eve was taken to the wildlife center, she was given medicine right away.
Miraculously, she hadn’t developed any side effects from the mange besides the hair loss.
“It was good that she didn’t have any secondary problems from the mange,” Barton said. “She was a good weight. And she is completely naked.”
A few weeks down the line, Eve was given her own little apartment in the medical ward. Now she has both indoor and outdoor spaces to play! Nobody’s entirely sure how long she’ll have to stay. Some say six months, others say a year. It all depends on how long her it takes for her hair to grow back.
For now, though, rescuers are glad that she has a place to stay. After all, she’s a bit young to be out in the wild on her own.
“She would normally be with her mother,” Barton explained. “She obviously got separated … She’s probably been living off of scraps and trash.”
It didn’t take her long to decide she likes the nutritious meal she was offered once she settled in.
Posted by The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center on Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Now, local wineries are pitching in and giving Eve fresh grapes to eat. No more scraps for this girl! She’s also receiving baths to soothe her skin, which appear to have been helping quite a bit.
“It’s got to be itchy; the more the crusty skin gets off, the more the nice healthy skin underneath is exposed,” Barton said. “And then it’s just going to be a matter of hair.”
Hopefully that hair grows in soon. We wouldn’t want Eve to look like Fuzzy Wuzzy forever!
Once she got a taste of these yummy grapes, she sat down to get comfortable and enjoy her "wine".
Posted by The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center on Tuesday, January 2, 2018