WATCH: The baby black bear rescued near Tofino eats on his own. Video Credit: North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
An orphaned bear cub that was rescued near Tofino in May has started eating on his own.
On Thursday, the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre in Errington posted a video on Facebook of the small, fuzzy bear eating out of a blue dish. The video was taken on June 6 and its caption read “The Tofino Bear Cub has started eating on his own.”
The bear was rescued on May 26 by John Forde, a whale watching guide and owner of the Tofino Whale Centre, and his wife at an isolated beach off Ross Pass. The baby black bear was still suckling on his dead mother and was underweight.
The cub was brought to the recovery centre and is being fed pablum with vitamins.
Jodi Young, office manager at the centre, said the bear weighed 4.6 pounds (two kilograms) on May 31. He was 7 lbs (3 kg) on June 7. The animal is set to be released back into the wild in about a year-and-a-half.