Randy Huwa, spokesman for the Wildlife Center of Virginia, said the organization will release the cub into the wild as soon as he's strong enough.
"It really depends on how quickly the bear gains weight," Huwa
When the cub was rescued, Huwa
weighed about 25 pounds.
about 36 pounds.
"We'll be consulting with the bear biologist with the Virginia Department of Game
and Inland Fisheries and really relying on her
judgment on when to release him," Huwa
explained, adding that he
believes the cub will remain in custody for another few weeks.
Meanwhile, the Wildlife Center
staff has also created a blog, detailing the cub's progress since Oct. 19.
To watch the bear cub in action, the Wildlife Center
has also created a critter cam at wildone.org/eaglecam/wildlife-center-web-cam/
Asked if the cub has a name, Huwa
said the Wildlife Center of Virginia
doesn't name its patients.
"We have about 2,500 patients a year so we give them a number," he
This particular bear's number is 11-2532.
also shared his
appreciation for the students' donations and well wishes.
"The fact that these guys are helping us feed the bear is a great help obviously to this bear, but I think it's also a way for students to learn about wildlife," Huwa