"It's kind of sketchy right now as far as exactly what happened, but what we do know is that there was a forest fire..., and Cinder got caught," said Tom Millham, co-founder of the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps orphaned and injured animals.
The organization operates under permits issued by California Fish & Game, the U.S. Department of the Interior
and a federal wildlife service.
said a homeowner, whose house was ravaged by the flames, found Cinder
was returning home.
has burns on all four of her
legs and her
face, and she
may have additional damage that I haven't personally seen yet," he
said it could take several weeks to several months before Cinder's
healed from the second- and third-degree burns and ready for release.
"That will depend entirely on how the procedures go with the nursing care that we give her
and see how she
recovers from that care," Millham
"Burns, whether you're a bear or a person, are very painful," Millham
"We have no idea on much medical expenses will be," he
isn't the only bear to be recently rescued from a wildfire by volunteer staff at the care center.
is one of 10 bears under the care of Millham
wife, Cheryl, a record for the most bears they've cared for at one time.
, named by a Washington state wildlife specialist, will be kept in a pen area next to the Millhams' home with the other bears.
"This is the second (bear)," Millham
said of the number of bears recently rescued.
The Washington Department of Fish
and Wildlife sought out the Millhams to care for Cinder
after learning about another bear cub that had been released after four months of rehabilitation at the center.
That eight-pound bear was rescued in the Redding, Calif., area by a firefighter, Millham said.