"When we go in she obviously knows we have the jab stick and what's going to happen," said Tom Millham of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC).
is definitely making good progress," Millham
said Friday (Sept. 5).
A sure sign of her
progress is her
healthy appetite and steady weight gain since she
A second-year cub, born in January 2013, Cinder weighed only 39 pounds when she
was rescued at the beginning of August.
A cub her
age should weigh at least 80 pounds, Millham
was about half the weight she
should have been," he
Millham suspects that Cinder may not have eaten during the two weeks between the fires and her
Putting on pounds
"The good news is that … she
has put on 17 pounds in 18 days," and weighed 61 pounds last week, Millham
still losing them, but they will grow back," Millham
"That's one of the things we have to wait for.
pads have to toughen up and we have to make sure her
claws are strong enough to dig and climb," Millham
"Our goal is that once we complete medical treatment, we're going to try to get her
back up to Washington as soon as possible.
Not to be released, but to continue her
said Washington wildlife officials will make arrangements to place her
at a rehabilitation facility.
wakes up from being immobilized, we have them right next to her
It takes about 30 minutes for Cinder to become fully awake after being immobilized when her
bandages are changed, Millham
After gobbling her
climbs up to the platforms in her
A special ramp was built in Cinder's enclosure to enable her
to climb with her
likes to take her
food up to the platforms, which are 6 feet and 9 feet high.
especially likes the upper platform, Millham
"It's kind of her
If anyone goes into the cage she
scampers up to the platform."
Cinder also has another habit that makes volunteers who work at the wildlife center wary of walking below her
likes to urinate on the volunteers," he
Cinder is the second burned bear cub treated at LTWC
, a nonprofit organization.
In July 2008 the rehabilitation center took in an 8-pound cub that had been burned in a fire in northern California.
Named "Little Smokey," the cub was released back to the wild in February 2009, Millham
will work with Beausoleil when Cinder is healthy enough to return to Washington to complete her rehabilitation before returning to the wild.
Cinder's story has generated international attention, Millham
The wildlife center has been contacted by people as far away as Australia, wondering how she