An orphaned bear cub was rescued when it climbed on board a Tennessee river guide’s raft.
“Noli-Bear,” named for the Nolichucky River it was found on, is now eating his fill of berries, applesauce, and grapes after being found in an extreme case of dehydration and heat stroke.
Guide Danny “Shaggy” Allen is credited with paddling his raft towards the distressed bruin in an attempt to save it, giving it every chance as the little bear climbed aboard.
“We weren’t going to sit there and watch that bear die,” Moses told GrindTv. “We had guests on our rafts and they wanted us to save it, but even if we didn’t have guests we felt we had to do something.”
Since the rescue, Noli Bear has been making a remarkable recovery.
At issue now is whether or not Allen and High Mountain Expeditions service will face fines for removing wildlife.
Signs are promising, though, that the orphaned bear cub will be more than strong enough to be released back into the wild later this year.
Photos via Appalachian Bear Rescue