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Abandoned Bear Cubs To Return To South Carolina

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Three abandoned bear cubs found in Oconee County will be returned to the state by the end of the fall. Photo courtesy Appalachian Bear Rescue Three abandoned bear cubs found in Oconee County will be returned to the state by the end of the fall. Photo courtesy Appalachian Bear Rescue
TOWNSEND, TN. -

Three bear cubs that were found abandoned in a cardboard box earlier this year in Oconee County will be returned to the state by the end of the fall.

The cubs, affectionately known as "Bennie," "Jerry," and "Carrie" were discovered in the box on Damascus Church Road on March 1 by Brandon Poole, a volunteer firefighter from the Long Creek Fire Department. Shortly after their discovery, two of the cubs, "Bennie" and "Jerry," which were named after Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, were taken to the Appalachian Bear Rescue, a private non-profit organization, facilities in Townsend, Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After a stop at the Charles Towne Landing wildlife preserve in Charleston, they were joined by "Carrie" on March 22.

The four week old cubs were only three pounds when they were found, according to Dana Dodd, President of the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Bear Rescue. Dodd said the threesome, which were nursed with lamb's milk, are healthy and enjoying the cool temperatures in their wild enclosure at the facility. Since then they have been eating berries, peanuts and acorns and weigh about 70 pounds each.

Over the course of the past six months, the bear's have been featured on the Appalachian Bear Rescue Facebook page and become quite popular. However, they will soon depart their friendly confines and be returned to South Carolina to an unknown destination later this fall by the Department of Natural Resources, Dodd said. From there they will be allowed to roam the wilderness like most bears,

But first, they will help the organization in another effort. They are among the 196 bears rescued by the organization since its inception and are proudly featured in an effort to get a free vehicle as part of Toyota's "Cars For Good" event, which gives away 100 vehicles to non-profit organizations in need.  People can go to Facebook and help vote. 

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