Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Pink Hairless Creature Terrified Residents After Spotted Prowling Around Dumpsters.

In Need Of Some Assistance

In Need Of Some Assistance

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The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center was contacted by CDFW. The CDFW told them about the creature's situation and that the CDFW might need their help caring for it. The FAWC began preparing a recovery room for the creature, in case the animal was sent their way. It wasn't long before everyone knew what the animal was.

They Knew What It Was

They Knew What It Was

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The CDFW picked up the animal on December 23rd, and they knew immediately what it was. The odd creature was actually a California black bear cub! It couldn't have been older than a year. But why didn't the cub have any hair? The CDFW staff thought that maybe she had a skin disease, but they would have to examine her to be sure.

Finally Some Answers

Finally Some Answers

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Once the cub was given a bath, the staff gave her a complete exam. Finally they had some answers. The little cub had mange. Mange is a condition cause by parasitic mites. It's passed to animals from direct contact with an animal who is infected. The staff assumed that the bear cub's mother transmitted it to her. They figured that the mother died from it and the little bear was left to take care of herself. If they wanted to save her life, rescuers would have to get to work fast.

Time To Prepare

Time To Prepare

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Once they heard what was wrong with the bear, FAWC began to make special preparations for her arrival. They moved any unnecessary obstacles from the recovery room. They also removed the straw bedding, so the cub's skin wouldn't become even more irritated, which would cause her skin condition to get worse. It was time for the CDFW to determine how bad the cub's illness was.

Much Better Than They Thought

Much Better Than They Thought

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One of the main symptoms of mange is the hair loss, but there are other side effects, as well. The irritated skin can be really itchy, causing the animal to scratch at it, which can lead to severe damage. And because mange can weaken an animal's immune system, they're at a higher risk for infection. Surprisingly, the bear cub had no other infections and she wasn't emaciated. It looked like the bear could make a full recovery, so they sent her to the FAWC for treatment.

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