A small, injured bear cub will have the chance to return to the wild after recovering from injuries sustained by falling from a tree.
The female cub, apparently an orphan, was discovered in an entanglement of blackberry bushes on Jan. 6. Rescuers pulled her to safety and took her to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department for rehabilitation.
The bear suffered minor injuries and was severely underweight for her age at the time of her rescue—weighing in at just over 13 pounds.
Wildlife officials made the decision to release her back into the wild rather than send her to a zoo or have her euthanized.
She will be held at the Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary near McCall, Idaho for the rest of winter to be monitored and cared for. In the spring she will be released back to her home in Jackson County, Oregon.
(Photo credit: Associated Press/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Steve Niemela)