Family gets visit from orphaned bear cub, feeds him apples In this Oct. 20, 2015 photo, a bear cub, who was found wandering near the Bear River near Chinook, Wash., sits in a trap, to give his mother one last chance to find him. He has been taken to a wildlife rehabilitation facility by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife after being discovered by the Hazen family, which fed him apple slices. (Natalie St. John/The Chinook Observer via AP)
Family gets visit from orphaned bear cub, feeds him apples
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A small black bear cub came along Erica and Bruce Hazen's country road. He peeked into their kitchen. He looked through their glass door.

One evening the cub stood alone in the rain. It was looking for a way into the couple's home. The Hazens live just across the mouth of the Columbia River from Astoria.

The Daily Astorian reports the family fed the cub apple slices.

The mother bear did not come back for two nights. So, the Hazens called the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

A wildlife official got the cub into a bear trap. The official used apple slices to help catch the bear.

The cub is healthy so it will be taken to a special care center. Other bear cubs are being raised there too.

The hope is that he will be brought back to the wild one day.

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Why might the family have fed the bear cub apple slices?
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COMMENTS (15)
  • hayleeb-nor
    11/09/2015 - 01:31 p.m.

    This is good story. I like this story very much. The bear looks sad because there is none to play with him.

  • catlinm-sti
    11/11/2015 - 11:04 a.m.

    I love that they are getting it back to the wild!

  • bernadetteb-ree
    11/11/2015 - 05:01 p.m.

    According to the passage,"... the family fed the cub apple slices." Maybe the family fed the baby bear apple slices because the baby bear was so hungry and they had some apples that they cut into slices and gave the baby bear some of theirs.

  • camerons1-wes
    11/12/2015 - 09:28 a.m.

    Because the bear was healthy and apples are good if u want to be healthy.

  • carterl-ree
    11/13/2015 - 08:06 a.m.

    The article stated that the bear was healthy so the family fed the bear apples. The family could have fed the bear apples because the bear might have been really hungry. The family might have been scared or thought that it was funny because the bear looked through the window. I hope the bear finds his home again.

  • brockp-ree
    11/13/2015 - 08:06 a.m.

    I think the family fed the bear because they felt bad for it. I believe this because it states in the passage "One evening the cub stood alone in the rain." I think that this family did the right thing because i would feel bad for the bear. I would do the same thing if i were the family from the story.

  • makayllawiedenfeld-wic
    11/13/2015 - 10:37 a.m.

    Because the bear cub may have been hungry. They didn't want it to starve.

  • caysenmiller-wic
    11/13/2015 - 10:38 a.m.

    because they did not want the cub to starve or eat something that had rabibes.

  • oliviaj-osb
    11/16/2015 - 03:18 p.m.

    sssssssooooooo cute !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love bears!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol !!!!!!!
    just to cute to be true

  • landonb-osb
    11/16/2015 - 03:19 p.m.

    I liked it how the Hazens family fed the cub apple slices and I wonder where the mother bear was.

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