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 family from southwest Washington had a surprising visitor.

A small black bear cub wandered along Erica and Bruce Hazen's country road. He peeked into their kitchen through a 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 didn't appear for two nights so the Hazens called the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

A wildlife official caught the cub in a bear trap. The official did this with the help of more apple slices.

Because he's healthy, the cub will be taken to a rehabilitation center. Other bear cubs are being raised there too.

The hope is that he'll one day be returned to the wild.

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Why might the family have fed the bear cub apple slices?
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  • elenag-ver
    11/09/2015 - 10:22 a.m.

    One day a family from southwest washington had a animal visitor. A small black cub wandered along a couples country road. The cub peeked in their kitchen door. One day the cub stood alone in the rain, it was looking for a way to get in to the couple house. The couple fed the cub apple slices, the mother bear didnt appear for two nights so the couple called the Washington department of fish and wildlife. A wildlife caught the bear in a bear trap, how they caught the cub was giving it apple slices, since the cub ate the apple slices the cub is very healthy. Because the cub is healthy the animal will be taken to a rehabitation center and other cubs are being raised to. They are hoping the cub will be released into the wild.

  • marcus-fel
    11/09/2015 - 10:24 a.m.

    To give him some food to eat.

  • devin-fel
    11/09/2015 - 10:25 a.m.

    They fed him apple slices because he is hungry and had those on hand.

    • paigei-ter
      11/19/2015 - 02:49 p.m.

      I agree with you Devin.;) ;) It was funny that they fed him apples and he liked it!!!

  • hudson-fel
    11/09/2015 - 10:25 a.m.

    I think they fed it apple slices because it has most likely eaten apples before and liked them, so it is the perfect food to feed it

  • ethan-fel
    11/09/2015 - 10:26 a.m.

    They might have feed the bear apple slices because they didn't think that he could get his own food or they might have felt bad for him since he was staring at them through their window.

  • levi-fel
    11/09/2015 - 10:29 a.m.

    Because he looked hungry so then fed his apple slices.

    • carolined-sch
      12/11/2015 - 03:27 p.m.

      EXTRA CREDIT
      I agree and disagree.I agree because that is a good response.I disagree because you should add a who(the bear).

  • levi-fel
    11/09/2015 - 10:30 a.m.

    Because the bear looked hungry.

    • carolined-sch
      12/11/2015 - 02:57 p.m.

      Because the bear looked hungry what?It is good but you should add a little bit more information.

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