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 an unexpected visitor.

A small black bear cub wandered along Erica and Bruce Hazen's country road, peeking into their kitchen through a glass door.

One evening, the cub stood alone in the rain, 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.

After the mother bear didn't appear for two nights, the Hazens called the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

A wildlife official captured the cub into a bear trap with the help of more apple slices.

Because he's healthy, the cub will be taken to a rehabilitation facility where other bear cubs are being raised.

The hope is that he'll eventually be released into the wild.

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Why might the family have fed the bear cub apple slices?
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COMMENTS (28)
  • caitlynk-2-bar
    11/09/2015 - 12:21 a.m.

    The family may have fed the bear apple slices because the bear's mother wasn't with him/her. Also, the people may have been feeding the cub food, just because he/she was cute, but like a bird once the people started acting like a mother figure the bear left and thought he/she didn't need her anymore. THis article was interesting because this is the second article about about a bear and both were either already in the house or wanted to get in. This article was surprising because it showed how much people still love wild life and how we should protect it from harm so animals can live in their natural habitat.

  • katelynn-fel
    11/09/2015 - 02:26 p.m.

    Because they wanted to be nice and didn't want it to starve and bears eat berries in the wild and other fruit so they feed it berries so it wouldn't go hungry.

    • giannad-jac
      11/16/2015 - 12:41 p.m.


      My idea builds on to @katelynn-fel's idea. I also believe that the couple fed the bear apples to keep it alive, they fed it apples because they eat berries in the wild and berries are a fruit.

  • wyatt-fel
    11/09/2015 - 03:09 p.m.

    That was very nice of those people. They took there apple slices and fed it to him they could have of just left him there.

  • dashiellg-3-bar
    11/09/2015 - 04:04 p.m.

    The family fed the bear cub apple slices because they wanted to assure the cub stays healthy. Black bears are omnivores so they can eat apples and remain healthy. I thought this was interesting because the family was able to take car of the bear cub on their own. Without their help the cub may not have been able to survive.

  • tiffanyf-1-bar
    11/09/2015 - 07:40 p.m.

    The family may have fed the bear cub apple slices because in the wild bears are known for a diet of fruits and berries. According to the article,"the cub stood alone in the rain," showing that the cub was alone without a mother and needed food that contained nutrients to help it survive. I thought this article was interesting because bear usually don't leave their young but this cub was alone without a mother. I am interested to know why the mother abandoned her child.

  • chloec-Orv
    11/10/2015 - 01:07 p.m.

    Well that was nice also maybe the baby cub looked hungry and didn’t have anybody to take care of him so they were nice enough to feed the baby cub.

  • charliet-orv
    11/10/2015 - 01:26 p.m.

    The family gave fed the bear cub apple slices because first off it was orphaned so why wouldn't they. Second off bears are omnivores. So they need the right nutrition of meat and plants.

  • oliviam-6-bar
    11/11/2015 - 11:56 p.m.

    The family might have fed the bear because it was "alone in the rain, looking for a way into the couple's home" This means that the bear might have been hungry because it was trying to get inside. The bear cub must have smelled the food from inside. Also,"the mother bear didn't appear for two nights" which means that the couple knew that the cub could not survive on its own without it's mother's milk. They were helping it get the nutrient it needed to survive. The couple must have helped save the cub's life.

  • giavannac-orv
    11/12/2015 - 01:49 a.m.

    Maybe processed food that people eat might have harmed the cub in some way, so they gave the cub apples that wouldn't have harmed it.

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