Corey Hancock, a photographer, was hiking a scenic trail in Oregon when he discovered a dying 3-month-old baby bear. He risked a year of jail time to save the baby black bear.
“I didn’t have a choice, I wouldn’t have left it out there,” he said. “He seemed to be abandoned and dying. He was hardly moving at first when I walked up on him. I thought he was dead.”
Hancock posted on Facebook, “He seemed, by all appearances, to be dead. His lips were blue. His eyes were open but unmoving and hazy. The rain was pouring down, drenching his belly. I might have seen a shallow breath.”
After searching for the cub’s mother, he concluded he was abandoned. Hancock realized at that point, he was this little bear’s only hope so he wrapped the bear in his flannel and ran a mile and a half to his car. He then rushed the cub to a nearby veterinarian’s office. Twice during the drive, he had to pull over twice to resuscitate the bear because he had stopped breathing.
The sad news was the veterinarian refused to treat the cub. At that point, Hancock took him to Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center for help. The employees at the center called Handcock a hero. An employee placed the bear on a heating pad, massaged his deep tissues, and gave him several rounds of fluids. This jumpstarted his road to recovery and by 6:00 a.m. the next morning, the cub was moving around and growling and biting his cage. The cub was named Elkhorn by his rescuer, Corey.
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