Get the Kleenex ready! This one is a tear-jerker. An adorable baby black bear was rescued from certain death by one anonymous, daring, hero. The baby bear, now called Tahoe, was found by this nameless kind-hearted soul on the side of the road. The poor thing was clutching his mother, who had died, and was crying endlessly. The tipster called authorities to leave the bear alone. But he just couldn't leave the bear there to die. Man, can you imagine being that decent AND that brave?
He did something almost crazy when it came to what happened next to the poor little cub. He boxed up the tyke in a kennel with a blanket and dropped it off -- anonymously -- at the California-based Bear League. He called to follow up, and while he wouldn't give his details he said his conscience wouldn't let him leave the baby bear there all alone. I'm sorry -- is someone chopping onions in here or something?!
Who knows why he wants to keep his identity a secret. The cynic in me believes it might be because he's responsible for harming the mother accidentally. But the rest of me just wants to believe that he doesn't think you need to shout your good deeds from the rooftops. Whatever the reasoning, what matters is the action he took. He saved that bear!
The folks at the Bear League have named him Tahoe and are helping him grow safely. They have no plans of keeping him inside indefinitely. In fact, they are working towards a one year goal of re-releasing him back into the wild. I know we're so often discouraged from getting in between things that happen in the wild. We're supposed to let mother nature run its course. But this seems like one of those rare times when man's involvement was the only solution, and it's all to the betterment of one, poor cub who now has a whole human family rooting for him.
Why do you think this rescuer chose to stay anonymous?
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