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The cub recovered a month ago in León is progressing favorably and is already continuing its treatment in a center in Cantabria

The cub recovered in the province of León is at the Cantabria Wildlife Recovery Center, dependent on the Ministry of the Environment, where it is progressing favorably from the injuries it suffered last May, when it was found in critical condition by a particular in a locality of the Leonese municipality of Igüeña.

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Since it was rescued by environmental agents from the Junta de Castilla y León, the animal has been admitted to the Valladolid Wild Animal Recovery Center to recover from the state in which it was found, with symptoms of dehydration and poor body condition.

In his first days after his arrival at the Center, the cub was in critical condition with a guarded prognosis, presenting stupor and diminished reflexes. As the days went by, he showed occasional periods of alertness until he was completely attentive in response to the environmental stimuli around him.

After the first weeks of treatment, he began to be able to stand up on his hind limbs, managing to maintain his balance in station for short periods of time, until finally he was able to walk, run and climb, going from 3,800 kilograms to 8,950 kilograms of weight. .

After this first phase of recovery, the bear cub has been transferred this week to Cantabria to begin the second phase of recovery at the Wildlife Recovery Center, located in Villaescusa, where it will undergo a recovery treatment with the aim that it can be released with guarantees in the natural environment, the Government of Cantabria has reported.

To do this, it remains in facilities suitable for this type of recovery in which contact with humans is avoided in a controlled environment and exhaustive monitoring is carried out to continue its normal development under conditions of minimal human intervention.

The transfer from Castilla y León to Cantabria has been carried out without any type of complication and during its first hours in the large mammal facilities of the Cantabria Wildlife Recovery Center its adaptation has been good.

Completely naturalized with a Cantabrian forest, the Center’s facilities also have a hospital equipped to carry out diagnostic and treatment tests.

The forecast of the technicians is that the animal will remain in the Center between one and two months, a period in which it is estimated that it will recover a minimum weight and an age of between 7 and 8 months, as long as the evolution is favorable and the specimen be suitable for reintroduction into the natural environment.

This is the fifth bear cub to pass through the Villaescusa facilities after four other specimens from neighboring autonomous communities have remained at the Center with a successful result, the result of good collaboration between administrations in terms of recovery and rehabilitation of wildlife species .

After his stay in Cantabria, he will be transferred to the installations for the acclimatization of brown bears that the Junta de Castilla y León has on the Valsemana estate, in the province of León, in semi-free conditions, following the experiences of the Saba and Éndriga that, after passing through the Cantabria Wildlife Recovery Center, were successfully reintroduced into the natural environment.