Little Miss Molly
And as the two members of our team were getting ready for their volunteering trip to Utyos in July, the centre unexpectedly received a call, about another tiny cub in need of a rescue. It is unusual for Utyos to receive such small cubs in the summer. Molly was kept back by a poacher after he most likely killed her mother in the spring.
They never confess to this, but rather claim that they found a cub wandering by itself in the forest. During the months when the poacher kept Molly as his pet, she was caged and only fed dry oats. In the wild, bear cubs grow up suckling on their mothers’ milk and learn how to forage for fruit and nuts in the forest.
No wonder, that during the inspection Yana discovered, that Molly had lost most of her milk teeth because of malnutrition. Yana designed the most nutritious diet for Molly she could: porridge with fish, fish oil, meat and lots of fruits and vegetables. We needed our Princess Molly to gain as much weight as possible quickly, so that she could survive the winter in the den with her adoptive big brothers. Although she is the smallest of the four cubs, she is ruling the roost and bosses the boys around the enclosure!