A new Smokey Bear?
Posted at: 08/30/2012 1:07 PM
By: The Associated Press
Courtesy: Idaho Statesman
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Veterinary hospitals across southwestern Idaho are volunteering to care for a burned black bear cub rescued from a wildfire in eastern Idaho.
The bear, nicknamed "Boo Boo," needs daily care for second-degree burns on all four paws.
State wildlife officials told the Idaho Statesman they hope to select a facility soon.
Boo Boo was discovered Sunday night clinging to a tree in a region scorched by a massive wildfire near Salmon.
Officials say efforts to find the mother were unsuccessful and the cub likely hadn't eaten for at least four days.
Boo Boo's story is not unlike the tale of Smokey Bear, a cub that became a national symbol for fire prevention after he was found in a burned tree taking refuge from a New Mexico blaze in 1950.
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