Look at this sweet face! All you wanted to do was scoop the scared little cub up in your arms and give her a "bear hug!". But, she was only handled enough to move from a carrier, to this pen, then back into a carrier to be delivered to the game warden. I hate to think of how many "photographers" would have taken this opportunity to exploit the young, sick cub and pose it for some pictures. I can't say it didn't enter my mind, but as soon as that thought was there, it was gone again. It was important to me, especially if the cub were to be released again, that she not be handled anymore than was necessary. And even though it didn't seem to traumatize her too much, she was sick and scared. And always, you need to remember that cute & cuddly or not, this is still a wild animal. My parents taught me well! I wish more folks would think in this manner.
|Lauren transferring cub to dog crate for transport|
|Lauren & RJ ... had to get one photo of everyone, on the way to the dog crate|
|RJ thinking.. "Honey, are you SURE we can't keep it??"|