Kicker – Animals helping animals


NICK EICHER, HOST: Mary, you’re a proud dog owner: has Moxie ever fetched and brought something unexpected to you?

MARY REICHARD, HOST: Well, we had another dog who once brought a goose egg and didn’t break it!

EICHER: We pretty regularly receive a box turtle from our dobie—unharmed.

But here’s something really unexpected.

Dog owners in Bristol, Virginia, were surprised when their pooch brought them an orphaned bear cub, about two-to-three weeks old!

And the dog actually saved this little guy’s life. He was dehydrated and mama bear was nowhere to be found. The pet owners took the cub to the Virginia Wildlife Center for treatment, and eventual resettlement.

Wildlife biologist Bill Bassinger says the protocol is to place orphaned cubs outside the dens of mama bears … because it’s typical that they’ll accept the little ones and care for them as their own.

It’s The World and Everything in It.


(Photo/Wildlife Center of Virginia)

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