A hairless 'creature' rescued from a California dumpster had the locals flummoxed until an animal rescue group determined it was just a mangy bear cub.
According to the old nursery rhyme, Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear who had no hair – which doesn't make a whole lot of sense once you think about it. Then there's this real-life bear cub rescued from a dumpster near Homewood, California. It also had no hair and as such, wasn't fuzzy... or was he?
He (actually She) was... that is, she was as fuzzy as the average bear before a bad case of mange caused the loss of her comfy natural fur coat. The kind folks who rescued the odd-looking critter from a dumpster didn't know that, mind you, so give them credit for conquering their fear of the unknown and taking the creepy cryptid to the Homewood, CA-based Bear League animal rescue group.
It was definitely the right move. "We've seen this condition before,” stated the Bear League in a Facebook post. “It seems to result from the cub's mother being killed early in the season and then the very small young one tries desperately to make it on their own but goes hungry most of the time. Their immune system is therefore terribly compromised and they succumb to mange and stunted growth." Luckily for this young cub, her rescue came before it was too late.
Staffers at the Bear League contacted the California Department of Fish and Wildlife about the cub's situation. CDFW volunteers came to pick up the cub, which was then brought to The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in San Diego County. Caregivers at the center report the cub has been putting on weight and is well on the road to good health. Time will tell, however, if the estimated-1-year-old cub will grow her fur back. If so, the next step is release back to the wild, presumably far from any tempting dumpsters.