A man named Corey Hancock was on a hike in Oregon taking some photos of the scenery, when he came across a bear cub on its back, barely moving, looking like it was taking its last breath.
“I had that moment of panic… thinking where’s mama?” Hancock recalled. He hung around for ten minutes for his own safety to make sure the mama bear wasn’t lurking in the bushes. That was when he made his next move, “I took my flannel off, wrapped him up like a little baby and made a run for it to get out of the forest… I couldn’t sit there and watch him die”.
“When I got to the car I tried to give him CPR and just when i’d figured he was gone, he would take one little breath”, Hancock continued to perform CPR until he reached an area with cell service. With the help of some friends on Facebook, he was able to contact Turtle Ridge Wildlife Centre and Mary came to the rescue even though it was after-hours.
Within a couple of days baby Elkhorn was already on the road to recovery and sent up to the PAWS organization in Lynnwood Washington, where they are working to reintroduce him to the wild next spring! Here is Corey’s most recent post about the cub’s well being.
Here is the full story in Corey’s words:
Thanks for sharing your story and for being a #BEARWEEK hero, Corey!