Rescuing an orphaned bear cub

On June 10 we have rescued an orphaned bear cub from the village of Ibănești (Gurghiu Valley, Mureș County), with the help of Vets4Wild, the local voluntary firemen service, the Romanian Gendarmerie and the National Environmental Guard – Mureș County Commissariat. As the 4-5 months-old female bear was seen wondering alone for approximately 2 weeks, being often observed in the village, it became necessary to capture her. Eventually the cub was captured from a tree in a yard and transported to Tîrgu Mureș.

The next day (June 11) she was handed over to a specialized rehabilitation center near Bălan, Harghita County (Bear Again Rehabilitation Center for Orphan Bears). The cub will spend approximately 2 years in the rehabilitation center (forested area surrounded by electric fences), in the company of other orphaned cubs and without coming into contact with people (for example, the feeding of the cubs is carried out with a drone). At the end of the rehabilitation process she will be released into the wild. This was the second bear cub rescued this year, and the 30th in total to enter the joint temporary custody of the Milvus Group and Vets4Wild.

Do they really need saving?

From May to August, people tend to save nestlings or juvenile birds that appear to be abandoned.

CAREFUL! Some of them are semi-nidifugous, that means they leave the nest before learning to fly, but their parents still come to feed them.

Saving offspring of songbirds (generally nestlings of unthreatened species) is rather a sentimental gesture, than a real action with conservation value, the reason is simple: under natural conditions, death caused by predation, illnesses and accidents are common. There is a natural balance in the world of small and medium songbirds, they lay eggs two – three times a year, pairs reaching up to 30 chicks in one year, but the nestlings are having a great mortality.

The population is stable without each nestling surviving.

Usually the nestling which already have feathers are not orphan, nor abandoned! In the survival learning process, they are often left alone! During this period, parents keep in touch with their chicks hidden in the dense vegetation and keep on feeding them!

Semi-nidifugous species (blackbirds) jump from their nest at the parents alarm calls, thus concluding a stage in their lives. They should be relocated to the nest only in certain situations: if they fall out due to strong winds or the bird’s body is not yet fully covered with feather!

At a certain extent, hole nesting species are also leaving their nests earlier, such species include: tits, sparrows, starlings and long-eared owls.




Naked chicks covered only with white down (often with eyes closed), those who cannot walk or stand, the injured ones or those who hold their wings and legs abnormally.

Large birds’ chicks (storks, birds of prey) that do not have their body covered with feathers.

Sometimes birds can build their nests in extremely strange sites, we could intervene if we consider that due to the location the nestlings are under threat!

Out of sympathy and pity, many people considered necessary to save baby dears, rabbits or other wildlife offspring found in the fields, forests and clearings. But beware; these calves seem lonely and helpless, though the truth is otherwise. Their parents left them in safe places, only for a short time! Parents will return to their offspring!

For this reason there is no need for human intervention. Please do not touch, move or disturb these youngsters! They are more secure if you do not bother them!

Whatever the situation, call us on 0722 533816!