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Sleepy orphaned bear cubs towed by sledge to new winter dens
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) agency released sped-up footage showing its officers relocating eight orphaned bear cubs into artificial dens on Pikes Peak, Colorado on Tuesday (January 15).
The cubs had spent the previous months in a wildlife rehabilitation centre after losing their mothers to car or train accidents, the actions of poachers or euthanization because the adult bears entered a home in search of food.
"Each cub was tranquillized, weighed (they ranged from 110 to 140 pounds each) and placed in a trap for transportation to the den sites on Pikes Peak," the CPW wrote in its news release.
They were then carefully placed in the dens, which were constructed from logs, branches and a mix of straw, hay and alfalfa, before being thickly covered with snow.
The agency hopes the bears will remain in their warm new dens until spring, after which they return to life in the forest.