In early July, I read the heart-warming story of Noli Bear who had been rescued by raft guide Danny Allen from the Nolichucky River, in Tennessee.
After her rescue, Noli was taken to the Appalachian Bear Rescue where she will recover, and then be returned to the wild.
The five-month-old, 14lb, American black bear was seen struggling on the bank of Nolichucky River near Erwin, Tennessee, for four days. It appeared she had been abandoned by her mom and had become malnourished. After becoming more comfortable with human contact, she jumped into the raft of river guide Danny Allen of High Mountain Expeditions.
Since Noli‘s rescue, I’ve been following her progress, and people from Finland to New Zealand have left comments on Appalachian Bear Rescues sites as they check in to get the latest update on the internationally famous “Cub on a Raft.”
Noli Bear was released back into the wild on November 9, 2015.
Noli weighed 14.5 pounds at the time of her rescue on July 9, 2015. Noli was weighed again the day of her release and she weighed 78 pounds!
Live a long and happy life, Noli!