Animals in the News

Myrtle Creek Police Chief Don Brown says a teen boy and his parents dropped off the cub in a large plastic storage bin at the police station Monday. The teen found the small animal whimpering in the bushes outside his house on the outskirts of town.

He told police the bear’s mother was nowhere in sight.

Still, Brown said it was dangerous for the teen to pick up the cub, because the mother bear could have spotted him and attacked. Adult female black bears can weigh up to 300 pounds.

The 12-pound cub was “very well behaved” while spending the night at the station, Brown said.

Police and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials looked for the cub’s mother the next day using a device that mimics a cub distress call, but couldn’t find her.

The orphaned cub is now at the University of Oregon receiving a veterinary checkup. Fish and Wildlife officials said the cub is a female and is in generally good health, other than being underweight.

They said the cub will be placed at a zoo, but they didn’t yet know which one.

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NEW YORK (AP) — California Chrome was unfazed by a chance encounter with an opossum that crossed the track at Belmont Park as the Triple Crown hopeful was ending his gallop.

 

The chestnut colt didn’t flinch when he passed the cat-sized opossum as he completed his 1 3/4-mile run Friday.

Assistant trainer Alan Sherman says coyotes have appeared at California Chrome’s home track in Los Alamitos, California, so the opossum wasn’t a big deal.

Sherman says California Chrome will visit the Belmont paddock and starting gate once or twice next week as part of his preparations for the Belmont Stakes on June 7.

The colt is trying to become the first horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 36 years.


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