The Tale of Smokey Junior

A scared little bear cub was rescued from a Florida brush fire last week. According to CNN, firefighters found him during the “mop-up” phase after putting out the fire. Nicknamed “Smokey Junior” by the crew, the cub was slightly singed in places but not badly hurt. The Fish and Game Department took SJ in for treatment, and will try to reunite him with his mom.


Un-bear-ably cute, Karen P. (Photo: Lake County Fire Rescue)

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10 thoughts on “The Tale of Smokey Junior

  1. fkaWaldenPond April 14, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    That is one heck of scared yet cute bear. Holy smokes the cute factor is intense.

    • Chase April 15, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      Holy “smokes”? Heh heh heh.

  2. allein April 14, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    I saw him on the news last week! I hope they find his mom!

  3. dubravkamcvmd April 14, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    That face! Poor little thing. He seems so subdued. I hope he can be reunited with his Mom.

  4. Gigi_the cat lady April 14, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Oh those poor little earsies, I would so like to kiss them and make them better.
    Hope they find mom and she takes him back, the poor little guy looks so scared.

  5. Ms Can Opener April 14, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    Oh I so want to give him a (little) bear hug, but I guess there ought to be some reward to being a firefighter.

  6. Julie April 14, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    OMG….the hovertext…because SJ is most definitely throwing out some side-eye shade.

  7. Kar April 14, 2016 / 4:58 pm

    Something tells me that Mom wasn’t so lucky. At least Smokey will be safe at an appropriate rehab center until he’s ready to be out on his own.

    Those guys are heros for one more reason

  8. murkle46 April 14, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    I wish they wouldnt have held the poor cub that way for that long.He looks dazed and frazzled.His mind must have been shortcircuiting from what had happened and the activity he was suddenly thrust into without mama there too.

  9. Smartypants April 15, 2016 / 7:28 am

    Precious babykins! Thank you, firefighters.

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