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Hiker Rescues Baby Bear From Brink of Death

Hiker Rescues Baby Bear From Brink of Death
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I'm generally an insensitive monster, which is kind of why I play up my niceness and try to improve situations instead of being a heartless scumbag.

That's changed a little bit since the birth of my son. I'm more open to the plight of children. If I see a baby crying in public, I want to make sure they're OK, and I'm constantly fearing for children's safety when I see them walking without supervision in public. 

This same newfound sensitivity has extended to animals, as well. If I see a little puppy that's hungry or wants some love, I get more anxious than ever in wanting to take care of them and secretly hoping they think I'm cool.

Which is why this story about a baby bear who was dying on the side of the road really gets to me.

I mean, sure, it'd get to anyone with a heart, it's an adorable baby bear who can hardly breathe getting rained on. A sad sight photographer Corey Hancock came across while hiking in the woods in Oregon. 

He penned a touching post about his experience rescuing the baby black bear.

"[He was] laying there on his back, seeming by all appearances to be dead. His lips were blue. His eyes were open, but unmoving and hazy. The rain was pouring down, drenching his belly. I might have seen a shallow breath. I thought about my own baby boy back home. The bear looked so much like an infant. Was I just going to stand there and watch it die in the rain? No… I needed to do something."

Hancock grabbed the bear and ran to his car, worrying the entire time "a raging mother bear would come for" him.

Once inside his car, the baby bear had stopped breathing and Hancock thought fast, performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the little guy. He started breathing again. Hancock took the little guy to the vet where he's being treated for severe dehydration and starvation.

Hancock's act of kindness didn't just pose the risk of a mama bear attack, but also a hefty fine.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife could've slapped him with $6,000 in fines and even send him to jail for a year. Thankfully, they saw the good in Hancock's rescue and won't be punshing him for saving the little animal's life.

The baby bear is currently in veterinary care and is getting stronger by the day, thanks to Hancock's quick-thinking.

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