Photographer saved a dying bear cub, risking going to jail for it
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Photographer Corey Hancock was walking slowly along the path when he noticed something strange. A small dark spot visible in the distance on the foliage turned out to be a tiny bear cub.
Hancock recalls: "He was lying on his back and by all outward signs was dead. His lips were blue, his eyes were open, but motionless and as if clouded. It was raining and he was all wet. But still I noticed breathing. I thought about my little son, who stayed at home. The bear cub was just like a child. I couldn't leave him there to die in the rain. I had to do something."
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Then the photographer took the bear in his arms and ran to the car. "All the time I was running, I was afraid that an angry bear would appear now." Mothers often leave their offspring for a while to find food. However, Cory, after watching for a while, realized that there was no other bear nearby.
As soon as Hancock got to the car, the bear stopped breathing. Then the photographer gave artificial respiration to the animal and brought it back to life. Then I took him to the vet, where the baby is now recovering and getting stronger every day. The bear cub was severely dehydrated and exhausted from hunger.
However, according to the laws of the Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Cory Hancock could face a fine of $ 6,000, and even worse — a year in prison, for helping a bear. In Oregon, there are many cases of "rescue" of cubs, which people take with them, thinking that they are saving abandoned cubs, while bears often go away for several hours in search of food. Thus, people interfere with wildlife. Fortunately, there was no punishment in this case.