Rafting Guide Was Able To Rescue This Stranded 5-Month-Old Bear Cub

by Madeline Concannon

The cutest rescue of all time occurred when a group of rafting guides in Tennessee found a baby black bear abandoned on the side of a river.

According to BuzzFeed, for several days in a row, the USA Raft Company saw the bear on the banks of Nolichucky River in the Appalachian Mountains.

Matt Moses, the owner of the USA Raft Company, told the Knoxville News Sentinel,

We had seen this bear over the last four days, and there was no sight of a mama bear. She was obviously malnourished and appeared to be in distress. My guides kept coming back to me and saying they had no idea what to do. We didn't want to see this bear die on the side of the river.

In an attempt to save the animal, guide Danny Allen approached the bear and was able to get her in the raft.

Later, the female bear was taken to the Appalachian Bear Rescue group, where she was named Noli Bear and treated for severe dehydration and malnourishment.

At 5 months old, she weighed around 14 pounds.

After receiving treatment, Noli Bear was fed grapes, yogurt and puppy chow, and she's currently recuperating in The Cub House until she weighs enough to be returned to the wild.

The rescue group hopes her story will bring awareness to its conservation efforts and fight misconceptions about “these wonderful animals.”

Who knew a bear cub in a raft would be this cute?

Baby bear rescued from Nolichucky River on a raft — knoxnews (@knoxnews) July 11, 2015

Look how snuggly she is!

ABR Newsflash! July 9, 2015-Orphaned Cub #207 Arrives!Orphaned cub #207, a female, just arrived at Appalachian Bear... Posted by Appalachian Bear Rescue on Thursday, July 9, 2015

Here's Noli Bear right before she was examined by professionals.

Dr. Ryan Sadler and Dr. Anri Benco of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine get ready to examine Noli Bear. Posted by Appalachian Bear Rescue on Friday, July 10, 2015

As you'd expect, being rescued is very tiring.

A nap for Noli. Posted by Appalachian Bear Rescue on Saturday, July 11, 2015

Luckily, she's developed a very healthy appetite!

Noli has a very good appetite! Posted by Appalachian Bear Rescue on Saturday, July 11, 2015

And she's loving her enclosure.

Noli Bear in The Cub House. Posted by Appalachian Bear Rescue on Sunday, July 12, 2015

Citations: A Rafting Guide Saved A Baby Bear That Was Stranded By A River (BuzzFeed )