CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bear cub that was rescued from the side of a West Virginia highway will soon be headed to a "foster den," state wildlife officials said.
The cub became a bit of a celebrity in the Sutton area on Monday as state troopers took him to visit schoolchildren and teachers.
Trooper P.A. Huff was in the parking lot of the State Police detachment in Sutton on Monday when a woman pulled her minivan into the lot.
He didn't know what to expect when she got out with a bundle wrapped in a blanket. At first, he thought it was a baby and braced for the worst.
After speaking to her for a few moments, he got a look at the bundle and found it was indeed a baby — a baby bear, that is.
"He's a cute little guy," Huff said.
Huff said the woman told him she'd found the cub on W.Va. 15 near the Braxton-Webster county line and that the mother was no where to be found. She waited in her vehicle, watching for the mother to reappear. But when the mother never showed up, she put the cub in her van and drove to the detachment.
The male cub was about the size of a house cat and had a very calm demeanor, troopers said.
"At that time, we took the opportunity to show the baby to the community," Huff said.
The troopers thought schoolchildren and teachers would enjoy seeing the bear but Braxton County Schools were closed Monday while teachers were meeting at the county board office. Huff said troopers often spend time in the schools with children and thought they would enjoy seeing the little cub.
Because the schools were closed, they took the cub to Robbins Nest Day Care. Huff said the children enjoyed seeing the cub and were careful with the young animal. Their next stop was the Braxton Board of Education office where teachers were meeting.