December 6, 2023

 A pandemic gardening problem has paid dividends for a pair of orphaned bear cubs.

A 467-pound pumpkin was donated and delivered by an Escondido couple to a pair of orphaned bear cubs on the San Diego Humane Society’s Ramona Wildlife Heart, officers stated Tuesday.

Kristen and Jason Bush got down to develop a monster pumpkin throughout the pandemic and succeeded this 12 months. As soon as the pumpkin stopped rising in September, they needed it to discover a better goal.

“The couple delivered it to our Ramona Wildlife Heart on Sunday, Nov. 5, and our great Venture Wildlife crew moved the supersized pumpkin into to the bear enclosure the subsequent day,” stated the middle in a launch.

Because the pumpkin was delivered, the cubs have been sitting on it, taking part in with it, and consuming it.

Wildlife middle officers stated the pumpkin has offered fall-themed enrichment for the 2 bear cubs, who’ve been in care on the facility since July after they had been discovered subsequent to their deceased mom within the San Bernardino Mountains.

At 5 months previous, the cubs had been too younger to outlive on their very own, as black bear cubs sometimes want to stick with their mom for as much as 17 months.

The undertaking wildlife crew stated they hope to return the bears to the wild early subsequent 12 months.

The Venture Wildlife crew is asking for assist and donations of nuts, acorns, seeds and seasonal produce (for instance, apples, persimmons, pomegranates, and figs) to feed wildlife sufferers, similar to coyotes, bobcats and different wild species, together with the bear cubs.

Gadgets will be donated on the Bahde Wildlife Heart or the Ramona Wildlife Heart between 10 AM and 5 PM day by day.