Bear cub burned by Colorado wildfire healing, gaining weight

FILE - In this June 27, 2018 file photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a female bear cub lies on a table with bandages on her burned paws in Del Norte, Colo. The cub was rescued from a wildfire north of Durango, Colo., after being spotted by firefighters. Officials said Friday, July 20, 2018, that the cub is healing and began tearing off her bandages once she started feeling better. (Joe Lewandowski/ Colorado Parks and Wildlife via AP, File)
This Thursday, July 19, 2018, photo provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife shows an orphaned bear cub that was burned by a wildfire healing at a rehabilitation center in Del Norte, Colo. Wildlife officials said Friday that the bear no longer has to wear bandages on her feet, which were severely burned by a wildfire north of Durango. The cub has more than doubled in size to 26 pounds (12 kilograms) since being spotted by firefighters and has left her cage to live in a pen with other cubs at the center. (Joe Lewandowski/Colorado Parks and Wildlife via AP)

DENVER — An orphaned bear cub burned by a Colorado wildfire is healing and gaining weight.

Wildlife officials said Friday that the bear no longer has to wear bandages on her feet, which were severely burned by flames north of Durango last month.

The cub has more than doubled in size, to 26 pounds (12 kilograms), since firefighters spotted her. And she's left her cage to live in a pen with other cubs at a rehabilitation center.

In a statement from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, veterinary technician Michael Sirochman said the bear began pulling off her bandages about two weeks after she was rescued as she began to feel better.

Officials plan to return the cubs to the wild as they hibernate this winter, allowing them to wake up there in the spring.

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