10-week-old bear abandoned on Lake Tahoe doorstep

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (CNN) — A cute baby bear is found abandoned on a doorstep in Lake Tahoe.

As for where it came from, the details are a little fuzzy.

Imagine finding a 10-week-old black bear cub on your doorstep.

“You look out on front doorstep, and there’s a baby in a basket,” said Ann Bryant, Bear League executive director. “Well, there’s a baby in a dog kennel.”

Someone dropped her off last week at the home of the head of the Bear League, who then took her to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

The cub is so young that she has trouble walking.

“She doesn’t have teeth yet,” said Cheryl Millham, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Inc., executive director. “She can’t eat. She would be dead.”

Cheryl and Tom Millham feed her special bear formula every four hours or so.

The experts theorize this baby bear lost her mother in a car accident or perhaps to poachers. But whatever traumatic event happened, it hasn’t stopped her from “chortling.”

“It’s just like a motor running,” said Bryant, explaining the odd sound the bear cub makes. “It’s a contented sound.”

Her caretakers don’t want the bear to bond with them, so they try not to talk to her or hold her any more than they have to.

“We don’t cuddle her,” said Millham.

That’s because in a year or less, they hope to release her back into the wild.

In the meantime, they’re trying to figure out how she got there. The only clue so far: an email.

“It said, ‘I think I know where the cub came from,’” said Bryant.

They want to find out where the bear is from because that’s where they’ll eventually have to release her.

California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife requires release within 75 miles from the point of capture. That gives the bear a better chance of survival.

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