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Tiny bear cubs Romeo and Juliet saved from tragedy

These tiny black bears were rescued by some loggers in Revelstoke recently. They are now living at Langley
These tiny black bears were rescued by some loggers in Revelstoke recently. They are now living at Langley's Critter Care rehabilitation centre. Critter Care's annual dinner fundraiser is April 26 at the Senoirs' Centre.
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Their names are Romeo and Juliet, but these two adorable B.C. bear cubs won’t share the same tragic story line of their namesake.

The seven-week-old babies were rescued in Revelstoke by some loggers who kept watch on the babies for a few days, noticing that their mom had not returned to them.

Fearing they would starve to death, they were put in contact with Langley’s Critter Care Society, a facility that is trained and able to take in injured and orphaned black bear cubs.

“We met them (the loggers) half way and took these adorable guys in,” said Critter Care’s Maureen Binnie.

The pair have taken to their new home at the rehabilitation centre at Campbell Valley Park and are “growing like weeds,” she said.

“They are doing super.”

The goal will be to let them grow into a healthy weight and age when they will be ready to be released back to the wild in a remote, chosen location.

Critter Care has successfully rehabilitated more than 50 bear cubs back into the wild since it took on the provincially approved program.

The agency rehabilitates more than 1,200 wildlife animals each year and relies on donations to feed all the orphaned babies and deal with all of their medical issues.

To that end, the long-established charity is holding its annual dinner and auction on Saturday, April 26 at the Langley Seniors’ Centre (20605 51B Ave.)

The night includes dinner, no host bar, live/silent auction, door prizes and more. Tickets are $55 and can be bought by calling Critter Care at 604-530-2054.

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