Firefighters save bear cub from brush fire

LAKE COUNTY, FL (WCMH) – Firefighters in Florida rescued a baby bear from a brush fire Thursday.

The bear was rescued during a fire that stretched more than 250 acres in Lake County, Florida.

Firefighters told WKMG-TV the bear was seen was seen walking out of the woods after the fire swept through.

“He come walking out of the woods whining, just down here at the end of the road,” said Ray Lovett, forest area supervisor.

The cub’s mother was nowhere in sight when he was spotted.

“His hair has been singed. He’s got some minor burns, looks like, on the bottom of his feet, maybe his lips, but he’s certainly survivable if cared for,” Lovett said.

Firefighters nicknamed the bear ‘Smokey Junior’ and turned him over to wildlife officials.

The fire also caused the evacuation of several homes, but those residents have been allowed to return.

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