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Bear cub badly burned in Carr Fire being treated with fish skin




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A wounded bear cub is receiving treatment at the forefront after being found lying in an ash abandoned by the deadly Carr Fire.

A PG & E entrepreneur the injured puppy near Whiskeytown, west of Redding in Shasta County, with active fireworks burning nearby. His paws were burned so badly that he could not walk.

"In general, an animal that survived a fire and walks alone should be left in peace, but it was not the case here," said Jeff Stoddard, the environmental program manager for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

A team of wildlife agents responded to the position of the bear and calmed the puppy. The animal was then driven for three and a half hours to the department's wildlife research laboratory in Rancho Cordova near Sacramento.


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There, the puppy was treated with an experimental procedure that provides for the use of tilapia skins as bandages.

"Tilapia skins provide direct and constant pressure to wounds, keep bacteria out and stay longer and longer than any type of synthetic normal bandage," explains the Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Watch the video above for more information on the treatment and recovery of the bear.

The burned puppy is the third bear to receive this type of treatment.

"This little bear is younger and spunkier than the two bears treated in January, which is a kind of mixed blessing," said Deana Clifford, the veterinarian who monitors the puppy's treatment.

"She is very healthy in addition to her burnt paws, but she is also very active, and we may find out that she is more curious and removes the bandages much faster than our previous patients."

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A young mountain lion burned in the Thomas Fire in Southern California received similar treatment in January, and has since done full recovery [19659074] Fish skins have also been used to treat people with severe burns in Brazil.

The Carr Fire near Redding burned more than 1,000 houses, 177,000 acres and claimed the lives of eight people. For the latest news on devastating fires across California, visit the SFGATE fires page.

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