The hiker who risked a year in jail to save a baby black bear he encountered on a trail has opened up about his deed, saying he would do it again.
Photographer Corey Hancock was hiking a scenic trail in Oregon when he came across a frail 3-month-old baby bear Monday night.
“I didn’t have a choice, I wouldn’t have left it out there,” he told Inside Edition. “He seemed to be abandoned and dying. He was hardly moving at first when I walked up on him. I thought was dead.”
The cub, weighing just five pounds, looked certain to die. Hancock decided to rescue him and carried him for more than two miles.
“I was carrying this little lifeless creature in my arms kind of wondering if he was going to make it,” he said. “I tried to give it CPR. I gave it a few rescue puffs and pushed on his chest. He took one breath. He was fighting to survive.”
Hancock drove the bear to a wildlife center near Salem, Ore., where he is recovering well but can never be returned to the wild. Animal experts believe the hiker was out of line.
And we have our hero of the week. I’m one of those people that values an animals life more than a human. In the movie Marley & Me, I would have preferred Owen Wilson’s character or one of his kids dying instead. (Can’t say the same about Jennifer Aniston. She lives) It’s just how I feel.
Truly incredible and I’m thrilled the man wasn’t fined $6,000 for interfering with wildlife… Finally some people use some common sense. Though I can’t say I would do the same thing. Mama bears are a real bitch to encounter and I would be terrified of her approaching.
Even his phrase “carrying this little lifeless creature in my arms” really pulls at my heartstrings. Let’s all hope this little Bear lives a long and health life.
*Years later I bet it attacks and kills a group of hikers* – That’s how nature works.