If the cub had reached the forest and climbed a tree, the team would have to go on following him until late night. Catching up with the bear, Sergey jumped and grabbed the cub by its skin. He used the proven professional technique, putting his right hand between the ears of the animal and his left hand on its low back. Then, he just lifted the bear into the air; in this position, a bear cub would spread its legs helplessly and calm down, unable to do any harm to the catcher. The bear cub was brought to Bubonitsy village were the Orphan Bear Rescue Center is situated and placed in the quarantine cage set in the forest far from human settlements. The weight of the poor creature was critical; the cub weighed only 12 kg. Without timely help he would shortly die from frostbite and exhaustion.
There are only three possible reasons why a bear cub of this age could be straying in the forest, out of its maternal den at such an unsuitable time. First, its mother could have been killed by poachers, while the cub was lucky to escape. Second, a human could approach the den, which would scare the female bear making her ran away and abandon her offspring. In such cases, if two or three cubs in their second year of life winter with their mother, they usually stay in the den and survive through the winter. But for a single cub, the loneliness could be unbearable because bears are highly social animals, so the young could come out of the den to look for its mother. And, finally, the rarest case: a large male bear could attack the mother and baby bears. To our knowledge, there has been only one case of such attack, where a wounded female bear saved her life by climbing up the nearest tree, and her cubs were eaten by the male. The juvenile bear could have run away and left alone, doomed to die. Probably, its den was located several dozen kilometers away from the place where it was rescued by our team.