We live such busy lives. Our days are filled with appointments, lunches, meetings, family, friends, and children vying for our time; we don’t have many moments to ourselves to catch our breath. And then, when we do get these reflective minutes, sometimes we have to stop and take another look around because we aren’t sure what we’ve just seen.
Contractor John Gilroy was driving along Route 209 in the Marshalls Creek area of Pennsylvania when he noticed three state troopers standing on the roadside with what appeared to be a dog. As he got closer, though, John realized the leashed animal wasn’t a puppy at all – it was a bear cub! He pulled over and asked the troopers what had happened.
“The police officer, when we talked, it seemed like he got separated from the mother bear somehow, maybe through traffic,” John said. “He was walking along, staggering a lot like he was dehydrated.”
The tiny cub, which was later determined to be no more than six or seven months old, weighed only sixteen to seventeen pounds. The state troopers put a leash on him and attempted to walk the cub over to a grassy area, but as they got there the poor creature collapsed.
That’s when John sprang into action: “I had some waters in my truck, took the waters back. I squeezed some water onto some wet towels, put some wet towels on his head.”