Boo Boo the bear recovering nicely from forest fire burns

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Boo Boo is getting better.

On Thursday, the Idaho Fish and Game said the injured black bear cub rescued from the Mustang Fire near Salmon is expected to make a full recovery.

"He's healing nicely," said Dr. Jeff Rosenthal, director of the Idaho Humane Society. "His pads and toes are no longer bleeding and new skin is already forming on the burned portions."

Boo Boo's
injuries were severe enough that officials weren't even sure he could survive.

He's young so he has great healing potential," Rosenthal said. "If his recovery continues at this pace, he could be ready to leave the Humane Society's care in as little as two weeks." | Photos of Boo Boo

The bear weighed just 23 pounds when first examined last week, but appears to be making up for it.

"(He is) eating like a little pig, very feisty, and not very social," Rosenthal said. "He charges the cage front whenever anyone gets near, trying to scare us off."

Boo Boo hit the national celebrity circuit when word spread of his story about two weeks ago. Because of the publicity, the Humane Society has received more than $1,000 in donations.

Officials are now seeking fruit donations - especially berries.

"The donations are very much appreciated, but what we really need now are berries of any kind, be they strawberries, blackberries, blueberries or whatever," Rosenthal said. "But no more apples, please. We have enough donated apples to bake him an apple pie every day this month."