Burnt bear cub in California forest fires gets & # 039; fish-skin & # 039; experimental bandages

A one-year-old black bear cub was found alone, lies in ashes and can not walk due to burns on all its legs. She was found in an area where wildfires have been active

A puppy bear is recovering after receiving fish skin bandages on its legs, which were burned in the wildfires of California.

A contractor found the female black bear of a year alone on August 2 near Whiskeytown, California, lying in ashes and unable to walk on her burned and raw legs.

The area falls within the path of Carr's fire, which has burned tens of thousands of acres since it burned down in July.

The contractor notified California Fish and Wildlife, which reassured the bear and took it to the department's laboratory in Rancho Cordova, California, for treatment.

A one-year-old black bear cub was found alone, lies in ashes and can not walk due to burns on all its legs. She was found in an area where wildfires have been active

A one-year-old black bear cub was found alone, lies in ashes and can not walk due to burns on all its legs. She was found in an area where wildfires have been active

The veterinarian decided that the best course of action was to use an experimental bandage treatment for fish.

The veterinarian decided that the best course of action was to use an experimental bandage treatment for fish.

The veterinarian decided that the best course of action was to use an experimental bandage treatment for fish.

After cleaning the puppy's burned legs, sterilized tilapia skin was used as a "biological bandage" and the healthy areas of the legs were sewn to help reduce the healing time.

After cleaning the puppy's burned legs, sterilized tilapia skin was used as a "biological bandage" and the healthy areas of the legs were sewn to help reduce the healing time.

After cleaning the puppy's burned legs, sterilized tilapia skin was used as a "biological bandage" and the healthy areas of the legs were sewn to help reduce the healing time.

"Generally speaking, an animal that has survived a fire and walks on its own should be left alone, but that was not the case here," said Jeff Stoddard, environmental program manager for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, to ABC News.

In addition to the fact that she could not stand or walk, Stoddard said that the active and growing fires and the lack of adequate habitat to return home with the puppy contributed to the decision to move her to the laboratory.

An examination by a veterinarian on Monday revealed that the puppy had third-degree burns on all four legs.

Dr. Jamie Peyton of the University of California, Davis Medical Veterinary Hospital, decided to treat the bear with an experimental procedure involving the use of sterilized tilapia skins, a treatment that had previously worked successfully on two adult black bears and A mountain lion cub also burned during forest fires.

The bear was examined by a veterinarian on Monday, who determined he had third-degree burns

The bear was examined by a veterinarian on Monday, who determined he had third-degree burns

The bear was examined by a veterinarian on Monday, who determined he had third-degree burns

The bear also received antibiotics, laser treatments and acupuncture to help with pain

The bear also received antibiotics, laser treatments and acupuncture to help with pain

The bear also received antibiotics, laser treatments and acupuncture to help with pain

California Fish and Wildlife picked up the bear and took it to his lab for treatment

California Fish and Wildlife picked up the bear and took it to his lab for treatment

California Fish and Wildlife picked up the bear and took it to his lab for treatment

After cleaning the puppy's legs, the sterilized fish skins were sewn into the healthy tissue around the burns.

It is said that tilapia skin contains collagen that decreases healing time and also stays longer than synthetic bandages.

In addition, the skins are said to exert a direct and constant pressure on the wounds, while doing a better job to keep the bacteria out of traditional bandages, said the Department of Fish and Wildlife according to SF Gate.

The puppy also received antibiotics, laser treatments and acupuncture to control pain.

Peyton said he was worried that the puppy would ruin the skin of a fish & # 39; biological bandage & # 39; because he was licking his legs so much. But, after the procedure, the puppy seemed to have stopped licking its paws, a sign that it does not feel so much pain, since animals tend to lick painful wounds.

Taking into account their youth and general health, the authorities are optimistic that the puppy will recover completely.

Several areas in California are struggling to control and contain forest fires. It is said that firefighters are fighting 17 forest fires.

The 279-square-mile Carr Fire has already killed two firefighters, a utility worker and three members of a family. It has destroyed almost 1,100 homes.

The largest fire is said to be in Mendocino County and has since become the largest recorded forest fire in California's history, according to CNBC. It has destroyed more than 300,000 acres.

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