But their treatment was thrown for a loop when an ultrasound showed that one of the bears was pregnant.
With the stress the mother was under, it was highly likely she would reject the cub. So, trying to get the mother back into the wild became a priority. The CDFW built her a den for her release back into the wild, since she wouldn't have time to make her own.
And although they don't know exactly when the cub will be born, they're hopeful that all their efforts will work out for the best. "We're really hopeful that these novel treatments accelerated the healing for these bears and provided them the best odds of survival," Dr. Clifford said.