Affection for black bear turns out to be hazardous

January 24, 2015 9:56 AM

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Wildlife Haven Rehab Inc is a Florida based nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of wildlife in the state. The sanctuary has among its inhabitants a black bear named Abner. On Friday Virginia Riggs visited the sanctuary with the aim of adopting two birds. She was being taken around the place by Mary Arche who is a co owner of Wildlife Haven Rehab.

Virginia took fancy to Abner who is a black bear in his enclosure in the sanctuary and stuck her arm into his enclosure in order to pet him. Abner did not like this gesture and took it as a threat. He attacked Virginia and John Arche who is the co owner of the sanctuary had to rush into the enclosur...

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