In March 2017, Corey Hancock went hiking in the Elkhorn Mountains near the Santiam River Trail in Oregon. He was planning on taking some photos of the surrounding landscape, but what he encountered was not what he expected to see.
Hancock unexpectedly came across a baby black bear who appeared to be sick and hardly breathing. “It was laying on its back, barely moving. It twisted a couple of times. Its paws weren’t moving. It wasn’t breathing. It was dying,” Hancock told Oregon Live.
In this Facebook post, Hancock stated, “He seemed, by all appearances, to be dead. His lips were blue. His eyes were open but unmoving and hazy. The rain was pouring down, drenching his belly. I might have seen a shallow breath.”
After determining that there wasn’t a mother bear hovering nearby, Hancock realized that he was this little bear’s only hope. He wrapped the bear up in his flannel and ran a mile and a half back to his car. While rushing to a nearby veterinarian’s office, Hancock had to pull over twice to resuscitate the bear when he stopped breathing.