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Chesterfield bear gets second chance

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

A Black bear hit by a car in Chesterfield got a second chance Thursday afternoon, all thanks to two police officers unwilling to shoot him the night he was hit by a car.

It happened on Genito Road and Rt. 288. The officers responded and found the bear in the median.

"We started making calls to who needed to come out and we were told to put the bear down because nobody could come out," said Cpl. Rodney Pretko.  

But that didn't sit well with the two officers.

"It was tough to see a baby bear going through that," said Patrol Officer Gregory Cooper.

So, they started making calls and found someone with a different answer- someone from the zoo willing to take the bear to the Wildlife Center.

There, a veterinarian's team did emergency surgery and nursed him to health.  

 "It was an involved surgery because the muscles had tightened down very firmly over the fractured site," said Dr. Rich Sim, a Wildlife Center Veterinarian.

But without the help, the bear could have been in trouble.

"He would have had a lot of difficulty moving around so some veterinary care gave him the best chance to this - he could have lost that log or died from infection," said Sims.

Two months of recovery later, the bear is back to doing what bears do.  All because two officers said no, and found a different way.

"It's nice to make a difference when we can," said Cooper.

You can check out the bear's complete story here: http://wildlifecenter.org/critter-corner/current-patients

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