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Firefighters rescue bear cub from wildfire, name it ‘Smokey Junior’

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LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – Meet the adorable “Smokey Junior,” an orphaned cub that was found by a group of firefighters on Thursday while fighting a brush fire in Central Florida.

The cub was found wandering alone when he was rescued. The fire spread more than 250 acres.

Firefighters nicknamed the cub “Smokey Junior,” or “SJ,” in spirit of the iconic firefighting bear “Smokey.”

Official said they have not located the cub’s mother. The 15-20 lb. cub also suffered slight burns to its paws and face during the fire.

The baby bear’s health will be evaluated by Florida Fish and Wildlife officers, who will hopefully be able to release the baby bear back into the wild.