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Baby Black Bears Nursed Back To Health

It's cuddly work, but someone has to do it.

The Kilhams are those someones. Last spring, black bear specialist Benjamin Kilham, his wife Debbie, and his sister Phoebe, who together operate a bear rehabilitation sanctuary near Lyme, New Hampshire, took on the care of twenty orphaned black bear cubs - much higher than their usual number of charges.

Thoughtcast's Jenny Attiyeh sat down with Phoebe Kilham to talk about the tough, yet adorable work of nursing baby black bears back to health, while still keeping their wild instincts intact, so they can continue to survive after their release:

(Slideshow photos by Benjamin & Phoebe Kilham; audio by Thoughtcast)