Two adorable bear cubs are at the center of a controversy after a firefighter tried to rescue them.
B.C. conservation officer Bryce Casavant has been suspended without pay for refusing to kill two black bear cubs near Port Hardy after their mother was killed for repeatedly raiding a freezer full of meat and salmon.
Despite an order to kill the cubs too, Casavant took them to a veterinary hospital. They are now at a recovery centre run by the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association in Errington, which like Port Hardy is on Vancouver Island.
Jordan and Athena (the bear cubs) are now safe and under evaluation at the recovery center.
But meanwhile, Casavant is suspended from the fire department and under investigation for disobeying orders.
Deciding whether to euthanize an animal, especially a very young one, can be agonizing.
Sometimes euthanizing can be the most humane course of action, especially if an animal is unable to hack it in the wild or if they can’t live stress-free alongside humans.
But that’s where it gets complicated: Unless you try to rehabilitate the animal, it’s really, really difficult to know how they’ll behave. Often times, animals that seem like hopeless cases can go on to live long, fulfilling lives.
In this case, and thanks to Casavant’s quick thinking, these two bear cubs will have a chance to prove they can survive on their own.
As of July 9, 2015, a petition to get Casavant his job back has already been signed over 85,000 times.
It has even gotten some celebrity attention:
And possibly because of the ruckus though Casavant remains under investigation his pay has been reinstated. That’s good news.
Meanwhile, no one knows what else is in store for Jordan and Athena.
Right now they’re busy winning the hearts of Canada in videos like the one below.
And this much is clear: Because of Casavant, these adorable bear cubs will have a chance to grow up and prove themselves.
And a man shouldn’t lose his job over trying to do the right thing.