Florida firefighters rescue bear cub dubbed “Smokey Junior” from bush fire

As a wildfire was raging in Central Florida, one teeny tiny bear cub was alone in the middle of it.

That’s when Lake County Fire Rescue stepped in to save the wayward bear.

“A baby bear was saved after suffering slight burns to its paws and face during a 250+ acre wildfire in Lake County,” firefighters posted on Twitter yesterday.

Smokey Junior with Bat. Chief Tony Cuellar/Lake County Fire Rescue

“Residents brought it out from the woods to the safety of LCFR firefighters,” fire crews posted on Facebook. The bear, nicknamed fittingly Smokey Junior, or SJ for short, weighs between 15 and 20 pounds. Its mother – nowhere around.

Smokey Junior with Bat. Chief Randy Jones/Lake County Fire Rescue

Firefighters kept the blaze, which is the Royal Trails section of Lake County, contained overnight. Florida Fish and Wildlife officers have been called in to check on the cub and hopefully release it back to the wild.

h/t Yahoo Photos Lake County Fire Rescue

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