Trio of bear cubs saved after their mother hit by car in Arizona

It’s always sad when wildlife is struck by a car.

It’s even more tragic when orphaned babies are left behind

But this week in Arizona, a trio of cubs has been saved from an uncertain fate after their mother was killed while crossing a roadway.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department said the “rare auto-on-bear accident” happened about 90 minutes north of Tucson on SR-77 early Monday morning.

The mother bear was killed in the crash.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the three other cubs were found alive nearby.

First responders scooped them up.

A trooper even placed them in the back of a patrol car.

Orphaned bear cubs are placed in the back of a police car in Arizona. Department of Public Safety/Twitter

The cubs weren’t hurt and appeared to be in good health.

One first responder was scratched, but treated and will be fine, the Game and Fish Department added.

The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center is now looking after the cubs.

They are estimated to be around 3-months-old.

“We’re so glad we were able to get the cubs safely to where they’ll have top-notch care, the department tweeted. “Sad for them to lose their mom, but lucky that you guys were able to keep them safe!”

That’s where they are tentatively exploring their new surroundings.

So far, so good.

The centre says all three cubs ate on their own from dishes and were released into a small holding pen.

“They won’t need to be handled daily to be fed,” the facility explained. “That’s an important milestone in their journey toward possible release.” 

Photos Department Public Safety Arizona/Twitter

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