Bear Care: Officer Suspended for NOT Killing Bear Cubs

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PORT HARDY, B.C.--A cute bear cub thought he was fighting for his life.

With good reason.

A conservation officer in British Columbia was called out to get the cub and his sibling and euthanize them.
It's because their mother had just been killed for repeatedly breaking into a freezer full of meat and salmon.

Now who could hurt that little guy?

Not Bryce Casavant. The officer just couldn't do it. So instead he took them both to a wildlife recovery center.

Officer Casavant got suspended without pay.

Support from all over the world improved his situation.

Comedian Ricky Gervais chimed in via Twitter. Okay, most of what he said isn't safe for work, but he really wanted to see the officer reinstated.

For now, Casavant is still suspended. But at least he's getting paid.

The recovery center needs a little cash, too. It's offering bear adoptions to help take care of those little guys. And no, you don't get to take them home.

They probably won't be in captivity long. Experts say they're scared of humans, and that's a good thing, 'cause it means they can be released back into the wild.