When you go whitewater rafting, you don’t really expect to experience anything out of the ordinary. Sure, you’ll see some choppy water and a few other rafts pass by, but these aquatic activities are pretty predictable from start to finish. But on a leisurely trek down the Nolichucky River in Tennessee, these rafters spotted something shocking on the shore… an American black bear cub!

When a professional rafter approached the bear, it eagerly leapt into the waiting raft! 

This Bear Was About To Die When Something Incredible Happened

The cub had been sitting alone on the shore for days. With no sign of her mother anywhere, rafters finally decided that they had to help.

This Bear Was About To Die When Something Incredible Happened

The rafter, Danny Allen, turned the cub over to the Appalachian Bear Rescue, a program dedicated to saving bears and returning them to their natural habitats.

This Bear Was About To Die When Something Incredible Happened

The bear was malnourished and terrified. She was rehydrated and given all the grapes, yogurt, and puppy chow she could eat to fatten her up and restore her to good health and spirits.

This Bear Was About To Die When Something Incredible Happened

The people at the rescue named the bear cub Noli. They were delighted to see that once she started eating, she was a sweet, playful girl. 

This Bear Was About To Die When Something Incredible Happened

Noli was named after the river where she was found. The Appalachian Bear Rescue hopes that by sharing her story, they can change the way people see these amazing animals.

This Bear Was About To Die When Something Incredible Happened

Noli is going to stay at the rescue while she gains weight. They will eventually try to release her back to the wild.

This Bear Was About To Die When Something Incredible Happened

Look at that face! What a sweet little girl.