- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (AP) - The Appalachian Bear Rescue has released two black bear cubs back into the wild.

The organization says in a statement that two bear cub sisters, named Summer and Juliette, were released into the wild on Wednesday.

When the cubs first arrived at the Rescue in July, Summer weighed about 13 pounds and Juliette weighed almost 12 pounds. On Wednesday, Summer weighed 81 pounds and Juliette weighed 61 pounds. The organization says the size difference is likely due to genetics. They say the cubs’ weight will make them better equipped to survive hibernation.

The two cubs were fitted with GPS collars before their release.

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