The Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary in Calhoun County operated by Betsy Knight is now the temporary home for two adorable bear cubs.
Back in February, the newborn cubs were rescued by a wildlife officer during a wildfire along the Aucilla River. They were estimated at four weeks old and had been abandoned by their mother during the fire. The officer nearly ran over them with a piece of heavy equipment, but stopped just five feet before hitting them and heard their cries. He turned them over to Betsy at the Wildlife Sanctuary who is preparing them to return to the wild when they are big enough.
Betsy with the cubs.
Just this week, Betsy took in a one week old fawn. She also cares for two bald eagles who have been with her over 15 years.
How You Can Help
• Volunteer your time
• Donate fresh fruit (berries, apples, etc.)
• Donate goat milk
• Donate a golf cart
(Betsy has long hauls with heavy loads to feed the animals on the property and her golf cart has died!)
If you can help in any way, call Betsy at 762-8685
I used to work with Betsy Knight for a short time. I was much younger, but she taught me so much about wildlife and more.
There isn't enough that can be said about Ms. Knight. Her work with wildlife was the beginning of wildlife rehab in the state of Florida.
For everything you taught me, and for the time we spent together discussing things, I hold the deepest resect for Betsy Knight.
What you see above is just another success story for wildlife and Betsy. If they held statistics, her's would be astrmonical.
Good on ya Betsy!
It has been so long since I have visited Blountstown, but love to keep up here on this site. Good to see Betsy still at work with the wildlife, because of her my daughters learned so much back in the early 90's. Since then my daughters and I have carried what we learned onto Georgia where we have and still do volunteer with the Ellijay Wildlife Sanctuary, and foster many ourselves!!!
Education will last forever