Orphaned Bear Cub thriving despite Burned paws, enjoys taking bath with Toy Bear in nature

Last year, this orphaned bear cub named Tamarack was rescued from a wildfire zone in Northern California, his paws having been burned in the blaze.

Must-see video: Bear seen playing with bear toy in South Lake Tahoe pond -  ABC7 Los Angeles

He was undergoing treatment for his injuries at a wildlife care facility when, to his rescuers’ surprise, he managed to escape back into the wild.

Bear Plays With Bear Toy in South Lake Tahoe Pool

Fortunately, despite the ordeal of his past, Tamarack is still alive and well — and now there’s adorable video to prove it.

Since Tamarack’s escape last summer, wildlife enthusiast Toogee Sielsch has chronicled his movements on trail cameras placed throughout the forest near his home. From that vantage point, it’s clear the orphaned bear cub has exceeded the odds.

Trail Camera Catches Bear Cub Taking A Bath With A Toy Bear - The Dodo

But Tamarack is more than simply surviving — he’s thriving.

Recently, one of Sielsch’s cameras captured footage of Tamarack dropping by a large puddle to take a bath. However, he was not alone. In Tamarack’s company was a toy bear figurine he’d evidently found and befriended.

Trail cam captures sweet tiny bear cub taking a bath with a toy bear –  Madly Odd!

It’s unknown where the bear toy had come from, but it’s clearly something Tamarack cherishes. Seeing them together made Sielsch smile.

“I thought how it was almost a perfect example of the playfulness of not only young black bears, but all of them,” Sielsch told The Dodo.

Bear cub finds a toy bear and plays with it during 'bath time'

But the footage above is just the latest happy chapter in the life of a bear who got off to a rocky start. And, with any luck, the best is yet to come.

“It makes my heart very happy to have watched his progress against all odds as an orphaned and healing cub of the year, now yearling,” Sielsch said. “It shows just how tenacious wildlife is when it comes to survival.”

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