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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KXTV-TV, Sacramento, Calif.) -- Tahoe the bear cubis one very lucky critter.

She showed up Tuesday inside an animal carrier on the doorstep of the nonprofit BEAR (Bear Education Aversion Response) League offices in Homewood, Calif., on the west side of Lake Tahoe. Momma bear was nowhere around, and her little cub was just 8 to 10 weeks old.

"She doesn't even have teeth yet," said Cheryl Millham, executive director of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care here where the cub is now sheltered. "She can't eat. She would be dead probably by now."

Tahoe is the second youngest cub to be brought to the facility, weighing just 5.4 pounds. She is still so young that she can barely walk.

But she has a healthy appetite, drinking special bear formula from a bottle every four hours.

She was "a little lethargic, a little dehydrated, but not in bad shape at all," Tom Millham said.

Cheryl Millham said she is grateful to whomever saved Tahoe.

"Somebody was compassionate enough to take the time to pick her up and bring her down," she said.

Poachers could have killed Tahoe's mother, a car could have hit her or the California black bear could have died of old age, Cheryl Millham said.

"She could have gotten too close to a marijuana patch," Cheryl Millham said. "They kill everything that comes into those."

Right now little Tahoe is getting meals from Cheryl Millham but otherwise the Millhams are trying to limit human contact in hopes that she can be reintroduced into the wild.

"We don't cuddle her. We don't don't do any type of bonding with her. She doesn't want to bond to me," Cheryl Millham said.

Eventually, they hope they'll have another cub to keep her company until both would ready to be returned back into the wild about a year from now. An adult female California black bear can weigh 85 or 90 pounds.

"This is what keeps me going after 37 years," Cheryl Millham said. "This little girl now will have a chance to grow up, be a healthy, normal little bear and maybe be a mom herself someday."

"We don't cuddle her. We don't don't do any type of bonding with her. She doesn't want to bond to me," Cheryl Millham said.

Eventually, they hope they'll have another cub to keep her company until they are ready to be returned back into the wild.

Tahoe's second chance at life is a rare treat for both Tom and Cheryl Millham, who don't tire of helping save the lives of the animals brought to them.

"This is what keeps me going after 37 years," Cheryl Millham said. "This little girl now will have a chance to grow up, be a healthy, normal little bear and maybe be a mom herself someday."

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