Leave it to a group of firefighters to find an orphaned cub in the midst of brush fire, and in a nod to the iconic firefighting bear "Smokey," name the adorable animal "Smokey Junior."
That's exactly what happened in Central Florida Thursday evening, when firefighters rescued the baby bear.
A baby bear was saved after suffering slight burns to its paws and face during a 250+ acre wildfire in Lake County. pic.twitter.com/JOs4jwv1Qa— Fire Rescue (@LakeFirePIO) April 8, 2016
Fire crews from Lake County -- located in Central Florida near Orlando -- were battling a brush fire that had burned through more than 250 acres when they stumbled upon "Smokey Junior" wondering alone.
"SmokeyJunior" is between 15-20 lbs. No sign of Mama Bear. pic.twitter.com/7lXsEWxTd2— Fire Rescue (@LakeFirePIO) April 8, 2016
The rescued bear weighed in at roughly 15-20 lbs. Firefighters nicknamed the foundling "SJ" -- short for "Smokey Junior."
Officials said the baby bear had slight burns on its paws and face from the fire. The mother hasn't been found.
Florida Fish and Wildlife officers will evaluate the cub's health and will hopefully be able to release it back into the wild.