HARRISONBURG, Va. (CNN Newsource) – A fishing trip and father relaxed in West Virginia in nothing but relaxing when they came across a little black bear who needed help.
The father and son of Darrin and Eli Barkley from Broadway were fishing on the Williams River until Eli noticed a little bear.
"We were very worried about it. The bear looked very worn and didn't look right," said Eli.
The forest keepers asked Barkley, and the caretaker Joel Rosenthal bear help.
"I jumped out of the vehicle. I have equipment to take it but the little bear jumped into the water," Rosenthal said.
That's when Eli jumped in to help him.
"Then he went into the stream and as soon as his head went about it, I feel it was not just a natural thing, I had nothing to say to anyone." Said Eli.
Eli saved the bear and Rosenthal was able to seize it and return it to his farm.
Rosenthal named the bear William.
We will keep up to date with Joel and this bear will now be called William. Williams river, so it's pretty cool, "Eli said.
Eli's father, Darrin, said, "I am very proud, I did the right thing."
"It is certainly in wildlife for many years and growing up with my dad. It means it's pretty cool," Eli said.
Rosenthal hopes “William will eventually release that wild back, but the Barkleys are hoping to visit Liam before that.
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