An Arkansas man is devastated after state officials came and took the baby bear he's raised for the last 6 months. He says he loves the bear as if it were his child, and now he's fighting to get her back, CNN's Michaela Pereira reports.
To Robert Baysinger, Savannah is more than just a bear cub, she is family.
"She'll jump up in my arms. She'll lay down in my lap and take her a nap," he says.
Baysinger first found Savannah 6 months ago when he rescued her from the middle of a controlled fire.
The 2 have been inseparable ever since, even climbing trees and picking blackberries together. But all of that changed when he came home on Monday and found a ticket taped to his front door, and Savannah gone.
The ticket was from Arkansas Game and Fish, who, along with law enforcement, took her away, citing it illegal to have a pet bear.
According to Arkansas Game and Fish, "We all love bears. We all love wildlife. They're cute and they're cuddly but it's called wildlife for a reason."
Baysinger planned to release Savannah back into the wild once she got older. He says he tried before, but she kept coming back. Now he is not giving up without a fight.
Officials say the bear went to a nearby rehab facility, but they refused to tell Baysinger exactly where. Arkansas Game and Fish says it is up to the rehab center to decide whether Baysinger can get some sort of visitation right to see Savannah, but consider it very unlikely.