Smokey the bear getting a check up...Yes, he was a real baby bear, once upon a time. He was found clinging to a scorched tree, severely burned himself. The poor little fella did the only thing his mother had shown him about escaping predators. The fire was almost too much for him to handle, but he survived and became one of America's most famous animals ever.
Smokey the Bear - On May 9th, 1950 the Capitan fire was raging through the mountains just north of Capitan, NM when a fire crew battling the blaze brought home with them a very scared and burned bear cub that had been clinging fearfully and tenaciously to a burned tree.