Bench in Durango features carving of rescued bear cub

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A bear cub rescued from the 416 Fire near Durango has been immortalized on a bench. 

KRQE News 13 introduced you to the orphaned cub back in June after firefighters found her. 

Since then she’s been in the care of Colorado wildlife officials, recovering from burned paws, even getting a visit from Smokey Bear. 

Now, the Durango Herald reports, the cub and Smokey are featured on a bench recently donated to the Durango Welcome Center where it’s being used to promote fire safety. 

It’s the work of local artist Travis Reed, who won first place with the piece at a chainsaw carving competition at Purgatory Resort. 

Alpine Bank bought it and donated it to the Welcome Center.

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