As we said in our last post, the cubs, like their counterparts in the wild, are slowing down as they feel the urge to eat being replaced by the urge to sleep. Here is a video that shows them coming out of their den and eating, but not nearly as voraciously as a few weeks ago. Look how chubby they have become! Click this link to see what Blossom and Buttercup looked like when they arrived in August. It’s truly amazing how quickly bear cubs grow!
November 30, 2013
Our three little cubs had their first experience with snow a couple of days ago. It prompted some interesting reactions, as these images show. Snow in and of itself is not the reason that bears sleep during the winter. The biggest reason is that there is a lack of food for them, so they simply shut down and take a long nap, living off of their accumulated fat reserves. Their thick fur coats keep them plenty warm if they are out in the snow. As we showed in our last post, their bodies are telling them it’s time for a den, and the Flower Girls have slowed down on their eating (this is very normal for bears at this time of year) and are spending a lot of time in their chosen den under the Acclimation Pen. But the white stuff falling out of the sky aroused their curiosity, and they wanted to find out more about it.
This snow and ice event was something new for our little bears. They had never seen it before. It was a good learning experience for them.
November 30, 2013
Our curator was successful the other day in getting photos of all 3 of the “Flower Girls.” As you may recall, it is hard to get images of shy Blossom Bear, but here she is.
Even though they have never been taught, their instincts are telling them it is time to find a den. Although their are culvert dens in the Wild Enclosure, Poppy Bear chooses to den under the Acclimation Pen.
Blossom and Buttercup must have approved her selection, because they joined her there.
November 22, 2013
Our three remaining cubs, the “Flower Girls,” are busy foraging for food to increase their weight and prepare them for hibernation after they are released. As you can see from these photos, they are packing on the pounds and look much chubbier than when they first arrived. You will also see in these images that they aren’t limiting their eating to the tasty foods provided by the curators. When they find something on their own, they are very happy (and so are we, since it shows that they won’t be dependent on ABR for food).
November 12, 2013
Curator Coy was able to get this video of the 3 “Flower Girls” – Poppy, Blossom, and Buttercup, as they foraged for insects as well as the acorns and fruit that he had thrown over the fence for them. It was sunny, and the bears seem to be enjoying the sunshine as well as the treats.
November 10, 2013
With the release of our longest 2013 ABR residents, the SC cubs – Bennie, Jerry, and Carrie – the ABR facility has become much quieter. The three “Flower Girls” – Blossom, Buttercup, and Poppy – are the only cubs remaining at the facility. We have said before, that these little bears have been difficult to capture on camera, spending most of their time either in the trees or hiding in the underbrush. Because they were older when they came to ABR, they had already learned to stay hidden or seek safety in trees. But one of our curators was very fortunate to be able to get these photos of the three elusive cubs a few days ago. You can see that they are growing. Although they certainly aren’t the size of the SC cubs, they are getting closer to the weight they will need for their own release.
November 9, 2013
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Our three SC cubs, Bennie, Jerry, and Carrie were released yesterday – November 8, 2013. They had been at ABR since March, and during that time had charmed thousands of people around the world with their antics. On their release day, they were taken back to a beautiful, natural area in South Carolina, where they will live the lives they were meant to live, free of human interference. Look at these portraits of the three bears, and see how handsome they are. Their weights were very good for their release – Carrie weighed 90 pounds, Bennie weighed 105 pounds, and Jerry weighed 114 pounds. They are healthy and ready to live on their own.
You can take a trip down memory lane with these little bears, by watching this video of their lives at ABR. It is delightful, and is set to the music of Boogertown Gap, the same duo who played for us at our recent Bear Necessities Dinner and Auction.