Hopefully, you checked out the video we posted about the logs added to The Cub House by Curator Janet, and Finnegan Bear’s reaction when he first discovered the logs.  Today we have a series of photos that show him climbing on the logs.  Once he got used to them being a part of the scenery, his natural curiosity led him to investigate.  The results of his investigation are very amusing as well as revealing of how bear cubs learn by exploring new things.

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Finnegan makes it to the top of the logs.

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He threw Mother Bunny down from the logs.

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He discovers he can climb from one log to the other.

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The smell and texture of the logs are new to him.

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Finnegan balances and walks on the log.

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He turns his attention to the other log.

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Finnegan uses his claws to shred bark on the log, as bears do when hunting for insects.

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He goes down head first. He will learn to go down the “bear way,” bum first.

Finnegan is learning some good lessons as he has fun playing with his logs.  When he climbs real trees the lessons will continue, and he will learn to descend the way bear cubs do in the wild .He is practicing new skills, like bark-shredding and balancing.