Yesterday was the “official ABR birthday” of Tartan and Taco Bear. January 22nd has been designated as the birthdate of every bear who comes to ABR. That means that Tartan Bear turned 16 months and Taco Bear turned 4 months old. Ken LaValley, the ABR photographer, stopped by and took a birthday portrait of Tartan. He is becoming a very handsome yearling!
Only the curators can enter the Hartley House with Taco, so instead of a portrait by Ken, they did a quick weigh-in to learn how much he has gained in the month he’s been at ABR.
And so we wish a belated happy birthday to Taco, Tartan, and all bears, everywhere!
When Taco was weighed, he tipped the scale at 7.2 pounds – twice what he weighed when he was admitted to ABR a month ago! Good bear! His obvious distaste for being captured is a good sign. The goal of ABR and our care of the bears is to maintain their wild instincts. Taco still has the wildness that his real mother bear taught him. Curator Tom and Curator Bailey worked fast and completed the capture-weigh-release procedure in just five minutes!