Yearling Sweetie Bear has been in the Acclimation Pen for Wild Enclosure #3 (Hartley’s domain) since she left the Red Roof Recovery Center. She was showing that she wanted more room – she wanted to go out! So Curator David obliged. He lifted the gate remotely and waited. Sweetie stayed put on the platform. David got out the hose and got ready to clean the Acclimation Pen, starting to spray the platform where Sweetie was sitting. Guess what happened?
Suddenly she was in a new, larger space! What next?
Meanwhile, what about Hartley Bear? He knew Sweetie by scent, but they had never met. His reaction was typical of a yearling.
As far as we know, the two yearlings have not met. When they do, it will be interesting to see the reactions of each. Yearlings are generally solitary and not playful like the cubs. So they may keep to their own spaces and not interact. We’ll see.