Today we have updates on almost all of the ABR bears. Only Summitt was uncooperative about showing himself. First, we’ll look at the two cubs at mealtime (again). They are getting to be a bit finicky about their food. No doubt that is a result of them learning that there is always plenty of food available and thus no need to rush when a meal is provided. As usual, the cubs were high up on the platform before food delivery.
Their food was slid into the pen through a gate.
We can be sure that if they weren’t used to such a bounty of food both cubs would have hurried down to eat. But at ABR there is plenty of food for both of them, and they have learned that there’s no hurry. If there had been another hornet nest in the bowls, perhaps that would have made a difference in their enthusiasm!
In another Acclimation Pen, our newest resident, Hawkins Bear is resting and recuperating from his injuries.
It is painful for him to come down to eat, so Curator Janet devised a “dumb waiter” to get the food and water up to Hawkins Bear.
This is another clever invention to care for the bears. Here is how it works:
The device is successful!
Only one of the Wild Enclosure yearlings appeared – Dani Bear rested in a tree.
Summitt Bear chose not to make himself visible. He’s out there somewhere, probably hiding in the underbrush. Maybe we’ll see him next time.