Holly and Ted – UPDATE January 3, 2014

Ted looks upTed looks up  Holly definitely likes her blanket.  Reports from Den-watchers yesterday said she repeatedly sat on it when she was near the entrance to her den. 

At 2:45 PM, Holly was dragging her blanket into the den, lined her bed with it and raked straw in on top, rearranging things to her liking, then she snuggled down at 2:53 pm.

Earlier reports said,

She woke up again at 9:00 am for about 20 mins, she rolled about, fluffed her bedding, played with her legs.  She never moved from her spot but after fluffing, was lying higher in the straw.  Settled about 9:30 am and then became  ‘the incredible sinking cub’ [as she sank into the straw].

At 2:37 PM, she was back in her nest then up again and seemed to be checking out the peephole into Lucky's den sitting up on the straw.

And finally at 7:16 PM,

Slept all evening.

The word must have gotten around that sleeping buried in straw is IN this year.  Ted was half buried in straw until he heard the click of a cell phone camera being turned on.  Then he lifted his straw-covered head.

In last night’s list of needed taxidermy, there was an omission, and a sharp Lily Fan caught it, saying, “Are there no deer mice there?”  He was right, there are deer mice here, the woodland variety (Peromyscus maniculatus gracilis).  So that makes a total of 50 species of mammals, of which we need 46 yet.  The complete list is in last night’s update at http://tinyurl.com/pau4oe9.

Thank you for all you do.

—Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield, Biologists, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center

All photos taken today unless otherwise noted.