Holly’s TV Debut – UPDATE January 11, 2014

Lynn and HollyLynn and Holly - Jan 10  Holly made her TV debut yesterday on the 6 PM News at KBJR Channel 6 in Duluth http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/New-wild-bear-cub-at-Bear-Center-in-Ely--239690051.html.  We are told that it also aired this evening on WCCO-TV in Minneapolis at 5PM.

Holly made the most of her debut, becoming active shortly before the reporter arrived so she could appear in person rather than just on bear.org.      

Juliet lickingJuliet lickingWe were glad to see her and have the chance to interact with her in person ourselves.  We figure it will take many interactions before she accepts us as trustworthy friends.  Personalities vary, and we hope she has it in her to go beyond the human she initially bonded with and accept us.   

We also hope she can accept Ted, Lucky, and Honey, and vice versa.  She did interact with two cubs at Appalachian Bear Rescue. 

Juliet rakingJuliet rakingTed, Lucky, and Honey, plus the changing forest environment will be her daily and nightly companions.  They, together with the dedicated staff and Bear Educators are what can make her years at the Bear Center stimulating 24/7.

Our focus now is building trust, which is one of the reasons we’re not tranquilizing her to remove the ear-tags.  We want her to get over any worry that we’re carrying needles, and we worry that an injection could hit a vein and kill her.  We want to see if she will settle down enough for us to remove them by distracting her with food while someone gently uses a screwdriver and wrench on the ear-tags.

Today, Juliet leaned out to lick snow and then spent time rearranging her bedding.  No signs of labor yet.  Juliet's usual litter size is three.  This may be our first documentation of labor and delivery of a 3-cub litter. 

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.