Family Day, Ted Visit - UPDATE February 11, 2018

The Family Night last night became Family Day today. We started with church, followed by a clamor to see Ted. I’ve been wanting to visit him. It was nice to hear his sweet, welcoming grunts as I approached. TedTedA couple licks, and he was interested in the crowd at the fence where he had seen behind-the-scenes groups all summer. I don’t know if he wanted to greet more people or if he thought there was food. Gabrielle or Heinrik asked if there were any way to see him closer. As if he understood, he immediately started to the fence with more sweet grunts. People are stimulating to Ted and make his day. He sniffed hands through the fence but we weren’t feeding. It’s February. I know some thought we had peanuts, but maybe a finger looked like that. Ted went back to his chalet and crawled into his straw as was captured in this 6½ minute video.

He wasn’t done. A few minutes after we left, he came out for a second look, just in case. I don’t know if he was taking a second look in case we had food that we might have dropped, or if he just missed us as was captured in this 4+ minute video.

In a couple months, he’ll be up and active. It was good to see him and feel how warmly he greeted us.

Thank you for all you do.

Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center