Sweet Ted - UPDATE February 22, 2019

It was time for a visit to Ted. Nobody had been up to his pen since the snow. Spencer was good to break the trail up to his pen Ted in his denTed in his denfor me because he is 22 and I’m 79, but I could have done it myself. Ted heard us coming and was making his sweet high welcoming grunts. It’s been awhile since he has seen anyone, and people make his day. He was alert and ready. I entered his pen, but Ted hasn’t been out of his chalet since the snow, so there was no path. Scott stepped in and was good to break a trail for me to Ted ( I could have done it myself. Really.) Ted greetingTed greeting usScott is used to running dogs and plowing forward through the snow like he used to do carrying a football through people in high school. Ted was ready with his tongue greeting, which is the ultimate gesture of friendship among bears. But when I didn’t have a treat, he looked past me toward the people at the fence and went to see them, following the path that both Scott and I had broken for him. Nobody greeted him through the fence or gave him a treat. He licked some snow and decided to go back and lie down in the chalet and just watch. I think he will be glad when it is spring and gets more visits and treats.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center

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