Tenderness and Trust - UPDATE March 10, 2019

Fifteen days ago, Holly and Lucky didn’t sound happy or look happy. Lucky put his head down on the straw in submission to Holly’s hollering https://bit.ly/2XnIY1B.Stripe the MinkStripe the Mink

Today, I’d say they are in love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wobu3Ilpce0. I have never seen such gentle interactions—such gentle touching—between two bears. It didn’t look like play. That’s more vigorous from what I’ve seen. It looked like caressing and a feeling of closeness between two bears that have known each other for a long time, of building a bond through being together and having fun playing together. Maybe I’m reading too much into it. See what you think. But what a difference! We continue to learn. At least we learn what they do. I just wish we could understand and explain it better. Interesting always. I’ve never seen that kind of interaction between two bears.

Out the window, I haven’t seen the gray fox for a couple days, but Stripe the Mink has been coming. When he came this evening, I tried to snap a picture through the window but he was too quick for me to focus on. He gave up and ran down the steps to the ground level. I was afraid he was disappointed. I cranked the window open, put my head out, and said, “Come, mink,” and he came running up the steps, up the snow mound, and posed waiting in the open window by the corner of my desk for bologna action. Nice.

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