Cold Weather and a Warm-hearted Ted - UPDATE December 2, 2019

With the temperature at minus 15°F just before dawn, I wondered how Ted was doing. I stopped by mid-morning to say hi and see if he had frost on his face. He didn’t. Ted bearTedHe was resting with his face buried in straw, sheltered by an arm, mostly out of sight beside the entrance.

Lynn and TedAs I approached he lifted his head and looked but soon tucked it back into his warm pocket in the straw. I said a few things, including “It’s me, bear, without seeing a stir. Then Spencer retrieved a bowl half buried in the entrance and Ted got half up to see what Spencer was taking and maybe to show me his thick coat. Then came the moment I will treasure when he briefly looked at me and said his warm-hearted uh-uh-uh. I should have made contact. Bears make that sound when they want contact, but somehow I thought he might want to get back into his warm position.

TedCam screen capturesI was surprised at the good detail in the webcam pictures that cam watchers captured.

I left happy that he had greeted me so nicely. Ted is the sweetest bear I’ve ever known. He is delighted to have people nearby in summer and winter. With few visitors stirring his warm heart during these winter months, I suspect he is looking forward to May when groups will brighten each day.

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