Tasha, Ted, and More - UPDATE April 19, 2020

I love the new pond cam and Ted cam. Such high quality video and pictures as seen with the beautiful mallard and Ted with his bowl. Ted and his bowlTed and his bowlAlso Ted’s foot pads. Good going everyone in getting such good captures. I don’t know why Ted’s foot pads hang on so long, but they’re cracking and hopefully will come off soon. Then he’ll have a few days of tender pads before they toughen up. Here’s an article I wrote about that back in 1974. Click here to see the paper: Rogers, L. L. 1974. Shedding of foot pads by black bears during denning. J. Mamm. 55(3):672-674. Looking at the foot pads in the picture that I think "HappyCub" captured, it’s just like you’re there. Easy to see what is happening.Teds pawsTed's paws

One of the things most intriguing and endearing to me about animals is any insight they give into their minds, especially if it is a happy feeling, like play, that I can identify with. Ted steals everyone’s hearts when he says his sweet words and backs it up with action—stories I want to put in the book.

TashaTasha playsTasha has that knack of stealing hearts, too, as shown in the picture and "Pooch’s" 12-minute video of her playing with the log http://www.viewpure.com/miiCBnkX8o4. She likes to play as shown in the picture of her with the log, but also in the video that "Taught" captured as Tasha tentatively gets in the water and then jubilantly runs out of the pond to end her run with a full headfirst somersault roll. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTLwI4hjwyc

MallardMallardOne of the best things about the Bear Center is the big, natural enclosure that includes many logs, etc., to play with, natural forest, and changing seasons to keep things fresh for the bears. They also love seeing the people in summer and the good care they get. Much of what we see was made possible by many, including the people reading this.

That’s part of why I always gratefully say, Thank you for all you do!
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center