Tubs Are Catching - UPDATE April 28, 2020

A few days ago, Ted was sitting in his tub. Yesterday, fun-loving Tasha was sitting in one tub and using the other for a big hat and more. Tasha eating a rootTasha eating a rootComing from Kentucky, her genes are probably ready to roam and she wisely denned where she has the whole enclosure as her playground—up the cub tree, into the pond frolicking, tossing tubs in the Haven, and strewing straw all around. She also approached Holly who she knows is a playful bear at times, but Holly was self isolating with Lucky and confined so she can’t go out and violate social distancing orders. Soon, though, they’ll all be able to roam the enclosure at times. I look forward to seeing Lucky and Holly hit the pond. The woodchuck got on the scale while he could. We miss Honey in all this. "Pooch" caught Tasha in her raucous rambling on Sunday: Tasha Having Fun ~~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWkTJpm4WGU and in her Haven today: Tasha Having Fun In the NABC Haven Area ~~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bxQLtwUm_g

Also, I’m still learning what bears eat. Tasha is the teacher, eating a root I’ve never seen a bear eat before. Pond Chatters are identifying it as spider milkweed root that I didn’t even know was in the enclosure. I’ll ask around about that.

Tasha's paws Tasha's paws
Tasha's paws

 

I have to also admit that I can’t be sure that Tasha’s foot pads are shed or not. The way she scampers around and the smooth look in the pictures would say she has, but I’ve been fooled before. I like to feel them to see if they are soft and new or hard, cracked and old. If she shed them a couple months ago, they could be hardening and looking a little old by now. I’m leaning toward shed. Good catch on the photo of the feet.

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

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