Tales of Ted - UPDATE June 20, 2020

I thought I’d celebrate this first day of summer by taking a break from questions and telling tales of Ted.Ted in Tub with dinnerTed in tub with dinner

Actually, "HappyCub" tells it best, saying: "Happy Saturday It was a nice cool 56°F at 8 am. Ted was sleeping and had a little bunny enjoying breakfast behind his head. The bunny took off after realizing it was right next to a sleeping bear lol. Took him a bit though."

I love it that the snowshoe hare knows how to get in the bear enclosure and add such spice.

Then it was Ted relaxing HIS way. But another bear about his size was doing the same in the wild some years ago when I almost stepped on him. He opened his eyes but didn’t bolt. He was quite used to people and showed the confidence that I’ve found to come easiest with the biggest bears. He hardly moved. I backed away to let him sleep, which he did.

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I don’t know if the bear keepers give Ted the comfort we see or if he knows how to find it himself, but the pictures of him at ease in his tub eating a good dinner had to be shared. They topped it off with a video of him exquisitely dining in a way that I have not found in the best restaurants. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCDHxsZ04og But there was more after the video ended. Ted finished his cluster of grapes and discarded the stem, but then did what any good bear should do. He picked up the stem and put it neatly in his bowl.

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Yesterday, Donna spotted a beautiful Pink Prominent Moth at the WRI. Then, as if on cue, a neighbor who had seen the same beauty in her yard sent a picture that shows this colorful moth in exquisite detail.

Today, Donna spotted a painted turtle laying eggs after a welcome rain. The turtle was taking its chances, though, because its location was only a few feet from where a bear had dug up an earlier turtle nest and eaten the eggs. In fact, a young male named Bramble watched me lie down to take the picture today. I’ll keep an eye out and see what happens to these eggs. From the dirt on her face and shell, I suspect the turtle was anxious to lay her eggs and get back in the water to rinse the dirt off.

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