Which animal do you think weighs more?
Gus, the black bear
Lightning, the donkey
Post your guesses in the comment section!
Remember my drawing of Gus? Aaron’s?
Here’s the real thing: this is what Gus looks like on the scale:
Here are some more wonderful bear photos for you- taken by volunteer Dan’s friend Annette: enjoy! (Photos, in order: Virginia, Gus, Gus, Mimi)
I wrote about the beginning of my day in my last post. It showed my point of view as Gus was waking up from a night of sleeping on the cliff. This series of pictures was taken on the same day. After checking the bear fence, I checked the lemurs and the wolves. By the time I got to the bear house he had climbed down the cliff and was making his way over to the bear house. I am standing inside the bear house as he approaches the doors to the house.
Gus and Yona found the missing radios that we lost in the trees while cutting them off the fence during last week’s storm! Ranger Ro caught this photo of the bears talking about something… ideas?
Gus looking particularly handsome with his scarf.
I recently posted a drawing and asked you to tell me what was happening here.
Many of you commented, but no one was exactly right. The above drawing was indeed of a bear- Gus to be specific. The round dot on his back was his puff of matted hair. I did not think the puff was drawn accurately (unlike the rest of the drawing) so I added the “dart”, “spike-like” projection out of the back. There is no way I could have drawn this- my artistic skills are poor at best. I do mostly-fine drawing names, and only moderately okay drawing stick-people. This drawing was done by Aaron.
Here’s how I would have drawn the above:
The drawing was made so we could visually review who would be standing where during the bears’ physicals. (It was also made for the enjoyment factor because everyone knows I like a good drawing). Positioning is critical during any procedures with dangerous animals, even when they are behind bars. Jessi is the primary trainer for the bears, so she will be there. Dr. Vanderford will be there, with Katy of course doing the physical.
We’ll let you know how the physicals turn out- maybe Aaron will draw another picture!
I thought the bears would be thrilled to have the 15 pounds or so of nuts that my neighbor left on my doorstep last week. However, in addition to the almonds and hazelnuts that Donna left on my doorstep, the bears received their own mail at the Museum. 50 pounds of walnuts arrived at the Museum addressed to the four of them!
The bears have Kelly Taylor, our Rentals Manager to thank. Kelly absolutely LOVES the bears and asked her family to get presents for the bears for Christmas.