Today is proving to be a rather hectic day. At the moment it is very quiet around here with all the Bears out trick or treating but I am expecting trouble at any minute. They left the house armed with little buckets to put all their treats in except for Razzi… he has gone out with three packets of flour and half a dozen eggs are missing from the fridge. God help anyone who refuses them a treat!!
The latest Bear to join us here at the Birkenhead Bear Sanctuary arrived today and not exactly in the best of moods. The postman delivered the parcel which was only about six inches long so we didn’t have a clue what it could be as all our Bears are about twelve inches tall. After scratching our heads for a few minutes in wonder, we finally opened the parcel and there was our new Bear – folded in half!
The Bear’s Blog is in black tonight after we were all devastated by the sad news that former cricket umpire David Shepherd has died after a long battle with cancer. He was known around the world as one of the best and fairest cricket umpires in the game. Players and fans all warmed to his jolly Santa Clausesque figure and his quirky sense of humour, most famously expressed in his superstitious habit of standing on one leg whenever the score reached 111.
Wildlife biologist Lynn Rogers has spent thousands of hours studying North American Black Bears. He has shot them with tranquilisers, tagged them, fitted radio collars, taken their DNA and even tracked their movements with pins on maps. However, none of that ever allowed him to really get to know these Bears.
Today is Bearkeeper Davidd’s birthday so all The Bears would like to wish him a Very Happy Birthday. We asked him what he wanted for his Birthday and because we all love him so much we asked what he would like us to buy as a present for today. He said to prove how much we all think of him we had to get him something that would do 0 – 200 in less than four seconds… so we got him a set of bathroom scales.
After we featured our story yesterday about Mercedes the Polar Bear’s move to the Highlands, we got an email from Aaron Sneddon. Aaron is a UK Press Photographer and was selected to accompany Mercedes from Edinburgh Zoo to the Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig. He was the sole photographer allowed on the trip and he has made the photographs he took available to The Friends Of The Bears prior to them being released to the newspapers tomorrow.
Did you know we have a Polar Bear who lives in Britain? Her name is Mercedes and she lives in Edinburgh Zoo and is the only Polar Bear in this country. For the last 25 years she has lived at Edinburgh Zoo but is to be moved to a four-acre enclosure in the Highlands, the largest of its kind in Europe. The £300,000 enclosure — that’s the size of four football pitches — will recreate the natural environment of the Bear’s Canadian home and will include a large natural swimming pool. There will also be a public viewing platform on a hill overlooking the bear’s new home.
When you hear your car alarm going off in the middle of the night you can expect the worst. That is just what happened to a man in Teller County, Colorado and so he called the Police. Police officers raced round at 2:30am in the hope of catching the car thief but got more than they bargained for. When the police arrived, they found that the thief was not a criminal, but a hungry young Black Bear who had wandered into the unlocked car.