By - aloofloofah
What’s the backstory here?
> The footage was posted by Pasi Jantti, a bearkeeper, and shows the bear playing around with Kuusamo Predator Center's Sulo Karjalainen who is known in Finland as "The bearman"
> The bear, whose name is Aina, was found in the yard of a house in May and its mother was nowhere to be found. At the time, the cub only weighed three pounds. Now, she weighs almost 60 pounds.
> Karjalainen opened the Kuusamo Predator Center in the early 1990s. While it started as a sanctuary for bears, in the years since its opening, the center has also cared for lynxes, foxes and wolf dogs. The center is open to visitors who can come and see the animals up close.
There was also a bear in Kuusamo Predator Center called Juuso, who made art with his paws, and there was an exhibition of his artworks in Tampere. One of the art pieces was auctioned as well, and the money was donated to charity.
I like this Finnish rescue center/petting zoo.
Has the place done any actual rehabilitation (release of orphaned animals)? It IS hard, but it has been done with bears before.
Yep it has, but too tame ones and bears born in captivity aren't released, they'll just find their way back to humans and scare the crap out of people
An absolutely normal dog doing normal dog things.
It's a bear 😅
A normal dog named Bear! Awww!
Hop, hop, hop, hop, WHAT DO YOU SAY?!
Do bears not hibernate if they're in captivity, because of the availability of food or warmth or something?
There is a specific "Bear" subsection in the "Mammal" section. Emphasis mine, Wikipedia's TL;DR at the bottom. I think we just don't have an ironclad answer.
["This research found that bears would enter their den when snow arrived and ambient temperature dropped to 0 °C. However, physical activity, heart rate, and body temperature started to drop slowly even several weeks before this. Once in their dens, the bears' heart rate variability dropped dramatically, indirectly suggesting metabolic suppression is related to their hibernation. Two months before the end of hibernation, the bears' body temperature starts to rise, unrelated to heart rate variability but rather driven by the ambient temperature. The heart rate variability only increases around three weeks before arousal and the bears only leave their den once outside temperatures are at their lower critical temperature. **These findings *suggest* that bears are thermoconforming and bear hibernation is driven by environmental cues, but arousal is driven by physiological cues.**"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibernation)
[Juuso (at the same center as Aina) definitely hibernates](https://youtu.be/69atYyxcz4o)
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Best feel good video I've seen in a bit. People like this "bearman" give me some hope for humanity
i want to meet him and be his friend
Cute chunky boi
Originals with glorious sound:
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Aww what a cutie!
One of my dogs is also very excited when go out in the snow 😁 the other still haven't seen snow yet 😅