Humble Bumble, a disabled bear with characterPhoto by: Earthfire
He came from a roadside zoo that was closing, just a few weeks old, and even then it was clear that he was a “differently-abled” bear. Now 14 years old he is enormous, but it isn’t the size you notice first, it is a gentleness, an innocence. It is in the expression of his face, in his movements, in the whole feel he emanates. Most animals at Earthfire have names reflecting their magnificence—Northwind the wolf, Windwalker the cougar. But as we spent time with him—watched him play, sweetly, gently, not too coordinated, not too quick on the draw—the name just came out: Humble Bumble.
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