Major Bear favors the flaky pie crust before digging into the cherriesPhoto by: Earthfire

 by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. —

First, let it be known that the bears here at Earthfire eat extremely healthy food — buckets and buckets of fresh fruits and vegetables and a bit of high grade dog food to be sure all bases are covered. But every now and then we all need treats. Two wonderful guests asked what they could bring and we said … six cherry pies, one for each bear, with whipped cream. If you are going to do it you might as well do it right! The pies they brought were Marie Callender cherry pies (actually five cherry pies and one berry) which had to be cooked 55 to 65 minutes at 400 degrees to make sure they were properly flaky. (Major Bear in particular appreciates a flaky crust. As you can see, all of the top crust has been devoured while the cherries are still left. Huckleberry Bear Bear on the other hand is more into the cherries.) As per their preference, the pies of course were served warm.

Major Bear favors the flaky pie crust before digging into the cherries | Photo by Earthfire

Even an animal big as a bear takes great delight and care in enjoying a sweet treat | Photo by Earthfire

Dr. Susan Eirich is the Founder and Executive Director of Earthfire Institute Wildlife Sanctuary and Retreat Center. A licensed psychologist, biologist and educator, her goal is to widen the circle of conversation about conservation to include the voices of all living beings.

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