Sometimes there is a story we enjoy so much that we want to repeat it, like this one from our archives. Originally written in 2010, the bears still love their marshmallows---and still don't like taking pills. There comes a time in the course of events when you have to give a bear a pill---or in Major Bear’s case, eight of them, twice a day. You might think it was easy. With a wolf, as long as there is breath in their body, put it in a piece of meat and they wolf it down, no questions asked. If there is any difficulty at all, you keep a second piece of meat in your other hand and they'll focus so much on that piece that they might miss the fact that they wolfed down the first while eyeing...

12 August 2016

Teton Totem

Now twenty years old, Teton the grizzly bear has evolved from a vibrant physical specimen into a spiritual being who moves all who meet him.

 

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A white wolf and a dark gray wolf howling together

— by Susan Eirich, Ph.D. — As I walk through the early morning cold, the wolves and coyotes begin their morning howl. I let the beauty of the sound vibrate through me, into me, into every cell of my body until the music of the howls and I become one. 30 March. The melting mounds of snow are forming great puddles on the land, puddles that are apparently irresistible to the multitudes of birds on the property. They are out there indulging wildly, ecstatically, fluttering and splashing and ducking and preening and ducking and splashing and fluttering for a very long time. The ice is gone! Freedom! Spring! The joy and excitement is contagious. Life is good. Hopefully our willow buds...

12 August 2016

Humble Bumble

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.   More Stories About Humble...

12 August 2016

Huckleberry Bear Bear

A sensitive being, Huckleberry Bear Bear the black bear expressed new depths when he lost his brother, Major Bear.   [gallery size="full" ids="1459,1460,1461"]

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