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Wild Bear in the Woods

baby brown bear in the Ocala National Forest
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Steve was conducting his annual bird survey down in the Ocala National Forest (in Central Florida) last week when he rudely interrupted a Mama Black Bear browsing with her Baby Booboo Black Bear.

He sent me pictures and a note: "The little guy got confused when mom hurried off at my approach. He just stumbled around wailing while I tried to take pix. Jesse (his dog) was beside herself, barking and hanging out the truck window while the little guy cried and cried. Mom started back several times only to turn away when she got too close to me. At one point the little guy came toward me, probably thinking I was his mom. Eventually mom got back close enough and the little guy followered her as they galumphed off across the savanna."

No bears or naturalists were harmed in this encounter.

Re-located to No.Ky.

Jack and Chin the DogHello from Kentucky. Last month I packed up the dog and we drove to Northern Kentucky to stay with my brother's family. Last November my 26 year old nephew suffered a terrible injury that damaged his spinal cord causing loss of use of the lower part of his body. He requires a lot of attention until he learns to adapt to his situation with the help of physical and occupational therapists. He's doing well but of course we all worry about him none the less so I came up to be one of his caregivers until June.