Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Vince Shute Bears

Bears are highly evolved, intelligent animals. They are the most intelligent, non-human, animals native to North America. Some believe that their intelligence is on par with that of the great apes or at the level of a 3 year old human child. Like humans, bears are individuals, with each bear having its own unique personality. They often develop relationships or even friendships with other bears. Bears will sometimes share resources or use tools to improve their lives.

At the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary it is easy to see their intelligence . Like this cub for instance. When other bears are around mothers will usually send their cubs up trees for their own safety, while the other cubs where trying to get comfortable in the fork of a couple of branches this smart little bear found himself a nice comfy spot to sit. He is sitting on the top of a bird house that was mounted on one of the trees.

Eventually when it was safe he came down to taste some of the seeds and fruits left by the strange humans, but being a smart little bear he kept close to mom.


Lynne said...

I've noticed that the bears in all of your pictures seem to have very healthy and shiney coats. I've not seen many wild bears but the ones I've seen seemd much scrawnier with tatty, dull coats. I wonder if the season makes a difference?

Shellmo said...

Eco - the bear photos were outstanding - the baby bear was precious! And again - I learned something new on your site - didn't really think of bears of being social w/ others or having close to a 3 year old child's brain.

Leedra said...

Precious baby bear, does remind me of a young child. Great photos. I am really enjoying your bear photos, as I did you dragonfly photos too.

HANNIBAL said...

You got some fantastic shots in your series! Thanks for sharing the behavior with the blogworld!