Bears are strong wildlife creatures that love living alone in the woods. When we were younger, we had a teddy bear or two at home, and at some point, we might have imagined bears in our heads as cuddly woodland mammals. In reality, they could crush their prey like a tin can with their powerful paws and jaws.
However, with the right people and environment, bears could show their vulnerability. Sometimes a pat on the head is what they need to make their days better.
Orphaned Wildlife Center helps save the lives of these bears.
Orphaned Wildlife Center (OWC) is home to bears of varying species with three people devoting themselves towards the same goal – to prepare the orphaned bears for life back in the wild.
Susan and Jim Kowalczik have ben licensed wildlife rehabilitators since 1996, but it was only in 2012 when they started OWC with their closest friend, Kerry Clair, who does all the administrative work.
OWC has a YouTube channel where you could watch the daily lives of their orphaned bears.
OWC has over 977 videos on their channel showing you their daily adventures in their bear sanctuary. The channel has over 106,000 subscribers and 60 million accumulated views on their videos. One of the most popular videos they had is when Jim Kowalczik gives comfort to one of the bears that was having a rough day.
The bear just needs some hugs from his best friend.
The bears were used to human company, and they have no problem trusting the people in OWC, especially Jim, who created a special bond with the bears. He has a way of making sure the bears are doing great. One day, one of the bears was feeling a little more down than the others. Jim noticed and he approached the sulking bear to assess the situation himself.
Jim saw that the bear was having a hard day and so, he came down to pet the sulking bear.
As Jim sat beside the enormous bear, the bear gladly rested his giant head on his lap. Jim let the bear lightly nibble and lick his hand while he gently stroked the bear’s head. Eventually, he gave the bear some head pats and a big hug. You could see how comfortable the huge bear was with Jim.
Plenty of bear species are in danger of losing their own home in the wild.
According to National Geographic, one of the biggest threats to all bear species is the loss of their habitat, mainly because of the continuous growth of the human population. Trees are being cut down to expand human territories, and sometimes, bears have driven away and hunted out of human safety concerns.
Moreover, poachers target specific bear species to keep up with the demand in the illegal black market. Fortunately, organizations like OWC keep these bears away from facing such threats.
If you want to give your support to OWC, visit their website and other social media. Don’t forget to share this video and their channel to your friends and family so that they too could be inspired by the organization’s wonderful acts of kindness toward these wild animals.
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Source: Youtube/Orphaned Wildlife Center