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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thankful Thursday: Shyla and the Blondie the Black Bear!

I love "Thankful Thursday". I feel thankful for so many things these days. One is that Shyla is getting her mojo back! I cannot overstate how happy it makes me to see her romp joyfully.
I have observed that she is far more sensitive to my moods and tone than ever before. I'm not sure whether the reason is her new epilepsy medicine or the woman who hit her. Either way, I am trying very hard to always have an upbeat tone with her (even when I have a migraine - which is not easy!).

I am also SO grateful to share our world with such cool wildlife. With it being the beginning of bear season, I sometimes have to pinch myself because I cannot believe the cool bear things that my trail cameras let me see.

We have a new bear in the area, a young male who is almost completely blond! I immediately named him "Blondie".
When I saw the footage of Blondie for the first time, I was overwhelmed with gratitude that we share our neck of the woods with such cool animals. 

Without further ado, here is some footage of Blondie marking trees. For comparison, I also included Bandit, a slightly bigger male than Blondie, and our two dominant males.

You can watch the short video here or at Youtube.

When you see the size of the dominant male bears compared to the youngsters, you know that the youngsters are doing everything that they can to avoid a confrontation with either of the big guys.

I am thankful beyond words to live in this incredible place!

25 comments:

  1. What a beautiful, and unusual bear. Very cool!!

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  2. The bears have such different fur colors. Blondie is really pretty! We are loving your smile, Shyla☺

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  3. You must have quite the bear populating in your neck of the woods! Shyla's smile rocks!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  4. Blondie is amazing but a happy Shyla makes the heart smile! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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  5. So very glad Shyla is feeling better! Yay!

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  6. I think it's true...blondes do seem to have more fun!

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  7. Nature is most wondrous and nothing more so than seeing variations in natural species and how they interact with their environment and each other. Eve better is seeing that your Shyla is happy and you can both be happy together.
    Purrs, ERin

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  8. wow, did not know bears come I blond. so pretty and yay for the mojo coming back

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  9. I'm so glad to hear she is doing better!

    I wouldn't want to come face to face with those big bears!

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  10. Shyla that are super news!!! Is that common to have a blonde bear? will he stay as a blonde when he is fully outgrown? Blondes have more fun said dad's rival Rod, so it maybe pays off for the bear to be blonde :O)

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    1. I don't know whether he'll stay this blond. I have seen bears who change colors over the course of the year. As they get their winter coat, they might turn darker or lighter. I hope that this guy stays around for long enough for us to see whether his coat stays the same!

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  11. Blondie, what a cool chap he is, I wonder if he will get darker as he gets older? And the size comparison!!! Shyla's happiness is so wonderful,let it be there always.

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  12. It'll be interesting to see if you find more blond cubs in future. It's fantastic that Shyla is becoming her old self.

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  13. Wow! What incredible film footage. Basically, they mark the trees while using them as huge back scratchers! LOL!

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  14. You are truly lucky to have such wildlife nearby, and to be able to capture it on video!

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  15. We have never seen a blond bear - do blond bears have more fun? :-)

    He seems to be a little gimpy with that front right leg - hope he is OK.

    It makes us so happy to hear how well Shyla is doing.

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  16. Never in my life seen such a sight. Amazing. Congrats on getting such great pix and video

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  17. What great captures with hte camera. You certainly are forutunate to live where you live and see all the neat wildlife.

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  18. We love all the wildlife. We hope that mean human didn't set Shyla one step back
    Lily & Edward

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  19. We're so happy to hear Shyla is doing well. Thanks for sharing your amazing videos.

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  20. Living in the place you love with the people and dogs you love? Priceless

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  21. The young ones look so much lankier than the full grown guys....it seems like they really "fill out" when they grow up!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  22. So interesting to see the comparable sizes!
    Does Blondie have a sore shoulder? There were a few seconds when he seemed a bit off on the right fore. Hope it was just a momentary thing :)

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