Tiny is a bear who you cannot mistaken for anyone else. He is truly gigantic. My guess is that his weight is north of 300 lbs.
His size really scares people who see him. I've had to soothe the fears few neighbors who reacted to seeing him by wanting to call the wildlife authorities on him. However, if you observe the role that Tiny plays in our bear population, it becomes clear that he really just wants to be a bear. He doesn't want to be near people, except when bear crops fail so he's too hungry to resist the garbage and bird feeders that people carelessly leave out. Every year, I hope with all my heart that he'll survive the dangers of humans to rule our bear world again.
he had injured the leg. This year, I don't know why he's lost a patch of fur.
It's not slowing him down with the ladies. The two photos above were from the only couple of hours that I've seen him without a sow this month.
His massive stature and handsomeness don't mean that the sows just worship him. In fact, one of the smaller sows decided that he was being too forward, and she rebuffed him. He approached her with a laser focus while grunting at her. She bared her teeth and pushed him with her two front paws. She surprised him with her feistiness! This was the instant when she pushed him away.
I made a short video of Tiny's travels with the sows over a few days earlier this month. Be sure to listen to the audio as you watch the video. Bears often vocalize when they're with other bears. You can watch here or at Youtube.
they are beautiful... and always if I see your free bears my heart is heavy for the poor guys in zoos or circusses ;O(((ReplyDelete
Yes, my heart is heavy about that too. Bears should be allowed to be bears.Delete
They sure are amazing and we love seeing them!ReplyDelete
Glad that you enjoy them. Another family kitty appearance happened which I'll show you soon. I know how you love the kitties!Delete
He seems to be "The Guy." Think of all those good genes he is passing along.ReplyDelete
It is cool to think about how many of the cubs next year will be his, and have his magnificent genes!Delete
Tiny is one magnificent hunk of bear... I love the way his fur looks in sunshine... she must have had a headache....ReplyDelete
Ha ha! Yes, a headache. I noticed that Tiny is looking pretty tired...Delete
Tiny sure is persistent. It would be interesting to see how many babies he has produced.ReplyDelete
Wouldn't it be fun if we could know which cubs are Tiny's? With Milton (former lead bear), it was more clear because they'd sometimes have a white patch on their chests, just like him.Delete
Poor Tiny! How could she not fall for him?! :). I love following your wildlife; I love it when, as you said, bears can be bears!ReplyDelete
Awwwww - poor rebuffed Tiny. That lady bear sure did put him in his place!ReplyDelete
Tiny is most tall, dark, handsome and muscular I can see why they sows like hanging out with him.ReplyDelete
Hugs madi and mom
What remarkable footage! Tiny is gorgeous but I'm happy to see that he respects a woman's right to say "no." Did his hair grow back after his injury? I truly enjoyed your video.ReplyDelete
We are chuckling at the comment about the sow having a headache:) She obviously did not like what Tiny was vocalizing to her! Tiny just wants to be a Papa Bear.ReplyDelete
Lots of mileage for their courtship.Poor girl, she might have been so tired. Love their talking!!!ReplyDelete
He is a big guy! We feel sure he found himself a sow who appreciates him. :)ReplyDelete
There are issues with bears in our state all the time. I wish people would learn not to attract them to their yards.
Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets
It is nice that Tiny understands no means no!ReplyDelete
You go Tiny but if you were human you would be part of the #MeToo movementReplyDelete
Such a nice bear. Hope he manages to stick around for a long time.ReplyDelete
Oh, poor Tiny, wells there a lots of other Bears in the forest! um, rights? I hopes Tiny gets a gal soon, he is just too handsome! Mark on Tiny, mark on...ReplyDelete
Tiny is magnificent!ReplyDelete
Hazel & Mabel
Wow, he's so much bigger than the sow(s)! Love watching him mark trees!ReplyDelete
What a handsome fella...and quite the Casanova too, LOL!ReplyDelete