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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

A Bear Takes a Nap in Front of my Trail Cam

We have vernal pools that start the spring full of nice, cool, and refreshing water. Then, they start to shrink until they finally become a dusty spot that does not look at all refreshing. Some years, they never go dry (the last year for that was 2016), and other years like this one, they go dry in May.

I love these pools because the wildlife love them. A parade of species, including bears, visit them regularly. You can imagine my disappointment when one was already dry at the end of May. I had two cams there, and I planned to move at least one of them in the near future. I simply didn't have time to move it on the first day that I saw that the pool was dry.

I'm so glad that I hadn't moved it yet when a bear moseyed up to the still slightly muddy vernal pool, lay down, and snoozed on and off for the next couple of hours. My trail cam kept triggering and triggering, and I have a complete record of his nap! Ha ha! That's not as boring as you might think because he didn't sleep deeply. He fidgeted, stretched, and yawned on and off the entire time.

Because I have so much cute footage of him, I will divide it up into at least two videos. I'll spare you watching him sleep (that is boring!) but I'll share the parts when he was fidgeting.

For some reason, he almost always propped one hind leg on a downed tree like in this photo. I am not sure why but it looked so human to me.

He rolled, sleeping on both sides at various times. His sleepy movements reminded me of myself when napping!

This is a fun video so check it out if you have time!


  1. I always wanted to see me while sleeping... seems the bear had the same idea LOL

  2. I can't stop giggling! I love it and my face is hurting from smiling. He is so sweet and the thing is this is the way big sleep we watch him all the time he rolls over he does almost exactly what the bear is doing including propping his leg up on the arm to the sofa. Love love love it

  3. That bear has some fun personality!

  4. Hi KB - I linked this one from YT to twitter - hope that's a good thing?

    1. Yes! I want to make a twitter presence but I have only single digit followers there (because I have never used the account). Thanks!

  5. That is so cute. He sure fidgets a lot. It was such a hot day that he was probably keeping one paw propped up to keep his belly cool. We can't wait to see part 2.

  6. It's so fascinating to watch! Such a beautiful animal - do you have a name for this one?

  7. That's one huge Awww. So adorable.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  8. Love the leg propped up on the branch. Can totally relate to the tossing and turning on warm days.

  9. Maybe he was opening up to be cooler by laying his back leg on the branch. It was great to be able to watch a full-grown bear stretch and roll and scratch. You couldn't have gotten a better angle!

  10. KB this is the most amazing video EVER!! OMB(ears) he does have several very human like styles of sleeping.
    Maybe the leg prop is to cool off his beary furry bear belly.
    Thank you!
    Hugs Cecilia

  11. He is so enjoying his nap. What a cute video!

  12. OMD, how did you gets a camera in Ma's bedroom??!!! Okays, the bear is SO much cuter than Ma, and has better manners, butts other than that, it's MA!
    Totally loved this! I'm gonna gets some poppycorn and margarita and come back for a second viewing.....
    Ruby ♥

  13. Yaaaawwwwnnnnn...What a wonderful peak into the (nap)life of a bear!!

  14. One leg propped up, was his arm hanging onto a branch above? Then those claws, hope he is very careful when he scratches himself. This is an eye into their life in reality, thanks so much for sharing, waiting for episode #2.

  15. That is such a cute video. I'm no expert, but to me, the bear looks like he feels very safe and comfortable, even when he's a bit restless. As for him stretching out his leg to touch something, Bertie often does that too when he's having a doze and he seems to prefer that that something is me!
    Cheers, Gail.

  16. LOL his fidgets reminded me of what I am like when trying to sleep when I am too hot :)

  17. Oh my goodness, he is so adorable! What a great accidental capture!

  18. Love, love, love the video!!! It was so cute when he would rub his tummy:) AND look at those claws!!!

  19. Where does a bear sleep? Anywhere he wants to :)
    Sweet video!

  20. The outstretched leg is too funny!!


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