Response to liberal N proud (Original post)
Tue May 28, 2013, 01:32 PM
Fla Dem (3,577 posts)
25. Wrong on so many levels...............
I applaud the guy for rescuing the bear cub, but that's where my support of him ends. This is still a wild animal, with wild animal instincts. The news is full of stories of "tamed" wild animals turing on their owners, family members or acquaintances. Very reckless to keep this bear in his home. This guy is now married, what happens when they have children? On another level, the bear belongs in the wild, to procreate, and do what wild animals do. Would his life be easier in the wild? Probably not, but that's nature.
What happens to this bear when the owner can no longer care for him, when his life situation changes. Will they then turn the bear out into the wild unprepared for living in the wild, without the benefit of ever socializing with other bears? Or will it end up caged some place where it won't get the love and care it's been used to?
The average lifespan of a grizzly in captivity is 40 years old. The average lifespan in the wild is typically 22 years old, but has been know to live as long as 34 years old.
With a 40 year life span, the bear could easily outlive this guy, and then what?
Okay, after reading some of the other posts, it seems as if this bear is kept in a wildlife sanctuary and the "guy" is a professional "naturalist". Given that information, it makes the story less dangerous and kinder to the bear. There wasn't a story at the link, just pictures which depicted the bear as living with the guy and his family. However, the pictures do show the bear in attendance at their family get togethers, the wedding, and interacting with a small child. Still very dangerous interactions.
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Wrong on so many levels...............
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