It Wasn’t What I Expected

It was my second time ever flying in a helicopter and I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. What I wasn’t expecting was what was going to be there when I stepped out that door. I knew what we were doing, the Changing Tides team just anesthetized a collared bear for sampling and measurements and I was there to document it. I knew everything that was going on. I knew that there was going to be a bear sleeping there. It must not have processed though.

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For some reason as I walked towards the bear, I was surprised that I could see it breathing. Her stomach was going up and down, and Joy was pouring water on her to make sure she didn’t overheat.

I don’t know why the bear breathing surprised me.

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This sow was estimated to be between 4-5 years old and was very tiny for her age! She weighed 228 pounds, but looked very healthy for her small size.

It was breathtaking. It was mind-blowing. It was amazing.

I touched a brown bears paw. I touched it’s fur. I watched carefully as the researchers were kind and respectful to this amazing animal.

I listened as the researchers explained their process to the lucky bear watchers who just happened to be in the area.

It wasn’t what I expected, but it was everything I had hoped for.

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