Tuesday, August 10, 2010

An unreal experience

Let me ask all of you a question. How many of you have had the experience of washing your car while a bear looks on?

On Sunday morning Rick decided to give Mia a much needed bath so he pulled her around in front of the house where we are able to access the hose from the back yard. The turkey had been around, so I had scattered a few handfuls of seed and cracked corn.

We were almost done when I heard a sharp, loud snap of wood. I looked up to see a bear approaching through the trees. I whispered quietly to Rick “there’s a bear coming!” When it broke through the trees I could see that it was the same yearling cub from Friday. It seemed to walk on tippy-toes over to where I had scattered the handfuls of food, watching us out of the corner of its eye. So, there we were. Rick and I froze for a few seconds wondering what to do next since the bear was only a mere 15 feet away from us with the car in-between us. We could not believe it.  It didn’t seem to care about us being there at all! I was too stunned to even try to go back in the house to get the camera, but oh what a photo it would have made.

When I opened the car door to do the inside of the window the bear spooked and ran off into the trees but within two seconds was right back again. Rick didn’t want to go around the side of the car that the bear was on which was of course the side we still needed to finish up. I stepped up to the front side of the car (but not in front of it) to get the hood, keeping an eye on the small bruin the whole time.

I wasn’t afraid; it’s weird. Here I was ten feet from a bear and I was not in a panic. I don’t know how to describe it but a mutual unspoken trust seemed to hang between us. I won’t bother you if you don’t bother me. I moved slowly. A few times when Rick moved the bear took a few steps back eyeing him warily, but that was about it.

This went on for a good ten minutes and it was really getting ridiculous. I mean, here we were calming buffing the car next to a bear! Who would believe us? Never in a million years did I ever think a bear would knowingly get that close to us. Just as Rick was going to get in the car and back it up so we could finish the other side, Bella saw the bear from the computer room window and started barking. That did the trick. The bear took off and didn’t come back.

I think it’s a female. So she’s going to have a french name for bold and daring: Hardi (pronounced ar-di).

I took these photos of Mia today in approximately the same position that she was in while we washed her. Just use your imagination.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Here I stood right next to the car in the same position that I was in while the bear was there.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

And here I am including a photo taken of the bear on Friday. You can see the same tree stump by the bear.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

It’s not something either Rick or I are going to forget very soon! I guess I am going to have to quit feeding my turkey.


Unless you want a pet bear!  smile

Unreal.  Since I never wash my car, I doubt I’ll ever have that experience!

One word…WOW!

Maggie, even though I always name the bears that come into my yard, I surely don’t ever consider them pets—or want them as one! Poor turkey will have to go hungry for a while.

Debra, yeah. That about sums it up!


is this bear old enough for momma bear to be gone? otherwise, I would have backed away slowly and hid in the house. yep…yep…

Caite, no momma in sight, we’re pretty sure he’s on his own.

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