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Old 01 October 2010, 09:34 PM
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Bear Bear bath

Comment: A couple of pictures were sent from a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend,
etc., about the people living in Colorado Springs who wondered why their water
barrel was almost empty every day. They set up a camera and caught a bear

Well, he's back. This is what I just received: Big Al came for his weekly
bath again this week. He really looks like he enjoys the experience. He
needs a bigger tub, will think about that for next year.

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Old 01 October 2010, 09:43 PM
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Well, that answers the age-old question about what a bear does in the woods.
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Old 01 October 2010, 09:54 PM
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Are we questioning the description?

It seems pretty plausible to me. Black bears can become very casual about people, they continue to play throughout adulthood, and they like water. It doesn't seem unbelievable to me that a wild bear would come play in a water barrel. It could also be a tame bear; quite a few people have them for various reasons. Or a bear in a zoo type setting, although I don't see any sort of enclosure.

Bears are pretty fascinating animals. They are top predators, so on the whole can afford to be much more laid back about life than animals that are more likely to be killed. I have always wondered just how much thought a bear is capable of. Their eyes look like they should be intelligent (whatever that means, I can't exactly articulate what makes an eye "look intelligent").
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Old 01 October 2010, 10:08 PM
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If you are so hungry that Cup-O-Soup can't fill that void, try new Cup-O-Bear. In Brown, Black, and Polar flavours. Try new Panda flavour (limited time only).
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Old 01 October 2010, 11:05 PM
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I do not see any reason a black bear would not play on a large tub of water. Black bears can be playful and do like water. Based on the amount of grass in the yard and the type of trees. I would guess this is a warm climate and a bear would enjoy some cooling off on a warm day.
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Old 02 October 2010, 12:58 AM
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Sort of the same on a small scale...

I had problems with ants on my hummingbird feeder, so I got an ant moat. It looks exactly like a small black umbrella hanging upside down in between the pole and the feeder, and it's filled with water. The ants can't cross it.

I was puzzled as to why it was emptying much faster than evaporation could account for, so I started keeping a weather eye on it.

We also have a finch feeder quite close to the hummingbird feeder, and they seem to regard the ant moat as a - fountain (I can't find the right word). Quite often after eating their fill they will fly over and have four or five sips of water before leaving.

I'm pretty sure they bathed in it a few times at first (judging by the sediment) and now just drink from it. I'm torn between being amused and being irritated. But now that they don't bathe in it I can rinse it out and refill it in the backyard rather than having to bring it in to wash it with the feeder, so it's okay.
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Old 02 October 2010, 02:48 AM
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Latiam, I solved the ant in the feeder dilemma with a liberal dab of Vaseline on the hook holding the feeder. The ants won't cross it and it doesn't evaporate.

I'd pay money to see your finches at their "fountain," though.
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Old 02 October 2010, 03:26 AM
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What were they using the water barrel for? Hopefully not drinking water.
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Old 02 October 2010, 04:07 AM
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When Mr. Woofer lived in Steamboat Springs, CO, he said it was not uncommon to find bears around the house and even on the porch. Bears do what they want.

Even here we still get raccoons and opossums sometimes brave enough to venture inside if a window is left open. One night a raccoon came in, stood at the cat door (we no longer have indoor/outdoor cats), and ate every Hershey's Crackle bar in a package of minis. We know because he left the wrappers inside the house in front of the cat door.

A quick Google found a multitude of results for these same images, same location (Colorado Springs), and same story.
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