Probably not what you thought you’d see after reading the title of this post, but this furry soul has skills and remains one of my most favorite neighbors. Check it out.
A few years ago a tiny bear cub was found near Lake Tahoe. Half frozen to death there was no sight of Mom and one can only speculate of what happened. The Animal Ark, a non profit wildlife sanctuary was notified and the little cub was taken in. It received the name of L.G. which stands for little girl and little girl was nursed back to health. Growing bigger, oh my….little girl turned out that she was actually a little boy and was renamed to Eli. The initials L.G. still stand but instead they were changed to little guy who has grown into a full sized healthy bear over the years. Today the only reminder of his traumatic time alone in the freezing cold is that he lost the cartilage of his ears. Severe frostbite took its toll, but luckily it has not affected Eli’s ability to hear. He is healthy, beautiful and strong and has been given another chance at life thanks to the Animal Ark.
I visit every year and at his enclosure is usually where you will find me. I could watch him for hours, wishing each time that I could go inside and well yeah give him a great big bear hug. One of his favorite things to do is to play tether-ball and he is self taught. I think he has become quiet good at it, wouldn’t you say?