DOB: February, 2010
Weight: 260 lbs.
One of our newest additions found his way to the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary due to an all too familiar story:
Some people were feeding bears regularly in the area around Fallen Leaf campgrounds. The mother bear was fed so regularly that she was entirely dependent on handouts. Eventually she became so brazen in her search for food to feed her cub that she slapped a person in a tent. Fish and Game darted the mother and brought her in to their Rancho Cordova facility with her cub still clinging to her side. Due to the fact that this was not her first infraction and the need to test for rabies, Fish and Game was required to euthanize her. The Folsom Zoo Sanctuary was asked to accept her cub to prevent him from being euthanized as well.
While at Fish and Game he was neutered and his blood-work performed. He was small enough that he could be transported in a dog crate. He was then moved to our quarantine pen pending the results of his tests. He will be introduced to his new home and our other bears in the weeks and months ahead.
Updates from Zoo Keeper Amy
April 1, 2011 - Henry has moved! He is officially living in his “big boy bear” exhibit. After just a couple of weeks, Henry has gradually made his way down the long hallway past the adult bears (who were safely locked away). It took lots of courage for him get by one in particular; our only female, Tahoe.
Now, it’s true that mother bears are extremely bonded to their cubs. They will nurture and protect them at all costs. But, Tahoe has never been a mother and it’s not really her style to pretend to like little ones…or big ones for that matter. She is pretty aggressive to the other bears except her roomie, Sequoia whom she’s grown up with. There have been a few occasions in the wild where cubs will be “adopted” by another sow for one reason or another but, that is not common. And again, Tahoe isn’t the maternal type. But once Henry realized that she could not “get him” he became more confident to move past her and venture out into the awaiting playground that would be his new “territory”.
Henry’s been having the best time climbing trees, digging holes and playing in the pool. He’s even started coming nose to nose (through the protective wire of course) with the other bears, Tahoe included! She seems to be tolerating him much more but every now and then gives him a snort and chomp of the jaws to remind him who’s boss.
Be sure to join us on Saturday, 16 April 2011 to celebrate Bear Day! Hooray for Henry! There will be lots of activities and excellent information on bears and how to keep them wild. But the best part of all, you’ll get to see Henry. J