Black bear astonishes zoo guests by climbing 50 feet up a tree; video

Black bear astonishes zoo guests by climbing 50 feet up a tree; video

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Black bear astonishes zoo guests by climbing 50 feet up a tree; video

Takoda the black bear 50 feet up a Douglas fir

When you’re a zoo animal, you find adventure and enrichment where you can within your enclosure.

Takoda, a male black bear who has lived at the Oregon Zoo since 2010, seems to regard the small forest of pine trees as a challenging means by which to obtain a fresh perspective of his surroundings.

On Wednesday morning, Takoda surprised his admirers – perhaps even zoo personnel – when he climbed 50 feet up a Douglas fir. The accompanying Facebook video shows the intrepid bear so high that he’s visible briefly as a mere silhouette.

Viewers who hadn’t watched the entire video – and Takoda’s successful descent – expressed concern for the bear’s safety. But most were simply amazed, even though black bears are expert tree climbers.

Takoda the black bear during his descent

“Sweet that our bear friends at the zoo are free to climb to new heights,” commented a viewer named Teri.

DeAnna added, “Thank you for giving your animal wards such a wonderful life.”

When Takoda finally reaches the grassy hill, the zoo crowd applauds.

Takoda very close to a successful descent

Takoda, which translates to “friend to all” in Sioux, was orphaned in the Montana wild. He was deemed unfit for survival in the wild after he became habituated to humans.

The Oregon Zoo’s Black Bear Ridge exhibit contains a small forest of Douglas fir trees, along with grassy slopes, to mimic Pacific Northwest black bears’ wild habitat. Bobcats also reside within the vast exhibit.

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