Part Two at The Panyu Sanctuary - Digger, the smallest at the Sanctuary
Her long, thick ruff nearly brushes the ground as she pads around the enclosure, sniffing for treats. She is quick and bright and always a little suspicious of one’s intentions, as any self-respecting female bear will be. One cannot fool her into anything. If one wants her to enter the weigh cage, for example, or asks her to shift from one den to another, one has to give her a very good reason to do so and then plenty of time to make up her mind and don’t bother trying to rush her. But once she decides, she is there, lickety-split. Her poor little legs are so short that just to cross the little ledge between dens, she climbs onto it first with her elbows, wriggles her way over it, and then scrambles her little hind legs across.
Cute as this is to watch, it is a sad and permanent testament to the malnutrition and abuse that she suffered in the bear cage. Her blessed and forgiving bear nature doesn’t appear to hold anything against us, however, as she scurries toward the keeper offering oranges. And woe to one of the big boys if they stand in her way!
Digger is the little bear under the new playing structure in the picture above.