02/03/2024

Black bear cubs make adorable “sound of contentment” over apple pile

A group of black bear cubs at a conservation centre in New Hampshire were treated to a massive pile of apples and expressed their enjoyment for the treat by making an audible buzzing sound.

Despite what people think, bears absolutely loves fruits, with forest fruits and apples in particular. So when this sanctuary decided to spoil their little residents with a pile of delicious apples, they captured the moment on video, and they had the sweetest surprise. The sound these ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇᴅ bear cubs make over their tasty meal is just heartwarming. They surprised even the caretakers, as black bears rarely vocalize.

The adorable scene was caught on camera at the Kilham Bear Center, by John Fusco – writer, producer and wildlife enthusiast. “Have you ever heard bear cubs make their ‘sound of contentment’?” Fusco later captioned the video when he shared it on Twitter. The clip quickly went viral and has received more than 600,000 views and over 25,000 likes since it was first posted.

Still, for most people, the answer to that question was probably no until they saw the video. It’s a rare—and most likely ʟɪꜰᴇ-ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛᴇɴɪɴɢ—opportunity for a person to get so close to a bear cub in the wild. However, the black bear cubs are actually ʀᴇsᴄᴜᴇᴅ cubs located at the Kilham Bear Center in New Hampshire. The organization has been rehabilitating and releasing ɪɴᴊᴜʀᴇᴅ, orphaned, and abandoned black bear cubs brought to the them by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department since 1993.

Rae Wynn-Grant, a conservation scientist and large carnivore ecologist, told the outlet that bears rarely vocalize, making the positive noises in Fusco’s video even more of a treat.

“They’re obviously in a healthy sanctuary … it kind of makes sense that they would be cooing and telling us how great they feel,” Wynn-Grant shared.

Fusco is pleased with the small clip’s success because it has helped raise money for the sanctuary, and has also raised awareness about some of the problems black bears face.

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