While many of us may not be super keen to frolic in the cold, these 4-legged furbears sure are.
Did you know that Northern Ontario is home to an amazing sanctuary for polar bears?!
The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat is both the largest, and the only human care facility in the world dedicated solely to polar bears. With 7 hectares of pristine, natural environment categorized as sub-arctic, the habitat also features the world’s largest enclosed lake that provides an ice platform for up to 7 months of the year.
And they’re inviting people to WATCH as two of their bears (Henry and Ganuk) take their FIRST STEPS onto their own private frozen lake this morning at 10am! The ice is about 30 cm thick, so it can easily support their weight. (Adult males can weigh anywhere from 750-1200 lbs!)
Big thanks to Karen from Cochrane Habitat for the quick replies (I only just wrote her yesterday, asking about the bears and she quickly wrote back with a link to the bears’ first experience swimming in the lake this past October).
Everyone there is super excited to see the bears’ reactions to their very own ‘skating rink’!
Plus, you can watch them live on-line anytime. (no guarantees though – which I like – the bears have lots of room to roam, so you won’t necessarily see them on camera every time!)
Wanna see them in person? It’s not exactly a quick jaunt in the car (more like an 8 hour journey), but here’s the map!