A moment’s shock, then siblings recognize each other

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A moment's shock, then siblings recognize each other

Sam and Jameela in Bear Country: A moment of shock, then siblings recognize each other

Jameela and Sam, the new residents of Arosa Bear Sanctuary, met for the first time. The animals are startled for a short time before going into the attack position, only to smell each other familiarly shortly after.

08.08.2022

Jameela and Sam, the new residents of Arosa Bear Sanctuary, met for the first time. The animals are startled for a short time before going into the attack position, only to smell each other familiarly shortly after.

Male bear Sam, 18 years old, and his sister Jameela, who is the same age, were transferred last May from Skopje Zoo to Arosa Bear Sanctuary by animal welfare organization Four Paws.

Over the past few weeks, the two animals have been able to get to know the external features individually.

This Monday was the next big day for the bearish pair from North Macedonia: socializing.

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Jamila and Sam met face-to-face for the first time. Although the two animals are siblings, they have been kept separately at the Skopje Zoo until now.

Sam pushes Jameela from behind

Livestock and visitors alike were enthralled by the reactions of the two wild animals this morning. “We could not predict whether the two recognize each other as siblings or whether they form a hierarchy like bears,” says Hans Schmid, scientific director of the Arosa Bayer Sanctuary.

When the outdoor area slider is opened at 10 a.m., Sam goes out first. He grazes in peace.

Minutes later Jameela also wants to know what is happening outside. With her back to Sam and directly under the visitor’s platform, she pauses briefly in front of the entrance to her stables.

However, as soon as Sam notices his sister, he moves towards her in swift steps – and pushes her from behind.

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«At that time, Jamila the bear got scared and went into a position to attack like a bear. But then he soon realized that nothing would happen to him. And so the two animals sniffed each other quite familiarly after the first moment of shock,” Hans Schmid explains of the behavior of the two siblings.

first punch, then sniff

The short fight with harmless paw slaps is followed a short time later by a friendly sniff. The bears seem to be coping well with the new situation. It seems that socialization is stress-free and familiar for the two animals.

Arosa Bear Sanctuary aims to enable residents to live as close to nature as possible. This means that the animals do not have a separate habitat, but they share it with their own characteristics.

So that all bears have a place to retreat at any given time, it is part of the socialization strategy that each animal can first gain an overview of the structurally rich, natural terrain. Rocks, clusters of trees and caves provide ample shelter for this in an outdoor area of ​​about three hectares.

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With Sam and Jamila getting together today, the two bear siblings have passed another milestone in their new lives. Over the next few days, the two must get used to each other so that they can socialize with the other two residents of Bear Country, Amelia and Mimo.


Jamila and Sam are allowed to grow old in an intact mountain world

Bear siblings Jamila and Sam arrived in Arosa, Bear Country, from Skopje Zoo today. The reason for the move is the poor living conditions of sibling bears in North Macedonia.

20.05.2022


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