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Boys, Bears & Birthdays

5-24-19 Otis in bear den2 _U1A8010Happy 4th Birthday, Otis! How brave of you to squat inside a bear’s den which was occupied by a hibernating bear until shortly before you visited it. Four or five months without eating, drinking, peeing or pooping. Think you could do that?

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23 responses

  1. Elizabeth Hall

    Such a beautiful boy! And how lucky he is to grow up with a nature-loving family.

    May 24, 2019 at 7:18 am

  2. Mary

    What a joy to see this beautiful boy discovering nature. Otis and I share the same birthday. Happy birthday Otis (oh, and me too!).

    May 24, 2019 at 7:28 am

  3. Sally Gage

    What fun. A great photo memory for Otis.

    May 24, 2019 at 7:48 am

  4. Brenda

    ❤️❤️❤️

    Sent from my iPhone

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    May 24, 2019 at 7:56 am

  5. Happy Birthday Otis! You are lucky cub!

    May 24, 2019 at 8:07 am

  6. lucsea

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OTIS!!!!
    You are so loved! 🙂

    May 24, 2019 at 8:09 am

  7. Randi Filoon

    Hee hee! Love this! He is just the cutest Mary!

    Sent from my iPad

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    May 24, 2019 at 8:22 am

  8. Dudley Smith

    What a great looking boy. Dudley & Julie

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    From: Naturally Curious with Mary Holland [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Sent: Friday, May 24, 2019 7:09 AM To: djsmith37@comcast.net Subject: [New post] Boys, Bears & Birthdays

    Mary Holland posted: “Happy 4th Birthday, Otis! How brave of you to squat inside a bear’s den which was occupied by a hibernating bear until shortly before you visited it. Four or five months without eating, drinking, peeing or pooping. Think you could do that? Naturally C”

    May 24, 2019 at 8:47 am

  9. Janie

    What a wonderful young boy, and brave, too!

    May 24, 2019 at 9:03 am

  10. Alice Pratt

    Happy Cake ‘n Candles Day to Otis! Such a great age to discover & remember. Bears are very amazing!

    May 24, 2019 at 9:16 am

  11. Susan

    It’s been 4 years! Happy Birthday, Otis. I wish you many more exploration adventures in nature, especially with your grandmother.

    May 24, 2019 at 11:02 am

  12. moscowwoods

    Happy Birthday to Otis!

    A silly question, perhaps, but how did you know it was a bear den?

    Thanks!

    May 24, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    • Fish and Wildlife found it from a tracking collar, and I was told about it. Same bear I photographed for “Yodel the Yearling.”

      May 24, 2019 at 6:08 pm

  13. Rebecca Gardner

    That was really cute.

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    May 24, 2019 at 3:29 pm

  14. Dudley Carlson

    Happy birthday, Otis! You lucky boy, to have a grandmother who understands boys, bears and birds and is willing to share them all. Learn all you can from her; she’s one very special lady! And thanks, Mary, for sharing your family with all of us.

    May 24, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    • You’re so very welcome, Dudley. It is I who is lucky to have readers as kind as you.

      May 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm

  15. Raising him up right with a love and appreciation for nature. 🙂 HB, Otis!

    May 24, 2019 at 7:57 pm

  16. judilindsey

    Mary,

    Your grandson is simply precious. Thank you for sharing this cute photo!

    Judi

    > WordPress.com

    May 24, 2019 at 8:41 pm

  17. Bill On The Hill

    I’m a day late, story of my life! A belated Happy Birthday to Otis with many more years of exploration ahead of him with his grandmother!
    Bill… :~)

    May 25, 2019 at 8:21 am

  18. Frances Henry

    oh my gosh, Mary Holland, what a wonderful post! thank you. a delighted reader.

    On Fri, May 24, 2019 at 7:09 AM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “Happy 4th Birthday, Otis! How brave of you to squat > inside a bear’s den which was occupied by a hibernating bear until shortly > before you visited it. Four or five months without eating, drinking, peeing > or pooping. Think you could do that? Naturally C” >

    May 25, 2019 at 10:09 am

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