Our Big Bear Family

Our Big Bear Family

JIM KOWALCZIK: We’re one big bear family! JIM KOWALCZIK: Our bear family is like every other family and stuff, you love them to
death, but there’s other times they drive you nuts, right? COMM: Jim and Susan run a centre for orphaned wildlife in Otisville, New York. SUSAN KOWALCZIK: I’m there every day, but he is the one that walks in the door and everybody
lights up. You know and it’s kind of funny, because they just love him to death. SUSAN KOWALCZIK: Come on, go inside or get out of the way! And I’m the one that does
all the work and he just has to walk in the door. COMM: This is Jimmy, a 21-year-old Kodiak bear rescued from a closing wildlife park.
He’s just one of the eleven bears that lives with them. JIM KOWALCZIK: They’ll knock you around a little bit and stuff, nothing, you know,
not maliciously, you know, but you gotta watch you don’t get scratched or poked in the
eye or something. Hey! You know better than that, what’re you doing? It’s all right. They could kill you, you know. He’d just have to hit you on time. COMM: Kodiak bears are one of the largest species in the world. SUSAN KOWALCZIK: He’s about 1400lbs and if he stood up on you on his hind legs, he’d
probably be about 9 feet tall. JIM KOWALCZIK: Think the strongest person you know or whatever and you can magnify that
by a thousand times. Yeah, he’s big! I mean, a small bear will kick your butt and he’s
got so much strength, all he would have to do is lay on you. SUSAN KOWALCIZK: He’s like them, he’s like a bear. He has no, no fear of them, it’s
really amazing! JIM KOWALCZIK: We’ve had Jimmy for 21 years now, got him as a little cub and he’s been
with us his whole life. COMM: Taking care of bears throughout their lives means that Jim and Susan develop deep
bonds with the animals. Interviewer: It’s actually the same as somebody who is mourning their child. Susan: Yeah, it’s, you know, it’s the same thing. You spend a lot of time with them, we care so much for them. We lost 4 altogether so far here. Jim: Would be just like burying one of your family members. I can’t do this! COMM: Back at the centre, it’s lunchtime. COMM: In the wild, these bears need to eat up to 90lbs of food every day. Everything
from baby elks to spawning salmon, berries and plants. JIM KOWALCZIK: You guys ready to eat? COMM: And here the bears enjoy a daily diet of meat, grains, breads, fruit and veg, with
the occasional marshmallow treat. JIM KOWALCZIK: These bears once in a while, they’re always looking for food, they really
don’t want for anything other than attention. COMM: One of the other bears at the centre is Jenny. SUSAN KOWALCIZK: When the bears are little and they’re with their mother, after they
drink their milk, they’ll suckle on her for a time and they, they make this little
noise that you hear. She just never grew up, she still does this. She looks at me as if
I’m her mother. When she gets to the pinky, she likes to just bite down on that pinky.
I love being around her and I’m happy that she feels that way about me still after all
these years. Oh peanuts? All right, I have some peanuts. SUSAN KOWALCIZK: It’s all a wonderful thing to watch them grow up and, and to have them
from very little and, and to make an impression on them.
JIM KOWALCIZIK: They’re like your children, that’s how much you love them. And they
give a lot back to you too, you know they, they love you just as much. Sometimes you
take it for granted, but it is a special relationship. SUSAN KOWALCZIK: Yeah, the bears are everything to me. I, I would do anything for them. I
spend all day with them every day. JIM KOWALCIZK: This is our life and we’re one big bear family!

100 thoughts on “Our Big Bear Family

  1. 2:39 “it’s just like BEARYING one of your family members”
    😭😂😂😂😭😭😂😭😂😂😎😎🔥🔥🔥 DESTROYED LIKE A BOSS 😎😎😫😫😒😒😏😏😏

  2. S T O O O O O P I D!!!!!!! What Dorks!!! Where do they FIND these people???
    Oh. That's Right!.. Places like Berkeley, Portland, San Francisco.. places that Produce JACK HOLES!!!

  3. Dear friends, please help to save unique Lion Park Taigan and Zoo Skazka (Fairy Tale) in Crimea. Oleg Zubkov, the director created the largest collection in Europe of lions and amur tigers. In addition to this collection. the park Taigan also offers refuge to 30 bears saved from circuses and poachers. Today the Park is facing the imminent threat of shutdown if the court rules in its favor december the 3rd. Since 2014 , Oleg had to attend 400 court hearings initiated against him by Ivanov, Chief Vet of Russian-controlled Crimea due his personal hatred and bias against the park's director. He has been raiding Oleg's parks non-stop and imposing skyrocketing fines under absurd pretexts. If it happens, all these animals will have a very sad fate decaying in tight cages with stale water in the Semfiropol local zoo-corner or they will become a prey of high-rank officials who enjoy so much hunting on them in enclosed spaces because they feel real men I guess shooting a helpless lion, tiger or bear. If it happens. it will be a blatant shame for Russia because the Park Taigan and Zoo Skazka are real pearls. Animals are kept there in conditions close to natural habitat, they are well-taken care of, well-fed and so full of Love. Oleg Zubkov created all this beauty at his own expense from scratch, set up his parks stone by stone and bred his animals helping tigresses and lionnesses to deliver their cubs. He is named Lion Man, he has a Huge Heart, his Parks are the Treasure on Earth; what a terrible tragedy it will be for all of us if it happens! Please, support Park Taigan by signing the petition and checking out the Taigan channel on Youtube. Pls, help!!! SOS!!!

    The link to the Petition: ​ http://chng.it/stcYkczY

    The youtube channel: Lions Taigan Park. Official INTERNATIONAL Channel
    THANK YOU!!!!

  4. I wish i can go travel where they are and spent time playing with that bear n take photos.. i love bear but unfortunately never see like this big one

  5. one day it will happen to them what happens to everyone who thinks it can tame wild animals, the only question is when it will happen…

  6. God bless you both for what you are doing for our brothers and sisters of the land.. They are massively beautiful creatures..

  7. Vent though it’s cute it’s stupid. You never know when a bear will get angry enough and bite your head off. Not even kidding, they’re wild animals, they can turn in a second.

  8. "Look for the bear necessities
    The simple bear necessities
    Forget about your worries and your strife
    I mean the bear necessities
    Old Mother Nature's recipes

    That brings the bear necessities of life"

    Baloo – "The Bear Necessities' – Jungle Book – 1967

  9. Burglar thief enters home.
    Bear: Surprise MOTHAFAKA'.
    Burglar thief: Aaaaaaaaaaaaa I think I entered wrong house aaaaaaaaaaaa let's get out of here aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

  10. These aren't one of the biggest bear species, they ARE the biggest. This species when hungry, will eat anything they come across. They've even been known to have eaten other bears such as brown bears, polar bears and even grizzleys. Basicly, only something l8ke a big elephant, rhyno or hippopotamus can stand up to one and I do emphasize big.

  11. Thank you both of you Jim and Susan, for this wonderful job you are doing through these years… May The Lord bless both of you!!

  12. Love all the comments but here's mine..

    Robber enters the House oh a Bear
    Robber: Unloads his Mack 10 in to the Bears chest, steps over the dead bear and continues to rob the place

  13. Сказать, что в шоке, ничего не сказать. Какие вы молодцы. Мишки просто обалденные.

  14. It's good to see the scale, a human along side of a bear just to remind you how much you need to respect them in the wild.

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