Bethel the Kodiak bear one of the oldest

I’m not sure what human decade she is. I noticed in the video that she has teeth. Too bad she only gets salmon once a year, but the Kuskokwim River is rather far away (and at the opposite time of year).

Bethel the Kodiak brown bear, celebrating birthday in Australia

Bethel the Kodiak brown bear, celebrating birthday in Australia

Not grizzly at all… Bethel the kodiak bear lounges in her enclosure at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. (ABC news)

Australia’s oldest bear has celebrated its 32nd birthday.

Bethel the kodiak [sic] bear also has the distinction of being one of the oldest of its species in the world.

It’s become a birthday ritual that never fails to delight the grand old dame of Taronga Zoo.

“She was bashing at the door as soon as she could smell that salmon coming in,” said zookeeper Deb Olsen.

“She knows that it’s a special day when she sees the big salmon there.”

I noticed while reading up on Bethel’s birthday bash that the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) has a tag or category for news feeds called aged-care. Click on the ink below to add it to your news reader.


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  • 3 Responses to “Bethel the Kodiak bear one of the oldest”


    1. 1 naomidagenbloom 2009 May 10 at 5:36 am

      Thinking about you and hoping all is okay. Have you seen Millie Garfield’s arthritis cure–golden raisins soaked in gin. Just nine every morning. Seem something that would resonate in Alaska? yours, naomi

      • 2 vuee 2009 May 10 at 11:28 am

        Much quieter than I would like. Alaska simply doesn’t have much in the way of basic resources for older people so scrounging and such is exhausting. For example, low income energy assistance from the state will not cover all the fuel needed for a winter (unless one is very frugal, i.e., can tolerate 65 degrees at head height and 40 degrees at foot level and shut all but one small room). The LIHEAP process this year took from December 11 to April for the state to review applications. The Alaska bloggers (known by a certain governor by various epithets) covered the food vs fuel crisis this past winter. But really, it was a crisis in 2007-2008. A preventable crisis.

        Speaking of arthritis, tech support needs a new hip. All that fieldwork, carrying books on hips as a school girl, and tundra tramping. So, just nine cups a morning of Millie’s remedy would do?

    2. 3 naomi dagen bloom 2009 May 13 at 6:27 pm

      No, no, no…just nine individual raisins! Too much a temperance devotee to support cups full. Though that much might work for hip work. Hoping warmer weather makes a difference. yours, naomi


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