Ted is gentle and trusting to his human caretakers. Ted and Honey (now deceased, 2016) were raised together for ten years in captivity in Wisconsin. Ted was the smallest of three cubs. He is black most of the year but bleaches to dark brown in mid-summer when he begins shedding.
After a decade of caring for Ted and Honey, their owners were faced with new insurance rules that prevented them from keeping the bears any longer. They asked the North American Bear Center to give their beloved bears a home, and they arrived at the center on April 28, 2007 just prior to our opening in May 2007
Ted’s pleasant vocalizations assures us that he is trusting of his caretakers, but he reacts to Lucky as wild males would react to one another when a female is present during mating season. The years of playfulness with his playmate Lucky changed in 2012 when Lucky matured and became competition.
On August 20, 2020 Ted made the big move to his new peaceful quarters as he entered retirement. With the increased number of behind-the-scenes tours, (due to Covid-19) and his obligation to greet his guests, he was beginning to tire out. It was time to move him out of the limelight so he can relax and rest. Although Ted continues to struggle with arthritis he gets along pretty well. He is closely monitored by staff and his veterinarian. Ted will always receive lots of love and attention from the staff, interns, and occasionally some visitors. He has settled in nicely in his new enclosure.
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