No, this picture isn’t photoshopped–it’s me with a real 700-pound bear named Buffy.
Recently I wrote a post for The Kill Zone about interesting people I’ve met while researching articles. One of those is Ben Mikaelsen, an award-winning children’s author. Ben adopted a research cub that couldn’t be released into the wild. Buffy inspired several of his books.
When Ben graciously invited me to visit his home outside Bozeman, Montana, and meet Buffy, I couldn’t say YES fast enough!
Fun fact: bears have a prehensile lower lip, like an elephant’s trunk. In this photo, I was feeding him a favorite treat, Wheat Thins. He didn’t take the cracker with his tongue or teeth. Instead, his lower lip ever so gently wrapped around it.
Recently I ran across this old photo, taken back in the 1990s. Buffy lived to age 27 and is now foraging in a heavenly field of spring dandelions.
Meeting him remains one of my all-time favorite memories. I want to share it with you.
What a great Montana story and photo. Thanks for sharing, Debbie.
Thanks, Deb. It was a real privilege.
Love it! Such a memorable moment for you.
Thanks, Janet. Buffy was absolutely gorgeous.
Should we make it to Heaven, will you introduce us? Just being in close proximity to God’s amazing wild creatures is a great privilege and gift. This once happened to me with a wild moose and filled me with awe and gratitude that he would allow me to stand close to him.
Absolutely, Mary Ellen! Just remember to bring Wheat Thins.
A wild moose would be incredible. I’ve never seen one after 30+ years of living in Montana. How wonderful for you!
Sweet. I recall Ben and your visit. A thrill.
Ben is a terrific guy and excellent speaker. Thanks for stopping by, Betty.
What a photo! And what a great memory to have. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.
Buffy was gorgeous and very gentle. Glad you enjoyed the photo, Kay.