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Becky's "Christmas Bear" Wish
I recently watched the most incredible show on PBS about two newborn polar bear babies who were raised by humans. I was totally blown away and still am today. (Here's the link to the video, if interested. But beware, watching it may change your life! - http://www.rmpbs.org/videos/v_ks.html)Snow and Klondike, twin polar bears, were born in 1994 and raised their first year by the staff at the Denver Zoo whose uncommon dedication and skill saved Denver's own "bear babies". This was no ordinary feat. It required a nonstop labor of love by the zoo's staff to care for these orphaned polar bears. Due to the staff's intense, positive energy and the many citizens of Denver cheering them on, the bears, to everyone's amazement, survived. The zoo's achievement brought them and the city international acclaim. Unfortunately, because of the zoo's space constraints at that time, it sadly demanded that they share their babies with SeaWorld. ( Read about how the birth of the bears coincided with the opening of the new Artic section of SeaWorld in 1995. http://www.fleishman.com/overview/reputation/cipra/seaworld.html )
Today, the Denver Zoo is more sophisticated which, I think, was helped quite a bit by Snow and Klondike story's as it brought them the necessary attention and a deserved appreciation to obtain additional funding (as seen by the zoo's current developments - http://www.denverzoo.org/ )
For the past seven years, millions of people from all over the world have been able to enjoy the beauty and wonder of these two adorable "hand-raised" bears growing up at SeaWorld - http://www.seaworld.org/ However today, Snow and Klondike are eight years old -- adult polar bears who look like any other adult polar bear. The newness of the bears is over.
As any parent who has raised a child, for example, when you look at your aging middle-age son who is slightly balding, others may see just another balding middle-aged man, but a Mother remembers that little sweet baby whom she nursed and cuddled and protected. There is no other animal on this earth like a human Mother who has that lingering soft spot in her heart for her young.
Snow and Klondike may look like average adult polar bears, but they're
definitely not! When they were babies, the human scent to them meant "Mother
and Life." I bet that to the loving staff at the Denver Zoo ( the
bear's "Mothers") and the Denver residents ( the bear's "family"
who disagreed vehemently to move the bears to SeaWorld! ), when they see
Snow and Klondike again, in their minds the image of those sweet, fluffy
white baby bears who they nurtured, loved and cherished as their own is
Christmas is approaching, and Klondike and
Snow's story embody the meaning of Christmas - compassion for all living
beings, giving and sharing with loved ones and the world; and most importantly,
It is my Christmas wish that Snow and Klondike be returned to their
rightful home - the Denver Zoo.
Please join me to help make Klondike and Snow's special homecoming day at the Denver Zoo a reality. I am only one voice, but together, we can be heard and quite loudly.
I've never been to Denver, but I'll make a promise: the day that the
Denver Zoo opens their doors to a “Welcome Back Home Party” for Denver's
own "Christmas Bears" Klondike
I'll be one of the first in line with a tear on my cheek and a
smile in my heart.