Thursday, October 28, 2010

HIBERNATION (or, Hi-Bear-nation)

Yes, it is getting to be that time of year. Colder temperatures; the arrival of snow. I'm very sleepy, and I'm getting foggy-brained.

Hibernation time. 

I've got a really nice den picked out. The foxes used it over the summer for their family home, but they have moved on. This is good. I've tried it out, again, and it's good!

Unlike some other animals, Bears are not "true" hibernators. We don't really pack it in for the whole winter. Like other animals who go into hibernation, our whole bodies (metabolism) slow down, and we live on stored energy. But, on nice days, we come out of our dens, to stretch and enjoy the sunshine, and maybe grab a snack.

So if you don't see me around as much, don't worry; I've just gone into hibernation. And if I show up at your place, don't panic; it's just too nice a day to be sleeping.

And, lest you be concerned, I've made contingency plans for Her Ladyship, Miss Sadie. She will receive excellent care; no question. She may even come to my den to sleep for the night.

See you in the spring, or perhaps earlier. I hope you have a good winter!

Footnote:
Not only is everything covered with ice and snow, this is the first day on which the high temperature for the day will be zero°C, or less.

16 comments:

Gaston Studio said...

LOL, you have a nice winter sleep Rob-Bear and don't let the bed bugs bite.... unless there aren't bed bugs in your den.

Rob-bear said...

® GS: Thank you, Jane. No bed bugs in my den; it's way too cold in here for them. ;)
See you in the spring (or perhaps earlier).

jane said...

Hi Bear

I have a very large jar of honey in my larder if you drop in -

Rob-bear said...

® Jane: Thanks for the note about the honey. When I'm awake and looking for a snack, I'll certainly drop over. Well, virtually. Saskatchewan, Canada to Shropshire, England is a bit of a hike for even the hardiest of Bears.

potsoc said...

Hope for many nice days.

ain't for city gals said...

Brrrr..I can't imagine !

Rob-bear said...

® potsoc: Thanks; I'm looking forward to a long winter's nap.

® afcg: If I were to send you a truck load of show and ice, would that help to de-mistify the experience for you?
Actually, that probably wouldn't work; the snow and ice would likely all melt long before it got to you.
Maybe just check the pictures. Or climb into a freezer for 15 minutes. (Skip that — I wouldn't want you to get stuck in there and suffocate!)

Natalie said...

Enjoy your rest, Bearet. Still can't get my head around that sort of cold.x

Nancy said...

Brrrr - smart thing to hibernate in a nice warm den. I watched a clip yesterday about a comedienne going with the forest service in Alberta to tag hibernating bears. Watching them pull the bears from their warm beds made me a little sad, especially with the babies not wanting to be disturbed. All for a good cause, I guess.

Wendy said...

Pleasant dreams of spring, bear - see you when the sun is shining :o)

Teacher's Pet said...

Love the idea of hibernating....Yes, I do. As you curl up into your warm den, don't forget to peek out now and then and let us know how you are doing. I care. Have a restful sleep, Rob....(no bear snoring allowed!)
:))))
Smiles and hugs,
Jackie

GutsyWriter said...

Well, I look forward to the occasional visit. Sleep well, rest, replenishing your batteries and see you when I see you. All the best. Sonia.

Amanda said...

ahhhh stay snug and happy r-bear mon ami!!!
xoxo

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Chèr bear, I'll keep it warm over at my blog if you happen to wake and want a warm place guaranteed to have a display of edibles at least once a week. Now, I am not promising that they will all be healthy for bears, but I do have a visit to the "honey store" in Paris lined up in the next couple of weeks.

It is so warm where I live that we have been known to turn on the A/C on Christmas day so we can have a fire in the fireplace... shhhhhh, don't tell anyone.

Genie

Diana said...

I'll be sure to leave a snack out on sunny winter days. Just in case!
I'm in the process of making my den more comfortable for winter, although snow here won't come for awhile yet!
Love Di ♥

mollygolver said...

Wrap up warm, Bear and keep snug. We'll be looking out for you at the earliest possible moment. All the best Molly x