Jim Kowalczik and his wife Susan founded the Orphaned Wildlife Center, a 100-acre animal sanctuary in Otisville, New York devoted to bears. At the sanctuary, they focus on rehabilitation with the goal of eventually releasing them back into the wild.
But 11 of those bears—including Kodiak, Syrian, and Black bears—are there to stay, as they were exposed to too much human contact as cubs and would not survive on their own in the wild. Most of the bears there were rescued as cubs from breeding programs or nature reserves that closed down.
One of the bears, named Jim, was born in captivity and has lived with Kowalczik for 21 years! In the video, you can see Jim and his rescuer playing together. Jim is such a lover! He enjoys cuddling and getting his back rubbed. You can tell how much love he has for his human. Along with all of the other bears there. They have a beautiful and rare friendship!
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Watch the video below to learn more about their big bear family: