5.7.10 The Night Visitor (Bear 2.0)

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You won't believe this, but there was ANOTHER bear in the yard and this one was ENORMOUS. Unfortunately, we couldn't get a picture because it was night. (This one is an approximation I pulled off the web.) We came home late and I was puttering in the kitchen when I heard some loudish crashing noises outside. Thinking it was G, I called out to him but he was in the bedroom, on the other side of the house! He immediately ran over with the night-vision goggles (the best birthday present I ever got him) and spied a huge bear UP IN THE TREE behind our house. It was trying to pry open our metal bird-feeder to get at the black sunflower seeds we've since learned are a bear favorite. (The feeder is now dismantled. Sorry, Tweety.) Then I looked through the goggles and was TERRIFIED! The bear was looking right at me and, because of the night vision, his eyes were like big green saucers. My heart was pounding and it didn't help that the sister-in-law was giving me a blow-by-blow over the phone of how a bear broke into David Letterman's house and ripped the door off his fridge. WTF? Our house started to feel like a cardboard shack. G said the bear was over 7 feet tall!!! But eventually it scrambled down and lumbered away, and later I fell so sound asleep I didn't even hear it come back in the middle of the night. Good thing G stays on the alert...
Tagged — bear, wildlife, creature, nature


oh my god what the f!!! i would not have been able to sleep. x shayma
shayma on May 7, 2010 at 11:31 am —
Wow ! We freaked out when we had a raccoon and 3 babies under the deck.... My heart would have been pounding too! Maybe they're coming out of hibernation ? I love that you have night vision goggles!
Mily on May 7, 2010 at 8:44 pm —
He looks rather sweet to me ;)
suzinn on May 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm —
OMG, this is one of the worst, most fright things I've ever read--in real life. RU sure that goggle-illuminated oso was staring RIGHT at you? And if so, how in the world did you ever go to sleep? I would've checked into a hotel immediately. No, make that packed up that cardboard-seeming house and hightailed it back to Manhattan. Suzinn, BTW, that slightly adorable--if huge--photo was a recreation. Not THE real oso. Xanax, anyone?
Hambrienta on May 8, 2010 at 9:33 pm —
His green-saucer eyes certainly seemed to lock onto mine—until I fled into the house!! I'm sure it's the same bear that repeatedly snuffled around the neighbor's house behind us last year, including rearing up on its hind legs to peer into the kitchen window. The guy, who works a night shift, had taken to keeping firecrackers in his car, as the bear was often stationed in front of his door when he came home in the wee hours!! NO!!
laura on May 9, 2010 at 5:00 am —