2023—Teddy Bear Memories

The Kodiak Brown Bear we came to know as “Lonely Bear” because it was always alone, would often sit and watch us as we watched back from the flats on the Uganik River that runs through Kodiak Island in Alaska. I was amused at this particular pose which it held for quite some time because it reminded me of a stuffed Teddy bear perched on a kid’s bed at the ready for play. My oldest brother had a Steiff Teddy bear that by the time I encountered it was pretty moth-eaten but whenever I would see a huge Kodiak Brown Bear in what I call a “Teddy bear” pose, that ratty bear always came to mind.

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