Bears may be scary if you come across one in the woods, but they're the absolute opposite when they're snoozing in their dens. In fact, the cuteness of sleeping bears might be where the ever-popular teddy bear came from. Thanks to Grouse Mountain's live webcam feed, you can catch how two B.C. bears hibernate during the winter. Full disclosure: there is a lot of napping.
In case you ever wonder what it'd be like to hibernate for a whole season, these bears can teach you a lesson or two. You can catch the live feed here on the Grouse Mountain bear den page.
The camera is placed inside their hibernation den and uses infrared technology that enables us to see the bears without disturbing their daily activities.
But let's be serious, these bears aren't getting up to much outside of napping and cuddling with each other. And we can't stop watching. Though, they do leave the den from time to time.
The description above the "nap cam" reads, "During hibernation, the bears will go into a deep sleep and will not eat, drink, defecate or urinate for as long as 5 months before emerging in the spring."
However, it's not like they're completely immobile. Every so often, they are seen stretching, rolling over, sitting, standing up, and some grooming, as mentioned in the description.
If you click on the top right corner of the feed and check out yesterday's timelapse, you will see everything they did the previous day in fast motion. On today's, you see the bears leave the den. Total plot twist.
The bear celebrities in question are Grinder and Coola, both of whom were rescued in 2001. As stated in their origin stories posted on the Grouse Mountain website, Grinder was found in Invermere, B.C., and Coola was found "orphaned on a highway near Bella Coola, BC."
Grouse Mountain says that Grinder is the dominant bear despite his smaller size, whereas Coola just follows Grinder's lead in "new discoveries." If you catch the bears fighting, you can probably be sure that Grinder was the instigator.
Regardless, the bears are more interested in cuddling than fighting nowadays anyway. At least before spring rears its head in the coming months.
This is the 19th hibernation period for both the cuddly bears in Grouse Mountain, so they've had plenty of practice in mastering the art of napping.
We think it takes plenty of determination and resilience to have to sleep continuously for five months straight, especially when Canadian winters can get a little rough.
But Grinder and Coola have it down to a system. If only we could feel as content in napping during the entire season.
In addition to the bear den cam, the Grouse Mountain is also offering up views from the City View cam, the Snow cam, and the Chalet cam.
So if you feel bad about not making it to the resort, at least you can vicariously live through those experiences thanks to their convenient webcams.