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Baby bears’ picnic descends into farce at Washington DC zoo | Mail Online


 

Who’s been reading my paper and eaten it all up? Baby bears’ picnic descends into farce

By Daily Mail Reporter
The way she behaves you’d think she was human. A read of the morning newspaper followed by a rigorous yoga session.

Until, that is, Chaska the cuddly one-year-old Andean bear decides to start eating her paper.
And the yoga descends into a wrestling match after her twin-brother Bernardo decides to join in.

Even the simple act of chewing on sticks becomes a tug of war between the siblings as they playfully vie for supremacy, under the watchful eye of their mother, Billie-Jean.

Chewing it over: Chaska flicks through the morning paper at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Moments later she was eating up the news

Chewing it over: Chaska flicks through the morning paper at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Moments later she was eating up the news

Stretching a point: Chaska's yoga session was going fine until her one-year-old twin brother Bernardo decided to flex his muscles

Stretching a point: Chaska’s yoga session was going fine until her one-year-old twin brother Bernardo, right, decided to flex his muscles

Chaska eventually admits defeat and simply settles down to munch away in peace.

Photographer Jennifer Lockridge took these heart warming pictures during one of her regular visits to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC.

‘The bears have wonderful personalities,’ Jennifer explained. ‘Chaska is a very smart bear and it was so funny of her to adopt an almost human-like stance.’

Zookeepers use toys to help stimulate the bears and keep their minds and bodies active.

Hand it over: Bernardo can't even leave his sister Chaska to chew her stick in peace without putting his paw in

Hand it over: Bernardo can’t even leave his sister Chaska to chew her stick in peace without putting his paw in

Jennifer, 42, from Maryland, USA, has been a regular visitor to the zoo for the past five years, recording the lives and antics of the beautiful creatures living there.

‘I use my photography to raise awareness and funds for endangered animals,’ said Jennifer.

‘I hope my photography provides the viewer a moment of beauty, humour or appreciation of what is truly wonderful and beautiful in our world, rather than concentrating on the negative images and stories we are bombarded with on a daily basis.’

The bears live in a large enclosure with trees, grasses and bushes to play in as well as climbing structures and a man-made pool for them to cool down in. They are rarely seen in the wild and are classified as at risk because of the destruction to their forests in South America.

As well as the Andean bears, the zoo is home to 2,000 other animals from 400

Baby bears’ picnic descends into farce at Washington DC zoo | Mail Online

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January 18, 2011 - Posted by | Animals, Blog, Blogroll, CELEBRITY, Entertainement, Food, Funny, nature, Weird |

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