Ben was released from the bear house to the outside enclosure at our BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh in Vietnam 🇻🇳. He really likes to be outside. For now he “only” uses the small enclosure, which was formally built for Long🐻 and not one of the bigger ones. It took him a while but now Ben also goes into the pool💦 and loves it.
Unfortunately, Ben shows some stereotyping behaviour, like pacing. Our team are doing positive reinforcement training with him and he also gets environmental enrichment. So far Ben does not pay any attention to the other bears. But at some point, the team will try to integrate him to other bears. 🧡
A very important part of animal care is ‘environmental enrichment’, which is necessary for optimal physical and psychological well-being of our rescued bears. Enrichment is the provision of environmental stimuli to encourage the expression of bears natural behaviours, allowing choice and increased control over their environment 🌳, preventing boredom and reducing stress.
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