The big sleep

Our elderly Asiatic black bear, Inca, is enjoying her winter hibernation.

dzg_inca_bear_hibernateThe 33 year-old, who is one of DZG’s oldest animals, was lulled into her annual slumber by the recent cold snap.

Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, said: “Inca has dug out a deep nest in the woodchip in her outdoor enclosure where she has curled up and gone to sleep.

“She is also deciding to stay outside in the burrow during the night, with the woodchip keeping her warm.”

Inca will hibernate until February-March time, but could be woken for short spells in the duration if the weather gets warmer.

Keepers recently added more than 30 tonnes of woodchip to the enclosure in readiness for Inca’s hibernation, so she has plenty of chipping to snuggle into and keep cosy and warm during the coming months.