Vail Black Bear Applies for Valet Parking Gig

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on August 30, 2009 12:32 pm

 

Surely excited by the news that Vail Resorts would be hiring more local, American workers, an identified black bear demonstrated his smooth valet skills on camera for future employers.   Showing precision and quickness while politley opening the passenger-side door should impress potential employers.

Couple of worthwhile stats to ponder with the vid above:
-Mid-90s estimate: between 339,000 and 465,000 black bears in U.S.
-Hibernation for black bears is not a coma-type sleep.  They are still alert.  Female black bears give birth during hibernation.  Rewinding to the embryo, female black bears utilize “embryonic diapause.”  The embryo does not immediately implant in the uterus after copulation.  It chills out, waits for the mother bear to chill out and hibernate.  When hibernation for the mother bear starts, dormacy of the embryo ceases.  With embryonic diapuase, the bear strategically plans for the best (safest) time for her to give birth.  And that’s not in summmer when breeding takes place.  A little planned parenthood.

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