Wednesday Creature Feature ~ June 3, 2020


Bear Breaks into Gatlinburg Cabin with Guests Inside!

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Anytime we go into the woods we as humans have to realize we are walking into the animals homes. Although this never really prepares us for something like this to happen. A group of friends were visiting Gatlinburg when they got an unexpected guest.

She just started pointing and I was like, ‘what?’ and so I turned and looked and there’s a bear just putting his full force on the door. And then the door opens, Eberhart said.

The bear was leaning on the door when all of a sudden it opened. Those that were in the home removed themselves from the situation and are safe. Park rangers said that usually bears do not come looking for food on someones porch unless they have been around humans that have given them food in the past. Bears are coming out of hibernation so it is not uncommon to see them right now.

They got 5 pounds of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and a pound of M&M’s and two pounds of Sour Patch Kids and two bags of potato chips… two beers and two Diet Cokes and about 20 Zyrtecs. Eberhart said.

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Sea Turtles Thriving on Empty Florida Beach During Pandemic!

As we talked in our last creature feature, turtles all over the world are thriving since tourists have been minimal during lockdown. This is no different for Florida turtles.

As of April 18, the center’s team noted 79 sea turtle nests along the 9.5-mile stretch of beach — 76 leatherback nests and three loggerhead nests. Sarah Hirsch, senior manager of research and data at the center, said that number is a significant increase from the same period last year.

There have been leatherback and loggerhead both presenting nests. The leatherback are the largest on Earth but are endangered because they do not have a hard shell on their backs like the loggerhead. Both are endangered but loggerhead are still abundant.

Our world has changed, but these turtles have been doing this for millions of years and it’s just reassuring and gives us hope that the world is still going on, she said.

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