reply to post by PvtHudson
I believe the bear could be making a maneuver that many animals make and most commonly seen by humans when their pet dogs do it...
Even if you do not have a dog, you may have seen what I am about to describe.
Those of you who have had or do currently have a dog in your family will know what I am describing...
Whenever I want to spoil my dog a bit, I give him a piece of left over steak... also, he always loves a hambone during the holidays.
So excited to receive such a great tasting meal, my dog stuffs himself.
Like so many people do when we have just over-filled on great food, my dog also likes to head off to his favorite relaxing spot.
As he makes his way to the area rug, he drops his head down to the ground while keeping his hind legs in a standing position.
When he does this he usually slides the side of his head along the rug, like he's wiping his mouth. Many times he will transition the 'Rear-Standing
Face Slide' into a full on sprawling position, where he is either laying on his back or his side.
Sometimes he doesn't go straight into the 'Sprawling Glutton' position, instead he raises his head back up a bit and then repeats the 'Rear-Standing
Face Slide', this time on the other side of his head.
Sometimes he will do this and roll and squirm around a bit.
On several occassions I have seen him maneuver into the 'Rear-Standing Face Slide' in such a way that his head is close to his back paw and even
appears to be behind the rear paw as he throws himself into the 'Sprawling Glutton' position, ending up lying on his back.
If you have never seen a dog, or your own dog do this, then maybe you have seen them do a similar series of maneuvers outside in the grass.
They seem to do this when they are very satisfied...
Anyway, I believe what we may be witnessing is the Wild Black Bear rendition of the domesticated 'Rear-Standing Face Slide'
I'l look around and see if I can find a video that shows what I am referring to...
edit on 7-8-2012 by esteay812 because: tyops