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Long hibernation period at BEAR PARK Arbesbach

The six inhabitants of Austrian BEAR PARK Arbesbach have started to prepare for their winter break as early as late October this season. When the snow began to fall, their was no trace to be found and the bears had entered their typical hibernation.


Vinzenz, Liese, Tom and Jerry were the first to retreat to their caves. Like every year Liese and Vinzenz, as well as Tom and Jerry, are sharing a dwelling. Brumca is resting in a cave far from the other bears – and Lara, like most of the others, moved into an artificial den. When temperatures were rising in January, melting the snow, Liese started to leave her winter abode regularly and roam her territory. She also began to search for food again and was subsequently supported by the FOUR PAWS animal keepers on site. Soon as the winter gets rougher again, it won’t be a problem for the female to return to her cave and stop eating again.

Metabolic differences are natural

In nature, bears are hibernating due to the lack of available food. An animal with such a high nutritious demand, feasting mainly on herbal materials, would hardly stand a chance of survival in such meagre times. Therefore bears incorporate fat reserves in order to maintain an inactive state for an entire winter. The seasonal resting phase can be flexible, though. The metabolic adjustment differs from animal to animal and may even be left out in some cases – or at least take place in a much shorter period.