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Old Today, 11:41 AM
 
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Maybe the kid found a bear den and crawled in? The bear would probably be too sleepy to care, and the protection from the weather afforded by the den would help keep the kid from freezing to death.
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Old Today, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Bear or not, the kid was comforted by this. Be it dog, bear, beaver, coyote, vision etc......it helped him through the most trying of times.
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Old Today, 11:42 AM
 
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Oh please. On the off-chance that a bear was even awake, real life doesn't work like a Disney movie.



https://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/...ar-Hibernation
Did you read the article. Bears in North Carolina hibernate as early as November and as late as January and come out as early as February and as late as January. Male bears tend to hibernate later and they may come out of their den if they hear something. This is why some people think coastal bears don't hibernate as they can be seen in every month of the year. Was it a bear or a dog? Who knows but it was something as that child should not have survived two nights in the woods in January when temps dipped below freezing.
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Old Today, 11:52 AM
 
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Did you read the article. Bears in North Carolina hibernate as early as November and as late as January and come out as early as February and as late as January. Male bears tend to hibernate later and they may come out of their den if they hear something. This is why some people think coastal bears don't hibernate as they can be seen in every month of the year. Was it a bear or a dog? Who knows but it was something as that child should not have survived two nights in the woods in January when temps dipped below freezing.
I've seen more bears in one day than most of C-D will see in their entire lives. Real bears aren't teddy bears.

Anyone who thinks this could have been a bear clearly believes that Disney movies and cartoons are documentaries.

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Old Today, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ
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Did you read the article. Bears in North Carolina hibernate as early as November and as late as January and come out as early as February and as late as January. Male bears tend to hibernate later and they may come out of their den if they hear something. This is why some people think coastal bears don't hibernate as they can be seen in every month of the year. Was it a bear or a dog? Who knows but it was something as that child should not have survived two nights in the woods in January when temps dipped below freezing.
We also had torrential unrelenting rain on Thursday, with all the streams and creeks in eastern NC my fear was they were going to find him drowned.
Be the bear real or a child's imagination I'm happy it helped him survive
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Old Today, 12:03 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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The report doesn't say why the child left his grandmother's backyard in the first place. And one wonders if the other kids present have been interviewed about whether they noticed him leaving. There's a key part of the story missing. Why would a kid leave someone's backyard, and just wander off into the woods? I guess this is something some toddlers do, out of curiosity? IDK. And did anyone ask the child, how the "bear" managed to feed him, or what he ate for two days?

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Old Today, 12:15 PM
 
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LOL. Only on City Data.

Any self-respecting bear is going to be cozy in its den this time of year instead of auditioning for a Disney movie.

I've lived around bears all my life and this just isn't what happens.
Maybe North Carolina bears are friendlier than your local bears.


This NC lady cuddled in bed with bears.

https://www.coastalreview.org/2015/0...us-life-death/

I, too, wonder how the child survived the freezing temperatures and heavy rains.
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Old Today, 12:22 PM
 
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Maybe North Carolina bears are friendlier than your local bears.


This NC lady cuddled in bed with bears.

https://www.coastalreview.org/2015/0...us-life-death/
Right. Friendlier bears.

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Affectionately known as the “Bear Lady” by folks who knew of her passion for protecting the bears, Grayson had apparently been pulled onto the dirt path by a bear. Only bits of her clothing and hair, along with bones, were found at the scene.
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Old Today, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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I've seen more bears in one day than most of C-D will see in their entire lives. Real bears aren't teddy bears.

Anyone who thinks this could have been a bear clearly believes that Disney movies and cartoons are documentaries.
Black bears in the more heavily populated parts of the continental US aren't teddy bears, but they aren't slavering monsters, either. It's unusual for them to be aggressive toward people, and may of them will allow people to approach quite closely without becoming upset. Back when I lived in Pennsylvania I spent many a night stargazing in Black Moshannon State Park, and bears regularly visited the clearing while I and my fellow astronomy club members were there. They stayed at their end of the clearing, and we stayed in ours, and there were no problems. The biggest threat they posed to our safety was on the drive home, as a black bear on a black asphalt road on a moonless night is pretty hard to see.

We'll never know for sure that happened with that kid, but a three year old is pretty non-threatening. I can't see a black bear actively helping him, but I can see one tolerating his presence (particularly if the bear is rather somnolent).
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Old Today, 12:52 PM
 
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The kid was missing for 2-3 days when he wandered off into the woods in sub freezing temps. When finally found he was in pretty good shape and told his rescuers he hung out with a new found friend a bear. I wonder if the kid has a great imagination or if there is any truth to this.

"“This little one was lost in the woods for days in the freezing temperatures, rain, dark nights and wind,” the fundraising campaign reads. “He told us that his best friend the bear was with him to keep him safe. Thanks to God’s mercy he came home to us alive and well.”

https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/01...hers-backyard/
I think it could be true. I think animals recognize babies and especially if it’s a female, will care for them. It might explain why he didn’t die from the cold.
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