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'Completely Happy, Comfortable and Loved': Syrian Bear Purrs as Sanctuary Carer Brushes Fur

An adorable Syrian brown bear looked very content at her rescue center in Otisville, New York, as one of her carers gently brushed her fur.

Footage shared by the Orphaned Wildlife Center shows furry resident Jenny sitting in a child-like pose on the ground and grabbing her feet, as founder Susan Kowalczik brushes her coat. The happy bear can also be heard purring as she suckles on Kowalczik’s hand.

“Typically a cub thing, but even adult bears will do this when they feel completely happy and comfortable and loved,” one of the volunteers wrote on YouTube.

Founded by Jim Kowalczik, Susan Kowalczik, and Kerry Clair in 2015, the Orphaned Wildlife Center, in Otisville, New York, nurtures its animal residents in the hope they can be returned to the wild.

The center often shares videos and updates about the animals in its care to its YouTube channel and Facebook page. Credit: Orphaned Wildlife Center via Storyful

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