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Rise and Shine: Bear Takes in Surroundings After Waking From 'Long Winter'

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A New York animal sanctuary that specializes in taking care of bears shared footage of one of their residents “starting to wake up” after a “long winter” on April 21.

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.

This footage shows Kimmy, a 23-year-old black bear crossbreed, yawning and gently making her way around the organization’s facility. Kimmy is described by Orphaned Wildlife Center as “the smallest bear in her group”, adding though that she also “definitely rules the roost”.

Black bears can spend around seven and a half months in hibernation.

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

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