Syrian Brown Bear 'Purrs' at New York Rescue Center

Have you ever heard a bear purr? Well, now you have, thanks to some super-cute footage captured by a wildlife rescue center in New York.

The video, posted by the Orphaned Wildlife Center, located in Otisville, New York, shows one of its resident Syrian brown bears, Jenny, purring contentedly as she bonds with one of her keepers.

In the caption for the video, the Orphaned Wildlife Center writes that when “baby bears finish drinking” their mother’s milk, this is “followed by a few minutes of them suckling on her and making this noise.”

They add, “Our Jenny still wants to be a baby.”

According to, “Similar to a cat’s purring, bears make this pleasure sound when they are especially comfortable, nursing, or eating a special treat. Adults make this sound with a deeper voice.”

The Orphaned Wildlife Center nurtures orphaned animals, 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: Kerry Clair via Storyful

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