General

He lay there, deep in hibernation, snuggled tight wrapped in a blanket of his own thoughts, hopes and dreams, as we watched upon him checking his progress day by day. He knew of nothing but we grasped onto hope. The world outside that bed carried on, most people wouldnt even realise a thing but we did we had to hope that at the end of this winter our little boy would open his eyes to the bright light of the outside world once more.

By Pete Da Chav, December 16, 2013*.
General

All through the winter the bear slept on, her metabolism ticking over just enough to keep her alive. Periodically she would rise in a sleepy trance to turn and adjust her body position before being tugged back into slumber. The fat reserves of the fall were depleting and her belly swelling. Soon it would be time to deliver her cubs. The wintry chill was being ebbed out by the warmer breeze of early March, the days were lengthening and the precipitation was no longer snow.