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Bear emerging from hibernation is a viral star (video)

Posted at 2:10 PM, Apr 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-09 16:10:45-04

The "tree bear" at Glacier National Park has been getting a lot of attention lately…and in case you’ve ever wondered about whether or not a bear really does – well, you know…

Glacier National Park posted this video on its Facebook page on Monday morning; it has been viewed more than 20,000 times in less than five hours:

Park officials explained: "During hibernation bears do not eat, drink, defecate, or urinate. Once inside their dens bears form a kind of plug composed of feces, dead intestinal cells, hair, and bedding material in their anus. They continue to produce some feces during hibernation yet they do not defecate. It is possible this plug may keep the bear from defecating inside the den during hibernation as fecal plugs are found just inside or outside the dens of bears that have just emerged."

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