Would you be scared to be cuddled by a 9ft bear? Susan and Jim Kowalczik spend time with Jimmy the orphaned Kodiak brown bear every day.
The couple run the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Middletown, New York and their largest charge is Jimmy.
They have dedicated their lives to caring for and releasing injured wild animals.
The Kowalcziks now care for 11 bears, including Kodiak brown bears, Syrian bears and black bears on their 100 acre estate.
Jimmy is now 21 years old and is extremely friendly, according to staff at the centre.
His favourite food is red meat, but luckily he doesn’t view his human friends as food.
When he stands on all fours, he is more than nine feet tall and weighs 1500lb.
Staff at the centre wrote on Facebook: “Jimmy doesn’t do any performing or tricks. He has been with us since a cub.
“He came from a situation where he was born in captivity and ended had no skills to be released back into the wild.”
The public are not able to visit the animals in the sanctuary.
Kerry Clair, a director for Orphaned Wildlife, said in an interview in January: “Our primary purpose is to release these animals into the wild,
“We only keep them if there’s some problem.”
Bears which stay with the sanctuary, like Jimmy, are ones which were raised by humans.
They are always very friendly because of this – but the downside is they cannot be released into the wild.
Mr. Kowalczik has said of Jimbo: “You can go in and lay down with him, and he’ll pull you right in”.
The bears don’t need to do any hunting on the facility and can sometimes eat 25 to 30 pounds of food in a day.
Some bears prefer vegetarian meals, and others like meat.
They all enjoy peanuts and spit out the husk afterwards.
He also said some bears are brighter than others and they all have their own personalities, just like people.
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