Barle's Story

Un libro in lingua di Else Poulsen Bradshaw G. A. (FRW) edito da Greystone Books, 2014

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When a 19-year old female polar bear named Barle is rescued from the inhumane conditions of a circus in the Caribbean and flown to safety in Detroit, zookeeper Else Poulsen is on hand to meet her and help her on the road to recovery and self-discovery. On their first day together, Poulsen sits with Barle as she feels the earth beneath her paws for the first time in almost two decades, inhales the wonderfully complex odours of her new home, and enjoys a treat of grapes instead of the dog food she had lived on in the circus.

Thus begins Barle’s gradual introduction into the world of polar bears. Slowly she forges relationships with the other bears in the zoo and eventually mates with a young male and successfully raises a cub. By living in a caring, enriched environment focused on her welfare, Barle is able to recover from the trauma she had suffered at the circus and to develop skills that are meaningful not to humans but to polar bears. As Poulsen documents, however, not all captive bears are so fortunate.

Augmented with black-and-white photographs, Barle’s Story provides a rich and moving portrait of a remarkable bear and of the author’s inspiring work to help her discover her true polar bear ways.

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