Reunions are always heartwarming, especially between orphaned animals and the people who used to console them during their darkest times. It’s always nice to get a big hug, whether it’s from a tiny puppy or a massive wild animal, just like in the old days. So, when this 800-pound bear is reunited with an old human friend after a few years apart, the result is nothing short of adorable.
A video depicts a bear’s reunion with the man who cared for her as a cub. At the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Otisville, New York, a beautiful scene unfolded, demonstrating why they are known as gentle giants.
Sonya, like any other orphaned animal, was sad and scared when rescuers brought her to the center after her mother died. But, thanks to people like Jonathan, she, like many other animals, has learned to appreciate life once more. Sonya was a tiny cub when she arrived, and Jonathan looked after her for many years. They spent a lot of time together, which caused them to bond in an unusual way.
Sonya’s permanent home is the wildlife center, as she cannot be released into the wild. Her old friend Jonathan recently surprised her by paying her a visit. The two haven’t seen each other in years, so Jonathan isn’t sure if the bear remembers him.
The video clearly shows that Sonya not only recognized the man who raised her, but was overjoyed to see him again!
“Johnathan used to be one of her caretakers when she was a small cub,” a center representative said. “She hadn’t seen him in many, many years, but he recently paid her a visit to see if she remembered him. She remembered not only Johnathan, but also the game they used to play when she was a kid.”
They hugged and played together as they always did. Take a look at this lovely moment: