Snoozy moon bear couple prove bears need love

27 April 2015

Loveable moon bear pals Mama and Moggy are absolutely inseparable.

Never more so than during winter months when – for the last three years – the pair have chosen to hibernate together.

Mama and Moggy relaxing on a platform at VBRC

Moon bears at our sanctuaries rarely “hibernate” in the true sense of the word, but they do sometimes choose to spend the vast majority of the winter sleeping and only rarely eating. At our sanctuaries this is known as “winter dormancy” – and certain sleepy heads just love it.

Moggy is usually the more dozy of this snoozy duo. As the months get colder she’ll get progressively less active and hungry until she begins falling asleep any old where.

While more alert, Mama is more than happy to follow Moggy’s lead and enjoy a few months of sleepy cuddles.

When the napping season comes, the twosome pack a hanging basket with straw and hessian sacks then clamber in together and snuggle up.

Mama and Moggy hanging out in their enclosure at VBRC 2

This year, Mama and Moggy enjoyed a slightly longer winter dormancy than normal finally going outside again last week – long after the onset of spring.

They seemed delighted to be back outside, and true to form, they stayed by each other’s side wherever they roamed. True best friends forever.

Make your best friend's day special this #MoonBearMonday.