Bear plays in Jim Thorpe man’s koi pond
Humans aren’t the only ones who turn to swimming as a perfect way to cool off during the hot summer months.
A Jim Thorpe area resident captured a video in late July of a black bear taking a dip in his newly installed backyard koi pond on a 90-plus degree day.
“We were out on our back deck, maybe about 40 feet away, and the bear just walked right up to the pond, pulled a few water hyacinths out and started playing around,” Tim Graves said. “The pond had only been in for a month. It seemed like he was in there forever, but it was probably about 3-4 minutes.”
Living in the shadow of state game lands, bears are no strangers to Graves’ neighborhood. While they pass by once in a while, he said they never bother anything. Several bears had “investigated” the pond, but none had gotten in before that July day.
“We have bears around us 24 hours a day,” he said. “Being in the Poconos, we’re kind of living on their turf so it’s expected to see them quite often.”
The bear’s pond swim was accentuated by a number of rubber ducks that Graves had placed there.
“Normally, the ducks are kind of stuck to the side, but I guess with the bear swimming around, they floated more to the middle,” Graves said. “It was really perfect timing for a nice little video.”
Luckily for Graves, his new pond didn’t sustain much damage, nor did the bear bother the fish, crayfish or frogs living there.
A few holes in the liner were patched up fairly easily.
Since the visit in July, Graves has seen more bears around the pond, mostly looking to get a quick drink.
“The last one we saw was probably around a month ago,” he said.
Graves has a YouTube channel, which can be found at https://bit.ly/35LfBwM, where he documents wildlife that visits his yard and pond.