is a Domestic black bear that that was born in captivity January 15, 2001.
We legally adopted Sybil April 27, 2001. At that time, she weighed
about 10 pounds. Sybil is the first black bear we ever had, so, at that time, we were not sure on how to
care for her. Having experience with many other different species of
Sybil had to be bottle fed. We went to the local feed store and bought powder
milk for her. we had to make sure there was enough
fat content in it.. Bears
require a bit more fat content (at least 25% fat) than most
We did as much research
as we could find on raising black bears.. but all we could find is raising
black bears to be released in the wild..
of course this was a bit helpful on
But when a bear is being raised to be released in the wild, there is not to
be any human contact with these bears...
Only because they will become dependent on people.
Our thoughts at that time, was to try and raise Sybil to be as domestic as possible. I must admit, in the
beginning, I almost felt that was not possible. But the more time we spent
with Sybil, and the older she got, the better she got.
We never realized how intelligent a
black bear can be.. She understands words. She learns very quickly, actually,
quicker than dogs can learn.
We have raised many other type of animals, but I must say, this
was quite a new experience for us..
Black bears are very intelligent and interesting animals..
We currently have a variety of other animals, Sybil got along great
with all the other animals.
She played with all the dogs. She was very gentle with the dogs and they are
gentle with her.. No harm ever came to any of our animals... When
Sybil reached three years old, I no longer let the
dogs play with her. I know Sybil would not intentionally hurt
the dogs, but, because of her strength, I would rather be safe
We have one cow left, his name is
Sybil and Oscar are really great friends. they play
together. Yes, a cow and a bear.. You will see them in some
of the pictures. We also have six Llama's. She gets along
great with them also. I still let Sybil and Oscar play