Several photos showed the bears having the time of their lives as well as going through existential crises at the Highlands Ranch Backcountry.
In an extraordinary show of human-nature, three bears at the HRCA Backcountry Wilderness Area were captured exhibiting strange yet intriguing behaviors. A wildlife camera captured fifty-two photos of the bears playing in the water on Sept. 19. We can see the three bears happily splashing around as they are surrounded by the wilderness. According to a Facebook post from HRCA Backcountry Wilderness, these water sources are also visited often by other animals like raccoons and falcons in the region.
Looking at the pictures we find the bears to be doing just about everything possible in a pool. They first start off with some playful dirty dancing where they even leap on top of each other. It's a surprise their jumping and thrashing didn't get all the water out. At first, there are only two bears but they are soon joined by a third (wheel) who plays it smoother than you think. The three bears enjoy their time together with an awkward moment or two between each other.
One of the photos caught a bear (named Baby) perfectly balancing on the sides of the container. Whether it was just perching itself there, or getting ready to cannonball in, or was trying out a new yoga pose, we will never know. It ends up jumping back in and continuing the fun and games with its compatriots. There even appears to be a bit of gossip enjoyed in bear language that we haven't yet been able to translate. Of course, friends also like to play rough, so once in a while, one of the bears will decide to have a playful go at another and the third one will be the judge and possibly the one to intervene.
The best part of it all is that the fun just doesn't end here. Despite the friendly rifts, they always keep getting back into the center of the water container and continue their playtime. After a good while of letting their energy flow, the bears are also seen having moments of silence where they are seemingly gazing into the wild and contemplating their existence. This is a great indication that animals are always in tune with nature and their consciousness is constantly in the process of evolving. On a special mention, one of the bears was captured by the camera all by itself and it would really make for an ideal profile picture.
"Centennial Water owns wells in the Backcountry that can provide ground water to our community as a supplement to Highlands Ranch's surface water rights. Ten of those wells are equipped with yard hydrants that allow us to fill stock tanks from April-October. We work closely with Centennial Water to make that happen. The Backcountry Wilderness Area also owns two wells with electricity that we can put tank heaters in through the winter months to keep two water sources available through the colder months," the HRCA Backcountry Wilderness wrote in their statement. "Over the past four years, we have added 14 more 1,000-gallon tanks in strategic areas throughout the property to improve habitat," they added.