The Polar Bears living in Cochrane are getting some new furniture. The fire department donated almost 400 feet of used fire hose, and a local man crafted it into two hammock beds. Karen Cummings, the Polar Bear Habitat Manager, says polar bears in the wild have natural bedding that these bears do not.

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Cummings goes on to say the bedding has been recycled from the Cochrane Fire Deparment.

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The polar bears weigh up to one-thousand pounds. Each bed weighs about two hundred and fifty to hold their weight. Doug Randa, who volunteered to make the beds, says who gets to say they built hammocks for polar bears?  He just hopes they enjoy them.

The recommendation to make the beds came from animal behaviour specialist, JoAnne Simerson.

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Each bed weighs around two hundred and fifty pounds, to support the bears weight. Cummings says the bears are using the beds, after initially treating them as a toy.

“Although initially treating the bed like a toy, 5 year old Ganuk was the first to use his bed. After tossing it this way and that, turning the bed upside down and sleeping on it, and moving it to just the right spot, he now appears to have fully embraced his new luxurious furnishings.”

Photos: Ganuk, a 5 year old, 850 pound, polar bear lounges on his new bed, and plays with a new toy.

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