Great Big Bear Takes a Refreshing Dip at New York Wildlife Sanctuary

An 880-pound Syrian brown bear at a wildlife sanctuary in Otisville, New York, made a splash as he cooled off in a pond this summer.

The 26-year-old bear, named Leo, lives at the Orphaned Wildlife Center and is one of their oldest and most clever bears, according to their website.

Founded by Jim Kowalczik, Susan Kowalczik, and Kerry Clair in 2015, the Orphaned Wildlife Center, in Otisville, New York, nurtures its animal residents in the hope they can be returned to the wild.

The center often shares videos and updates about the animals in its care to its YouTube channel and Facebook page. Credit: Kerry Clair via Storyful

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