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Watch: Adorable Bear Cubs “Purr” as They Excitedly Munch on Apples

by Jon D. B.
(Photo credit: Mark Wilson/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Watch – and listen – to these adorable rescue bear cubs “purr” in contentment as they munch away on a pile of apples.

“Have you ever heard bear cubs make their ‘sound of contentment?” asks John Fusco. Fusco is a notable screenwriter and producer of hits like Hidalgo, The Highwaymen, and Netflix’s Marco Polo. His most fevered passion, though? Wildlife conservation.

The writer is a self-professed “24/7 wildlife preservationist”. As such, Fusco has taken to rescuing black bears with his farm property in Vermont. He, along with his wife, are licensed wildlife rehabilitators – and have some remarkably adorable proof:

Listen to bear cubs “purr” in contentment

Purring is typically something we associate with our domesticated house cats. Most feline species, however, including massive tigers – also purr. But did you know bears do, too?

Fusco captures a full feast of purring cubs on his forest farm property. Posting it to his official twitter, he asks “have you ever heard bear cubs make their ‘sound of contentment?” The conservationist goes on to clarify in a further tweet that “we are feeding orphans and cubs [who] are disabled and need a helping hand.”

On to the cuteness:

Bears vocalize happiness much like cats

Bears and cats both vocalize happiness in the form of a “purr”. The two – ursines and felines – share common ancestors, along with canines (i.e. wolves, dogs, and foxes). According to ecology resource Bear.org:

Black bear cubs make motor-like pleasure sounds as they nurse. Similar to a cat’s purring, bears make this pleasure sound when they are especially comfortable, nursing, or eating a special treat. Adults make this sound with a deeper voice.


It goes without saying, however, that the bears in Fusco’s footage are, as stated, rescue animals. They are not wild, and feeding bears in the wild is illegal in most states.

[H/T Twitter]