Animals do make for wonderful companions but it really depends on how these animals were raised and treated. One such woman have two bears and a white tiger as pets, and they have been together and getting along well for quite some time now.
Meet Bonnie Hart, a 62 year old truck driver from Texas, who lives with two grizzly bears and a white Bengal tiger. Her bears are named Pebbles and BamBam, while she calls her white Bengal tiger as Anoushka.
All three animals have been with Bonnie since they were cubs and she has been taking care of them as loving pets.
Pebbles and BamBam came to Bonnie in a most unusual way. The bears were following her dog home one day and she thought they were puppies but she got the shock of her life when she saw what they were. “I thought they were dogs and as they got closer, I was like, ‘Holy moly, they are bears!’ ” she said.
As for Anoushka, she was a gift of one of Bonnie’s friend. She was given to her when she was just a cub. “Me and Anushka, I’m mama and she’s baby, and I can hand feed her and I can pat her,” Hart told Barcroft. “I can do whatever I want with her.”
The bears are free to roam around the property while Bonnie goes about doing her daily routine, while The tiger lives in the enclosure just next door.
From then on she has been caring for them, feeding them candy, beef, pork, and chicken. She would also play with them and cuddle with them too. Despite the high cost of feeding them, which usually costs Bonnie $1500 a month, she makes sure that they are fed everyday and on time.
As these are dangerous animals, Bonnie makes sure that she is packing a taser and
“They are exotic, they are dangerous animals,” Hart said. “These bears have been around a lot of people. They don’t know the tricks; they don’t know sit, lie down on the box or whatever, but you can get in there and you can love on them and you can pat them. I’ve socialized them a lot.”
Her family and friends are very much welcome to interact with them. “I always wanted to keep them in my backyard but they could leave if they wanted to, there is nothing keeping them here. They are here until I die or they die, one or the other,” she said.
But she claims that keeping her unusual pets has changed her as a person.
“It has changed me,” she explained. “I’ve been doing this since I was a little girl and it makes you have responsibility. It makes you realize that life is precious and you should enjoy every moment of it.”