This brave granny lives with three unusual pets—two grizzly bears and a white Bengal tiger. In this short clip, she talks about her incredible experiences with her unique wildlife buddies!
Meet Bonnie Hart, from Texas, who has been living with these “beasts” since they were cubs. The two bears are named Pebbles and BamBam, while she calls her white Bengal tiger Anushka.
Pebbles and BamBam came to Bonnie in a most unusual way. The bears followed her pet dog back home one day. “I thought they were other dogs and as they got closer, I was like, ‘Holy moly, they are bears!’” she says in the video.
As for Anushka, she was gifted to Bonnie by one of her friends. “Me and Anushka, I’m mama and she’s baby, and I can hand feed her and I can pet her. I can do whatever I want with her,” she says.
She has been caring for them since then. Despite the high cost of feeding them, which is usually around US$1500 a month, she makes sure that they are fed every day and on time.
The bears are free to roam around the property when Bonnie goes about doing her daily chores, while the tiger lives in the enclosure.
“They are exotic, they are dangerous animals,” she says. “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 pet them. I’ve socialized them a lot.”
“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 says.
Bonnie shares that keeping her unusual pets has changed her as a person. “It has changed me,” she says. “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.”
Video Credit: Barcroft Animals.