Stuffed bear gets new home after makeover

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We are really excited to have this bear,” Swift said. “I would say on a scale of unusualness, this is a 10.” Swift said that a recent Daily News story about the center’s request for relatively intact dead animals sparked widespread attention, resulting in the donation of some bats and song birds as well as the bear. He pointed out that several animals are still on the wish list, including a black bear, a mule deer, a skunk and “a better raccoon.” “The one we have drowned in a pool, but his fur isn’t as soft and lustrous as it should be, (and) his tail looks more like a rat tail,” he said. “And if we get a skunk, it needs to be one that hasn’t released its scent gland, which only happens about a third of the time. Let’s just say we’re looking for one that died peacefully.” For now, the grizzly holds court in a classroom at the center, but Swift plans to give it more prominent placement when renovations to the center are complete in 2006. NEWHALL – Check one more animal off the wish list of the Placerita Nature Center. A stuffed and mounted grizzly bear arrived at the center Monday, donated by a Tujunga Canyon woman who heard about the center’s plea for well-preserved roadkill. The young male bear, which stands about 6 feet 4 inches tall, was about 2 years old when Sandy Tietjen’s grandfather killed it long ago, naturalist Ian Swift said. Before its arrival at the Newhall nature park, the bear got a touch-up from taxidermist Martin Ramirez, who fixed one of its feet, repaired the area around its mouth and mended a small tear on the bear’s chest. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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