Animal Sanctuary Owner’s Heartwarming Interaction with 10-foot, 1,400-pound Kodiak Bear Takes the Internet by Storm

The heartwarming bond between a Kodiak bear named Jimbo and his human caretaker has recently captured the online community’s heart.

Jim Kowalczik, the proprietor of the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Otisville, New York, was recorded sharing a tender moment with the gentle giant, who weighs 1,400 pounds and stands 10 feet tall.

Watch the video at the end.

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The video, aptly titled “When Your Bear Had a Hard Day and Needs Some Extra Love,” was posted on February 5 and quickly garnered over 1.2 million views by the following Thursday.

According to the sanctuary, 24-year-old Jimbo was under the weather earlier in February. This prompted Kowalczik’s loving interaction, which saw him hugging Jimbo, stroking him, and even placing his hand in the bear’s mouth as Jimbo rested his head on Kowalczik’s lap.

A Kodiak moment: Jim Kowalczik, who owns the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Otisville, New York, is seen in a video posted on February 5, cuddling and petting Jimbo, the Kodiak bear. Source: Orphaned Wildlife Center

The caretaker’s devotion towards his ursine friend shone through as he comforted Jimbo, who was visibly relaxed and peaceful under Kowalczik’s gentle care.

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Despite his daunting size, Jimbo was not faring well due to an unidentified ailment that had left him restless.

After a recent veterinary check-up, Kowalczik decided to shower Jimbo with extra love and attention, whispering and petting him.

Hello, bear! Kowalczik is seen here extending his gloved hand to rub Jimbo along his neck. Source: Orphaned Wildlife Center

The Orphaned Wildlife Center has been Jimbo’s home since he was a cub, having sustained early-life injuries that hindered his return to the wild.

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The video ends with more loving pats from Kowalczik, and Jimbo settles in again, resting his humongous head in the caretaker’s lap. Source: Orphaned Wildlife Center

Kowalczik co-owns the Orphaned Wildlife Center with his wife, Susan, a former corrections officer who has since ventured into excavating.

Source: Orphaned Wildlife Center
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Their tender care of the animals under their wing, as evidenced by Kowalczik’s sweet interaction with Jimbo, is a testament to their love and dedication to wildlife conservation.

Source: Orphaned Wildlife Center

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