Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

A Groggy Bear Emerged From Hibernation At The Montreal Ecomuseum & We're Jealous (Video)

Genie doesn't look like she's ready to wake up just yet.
Senior Editor

At least one creature is coming out of isolation. The Montreal Ecomuseum reports that its bear, Genie, has emerged from hibernation, heralding the arrival of spring. Video shows the groggy animal stretch along the trunk of a tree before slumping to the ground and putting her legs in the air as if surrendering to a desire to snooze past her natural alarm.

A subsequent video on the Ecomuseum Instagram page shows that Genie quickly got to work playing with a log.

"It's the kind of day where we all need to see Genie having fun with a log offered by our zookeepers," the museum writes in the caption.

The bear will find no visitors as she settles into her waking state, however.

The Ecomuseum is closed until further notice — just one of dozens of institutions across Montreal that have shut down either voluntarily or under government order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"The health and safety of our visitors, employees, and volunteers is of the utmost importance for us. We hope to see this crisis dissipate as quickly as possible and this requires everyone to act as a responsible citizen," the museum wrote on its Facebook page.

"Please rest assured that all the animals in our care will continue to receive all the attention required to ensure their well-being during this closing period."

The sight of Genie enjoying her habitat will likely be a welcome visual break for Montrealers who have had to contend with a torrent of dark news this week.

As she steps out into the snow, humans in the city are largely sheltering in place until the outbreak subsides.

On its website, the Montreal Ecomuseum claims to be "the only zoo exclusively dedicated to Québec wildlife," welcoming "non-releasable animals that cannot return to the wild and [providing] them a safe and loving home within an organization entirely devoted to their well-being"

"The zoo's mission is centered on environmental education, the conservation of wildlife and its natural habitats and the well-being of animals."

"Every detail is considered to ensure the well-being of the animals in our care. Our team stops at nothing to safeguard their mental, emotional and physical well-being."

More information on the Ecomuseum is available on its website here.

Stay tuned to its YouTube channel to see more videos of its animals.

We strongly advise that before you go visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security and animal rights. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment and the animals.

NOW WATCH See Big Line & Employees Wiping Carts At West Island Costco Amid Coronavirus Panic (Video)

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.