Meet Tuffy

Tuffy is an American black bear (Ursus americanus) born in 1997 and who spent the majority of his life in poor conditions as a privately owned pet before being confiscated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in March of 2014.  Noah’s Ark was notified of his situation by a large sanctuary in California who was determined to help him although they had no room to rescue him.  It took nearly six months for Tuffy’s legal situation to be straightened out before he was granted release to Noah’s Ark and if we had not taken him, he would have been euthanized.  Tuffy may look like a “sweet old bear” but this bear means business, and has severely bitten people before coming to Noah’s Ark. He exhibits typical stereotypic behavior common to bears kept in small areas for long periods of time.  This includes pacing in circles, as this behavior is what he has done for many years to cope with the stress of his living situation.  With time, adequate space, and enrichment this behavior should decrease, although it will probably never fully disappear.  Tuffy is slowly beginning to trust in humans and although he may not like us very much, we sure love him.

Animal Details

Name: Tuffy
Category: Bears