(Crystal A. Proxmire, Sept. 16, 2017)
Newberry, MI – Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is home to many interesting tourist places, including Oswald’s Bear Ranch in Newberry where people can have their picture taken feeding a baby bear.
There are over 40 bears in the ranch, many of whom are rescues or were born there. It’s the largest bear preserve in Michigan and arguably the country. And it’s open to the public from Memorial Day through Sept. 30.
The Oswald Family has spent over 20 years giving day to day care to the creatures, who generally act like dogs that like to be around people. The ones bred at the facility are raised from birth to be around humans, and will even pose for pictures gobbling up spoonfuls of Fruit Loops or peanut butter and jelly.
The 200 acre ranch is friendly for both the animals and the people who come to visit. Walking paths go along various pens and there are viewing platforms where guests can toss apple slices to the bears as they beg like dogs below. There is art along the trails, a gift shop full of touristy things, and a fire pit to gather around.
Learn more about Oswald’s Bear Ranch at http://www.oswaldsbearranch.com/.
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