This is Star, an American Black Bear. Can you feel her strong sense of self, calm and trust? She is the definition of a sentient being, one who able to perceive, feel, or experience subjectively.
Star was listening as I quietly spoke to her, she sweetly acknowledged me and we shared 45 incredible minutes together. Star had just awoken and began her yawning, stretching, napping, hanging, preening, and giving me these incredible moments of eye contact.
The bears, they're just like us, they want to raise their young, find nourishing food, live in safety and hopefully live a long life.
How lucky I am to have had that morning routine with her.