kermode bears


Spirit Bear Going for the Salmon by Ross Konigsburg
Via Flickr:
Spirit bear catching a salmon

Kermode “Spirit” Bear by Paul Burwell

Kermode “Spirit” Bear walking along a log over a river in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada. These bears are not albinos. Rather, they are a black bear that carries a resesive gene that causes about 1 in 10 bears to be born with white instead of black fur. They only live on the west coast of Canada and there are only about 500 of them in existence.

Photograph by @paulnicklen taken while #onassignment for @natgeo. A rare encounter with a Kermode Bear (aka Spirit Bear) in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, BC. Please stay tuned for more and #follow me on @paulnicklen to see more images from this experience with a friendly bear that I will never forget. #beauty #nature #keepexploring #letsexplore #love #instagood #photooftheday #picoftheday by natgeo

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“I can’t bear the thought of you.”


“Shut up before I beat the stuffing out of you”


“No, you shut up, you damn bearsprout!”


Well, these custom Breyer bears started out as portraits of Kermode, or spirit, bears, the white bears of British Columbia. However, they ended up as a fanciful experiment in layering and dry-brushing. I love the final coloration, though, and this mama and baby are looking for a new home together. Their Breyer logos have been sanded off and fur sculpted back in where they were; there are a few minor uneven spots on the seams I didn’t sand or fill, and Mama has a bit of rough paint, hence the lower price for this pair. Still, they stand solidly and are adorable together!

Asking price is $125 for the set; Etsy listing is at