Orphaned Bear Filmed Rolling Around in Snow at New York Rescue Center

An orphaned bear has been filmed joyfully rolling around in the snow at its enclosure in the state of New York.

The video was taken at the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Otisville, New York, and posted to YouTube on February 4.

It showed one of several bears rescued by the shelter rolling about in the snow. Another can be seen in the background also out in the snow. The two animals are later seen returning to a den made for them inside a building at the center.

"It's been so cold the bears have not wanted to leave their den. They did for a SHORT time yesterday!" The caption to the video read.

The center said in a Facebook post that the two bears were Randy, a 23-year-old male Syrian brown bear, and Rosie, a female Kodiak grizzly bear also aged 23.

The center said it has rescued 11 bears in total of various species, including grizzlies and Syrian brown bears.

Some like the grizzly bear enter a partial hibernation during the winter months. During this time their bodies go into a state of torpor, which slows their basic functions, such as their heart rate, down. Bear metabolisms can slow by 50-60 percent during the hibernation periods.

In the wild this torpor-like state helps them go for extended periods of time without hunting and live off reserves of body fat built up during the spring and summer months when prey is more abundant. Bears in North America typically emerge from their dens in April or May.

The Orphaned Wildlife Center differentiates itself from a zoo because it does not offer viewing facilities for the public. The center said on its website it does not aim to keep resident animals in human care permanently but hopes to release them into the wild after the rehabilitation process.

The center was created after founders Susan and Jim Kowalczik rescued a young black bear they named Frank who was brought into them paralyzed and in a coma after he was hit by a car in 2012.

The rehabilitation work done by the center is key to its plans to release the animals back into the wild because orphaned animals like the bears may not have learned key skills needed to survive away from human care.

Grizzly bear cubs for example typically stay with their mothers for two years in the wild learning survival skills from them before going their separate ways.

Of the 11 bears taken in by the Orphaned Wildlife Center, eight are Syrian Brown Bears which are considered an endangered sub-species. The center said it took them in after plans to start a breeding program with the animals to protect the species failed.

Stock image of brown bear in snow
Stock image of a brown bear in the snow. In the wild, the animals usually partially hibernate during the winter months. NataliiaMelnychuk/Getty Images