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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Zagori: Down the Vitsa Steps to the Bridge of Misios; Dogs and a Bear

With the grandchildren, early this morning:

A pleasant walk - apart from two (potentially aggressive) barking sheepdogs and the proximity of a bear...I was in 'loco parentis' defensive and protective mode, unsure which might pose the greater threat, an unrestrained Molossian hound or a hungry bear! I learnt later that a bear was seen by Ilias the day before, at about the same time that we descended the gorge. The dogs were not interested in us: they were chasing the bear.

Ursus arctos (not a grizzly, as in this recording - Ursus arctos horribilis)

Play Dead? A Survival Myth

Although I'm not at all crazy about caves, I took the grandchildren to visit the Perama Cave. No photography allowed, except briefly, on the way out. A shame, because there are some amazingly impressive "halls" and formations. A relief, because a large number of flashing or clicking cameras would have spoiled the whole experience.

Gallery of photographs

In the cave they found the bones of a bear, which probably died  about 50,000 years ago.

About the Bear Cave - Σπηλαία Άρκτος- Ursus etruscus (or Ursus spelaeus - a cave bear?)

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