July 2020: When you could send live grizzlies by post...

It is always nice to get a package. No doubt most of the shipments to Ward’s Natural Science Establishment in the late 1800s were specimens preserved in salt or not preserved at all, but not alive.

However, the Bulletin of Ward’s Natural Science Establishment published on June 1, 1881 mentions a shipment by American Express (yes, the same company we know today) from the Northwest Territories of Canada of two live grizzly bear cubs (Ursus horribilis). They arrived  in one box, hungry and a little out of sorts from the trip. Once fed and cleaned up, the six-month old cubs caught the attention of everyone at Ward’s workshop.

July 2020: When you could send live grizzlies by post...