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“Ben the Bear” – A Personal Account


At FedEx, every shipment has its own unique story. It could be someone’s wedding gown, life-saving medical supplies…and sometimes, a bear!  

Earlier this month, I was privileged to be part of the team that rescued a black bear-grizzly hybrid named “Ben.” As a relatively new FedEx team member, I’d heard the many stories of how FedEx had helped rescue abused animals from deplorable conditions. Now, I had the chance to help give Ben a quality of life he had never before experienced.
For years, Ben had been confined to an awful 12’x22’ concrete cage in a roadside North Carolina zoo. After a long battle with the zoo owner, several rescue organizations successfully won the right to move Ben from his deplorable conditions to a lush animal sanctuary in Northern California. After making the decision to donate the transportation, a forty-two person team dubbed the flight “Bear Force One”, and provided Ben with all the comforts he might need as he journeyed nearly 3,000 miles to his new home. Now Ben is roaming free in his new habitat, eating well, splashing playfully in his own pool, and sleeping in a natural den. You can see a video of him at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-saGa5H4Ii0.
Even though this was my first involvement in a rescue move, this one seemed a little extra special, at least to me. Maybe it was because we donated the transportation, or the fact that Ben and I share the same name, or that I was able to feed him fresh pieces of fruit and granola during his layover here in Memphis. Regardless, I felt great pride to be part of an organization that always seems to above and beyond when times are tough. And if Ben could talk, I’m quite sure he’d say “thank you” to all of us who work at FedEx.
Ben (the human) Hunt, FedEx Services

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Be sure to watch the nat goe wild program on November 13th Tuesday..Bens' story will be on..

It's great stories like these that make me absolutely love the company I work for and seeing the amazing things we do each day. So happy Ben has a new lease on life and can live out the rest of his years how he deserves. :) Amanda McRobie, FedEx Custom Critical.

We work for a great company. I am in rescue also, and applaud you for helping Ben and other animals in need.. Great story Ben, and welcome to Fed Ex!

We work for a great company. I am also in rescue. And I'm so happy to hear when we help another animal in need. Thanks for the great story Ben, and welcome to Fed Ex.

This story and the pictures of Ben in his new home make me really proud of PETA and the team at FedEx. Great going, everyone! (*applauds*)

Thank you FedEx for your kind support towards animals.Infact these are the acts that prove us human in this cruel world. I felt so good reading this rescue story and how FedEx agreed to help the innocent bear thrieve in his natural habitat, which he would have never imagined otherwise. Love your support. May god bless you all

I'm saying "thank you" for Ben as he roams over real grass, enjoys getting into water everyday, smells wonderful new scents and has his tummy filled with nutritious food. How wonderful for him that he is now treated with value. Fed Ex you gave him a wonderful gift, all who treasure wildlife are grateful for your generosity.

Thank you FedEx for your kindness and generosity in flying Ben to freedom!!! You ROCK!!

Thank you so much! I cry every time I watch how happy Ben is now!!!!!

An absolutely positively fantastic effort! Thanks PETA for all you do as well.

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About This Blogger

Ben Hunt is a current FedEx employee and an eight year veteran of the United States Navy. He enlisted in the military in May of 2004 and was continually assigned a variety of challenging, high-tempo jobs at various military commands. As a communications specialist and administrative officer he served three years onboard a nuclear submarine, four years as part of a four-star Admiral staff in Washington D.C., and one year in the Naval Reserves as part of a Joint Command for NATO in Brussels, Belgium. It was during these assignments that he experienced several operational and crisis communication environments; ideal preparation for his following career at FedEx Services. In April 2012, Ben joined FedEx Services as a Senior Communication Specialist for the Crisis and Operations Management Team in Memphis, TN. His primary job functions include brand reputation management, media relations, and crisis management. His unique work experience in the Navy gave him a host of fundamental skillsets and solid work history; all of which he was able to effectively translate into a great job in the civilian sector. A native of Northern California, Ben holds a BA in Communications, and an MBA in Marketing/Management.

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