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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bear Den Footage After the Escape of the Cubs from the Den

Today, I am sharing a video of the days after the cubs "broke out of the den" for the first time on 4/10/16. They were quite uncoordinated at that time and spent hours trying to climb on tiny rocks and branches.

Then, a huge snowstorm hit on 4/16 and 4/17, dropping 4' of snow on our area. The den was completely buried, and the bears stayed under the snow for four days.  You might remember this photo of Shyla trying to gallop in the snow on 4/17.

Finally, on 4/21, the cubs dug their way to the surface of the snow. It was amazing to see how much coordination they'd gained in those days under the snow. After re-emerging, they could pull themselves up onto higher trees and even play with each other!

Here's the video. It is available here or at Youtube.


I hope that you enjoy the footage as much as I did. I had to pare it way down to make it a manageable length for you!

18 comments:

  1. Such amazing footage. I can't wait to see more. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Such fun for the bear cubs and such fun for us to see! Give us some more, please:)

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  3. Oh my...those little faces, those little cries....sooooo cute!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  4. Oh, I cannot imagine your excitement when you first see these videos. Mum, she is a trooper for sure.

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  5. KB, your blog has enriched my life here in northwest Indiana more than I can ever express to you. Thank you for that... and for being "you".

    Blessings~ Andrea
    XOXO

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  6. They are such curious little cubs and so cute!

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  7. So adorable! Such tiny, uncoordinated little babies!

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  8. a mothers work is never done, i love the way she is watching and sniffing the air for danger at about the 3 minute mark...

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  9. Thanks for sharing this footage! It's so exciting to watch the cubs grow up.

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  10. Excellent, enjoyed viewing the baby cubs.

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  11. They are like big babies
    Lily & Edward

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  12. I can just imagine, at about day 3.5 stuck in the den after the snow storm, Mama Bear saying "Oh for crying out loud, go OUTSIDE to play!"

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  13. Bet they drove their mum nuts during the Snow Days!

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  14. Now that's having a good time indeed!

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  15. Oh, I did enjoy it so much. Such adorable little cubs testing their limits. And yelling for Mom to help them out. Thanks.

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  16. This is great editing of wonderful footage, KB! It's impossible to watch without adding "translations" of all the babybear interactions and communication.
    I always marvel at the rate of increased coordination in some baby critters - even babies like my goats, who are able to JUMP when they are an hour old. Seeing these bears strengthen their muscles and increase their abilities in just a few days is such a treat - thank you so much for all your time and effort and especially for sharing! :)

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