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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Adventures of a Young Sow and her Cubs

Our local bear family - mom, a black cub, and a brown cub - was near my cams again recently. First, the black cub appeared all by himself. He's been on camera a number of times now. He is definitely the bolder of the two cubs!

In contrast, the more timid brown cub stays near mom. In this photo, "Brownie" is running down the hill to look for his sibling. You can see mom up above him.

Eventually, Blackie galloped up the hill to chase down his family.
It's rare that we get a view a fairly wide area to watch the whole family at once. I enjoyed seeing it.

Then, one week later, mom led the family to a water hole so that she could take a bath. She carefully cleaned her face, again and again. She was so blissed out by her bath that she seemed to forget about her cubs.

When her long bath (4 minutes!) was over, she went to look for the cubs. She had to look for a while. In this photo, she is looking directly down the slope where the cubs eventually emerged.
Mom exited to the right of this view. (As an aside, I now recognize this sow. Her name is "Mohawk", and this is her first litter of cubs that I know of. She's a young bear.)

After Mohowk was out of sight, her cubs filed up the hill. The cubs didn't seem to find her immediately. They sprinted back and forth a few times but I am sure that they found her.

I put together a video of this family during these adventures which I hope that you enjoy. I find baby animals to be the most fun to watch!


  1. Hari OM
    We have real characters as scripted by KB - wonderfurs!!! YAM xx

  2. A busy single mom of 2 deserves a few minutes in the bath!

  3. We sure enjoy seeing that special family!

  4. The cubs don't have a care in the world and they are just so cute to watch!

  5. they are not identical twins but both are adorable.. and Mohawk is beautiful all wet after her spa treatment. she was like the commercial Calgon, Take Me all her shaking and splashing and the sound of water droplets. I wish I could run like those cubs

  6. she looked like she was thinking now WHERE are those children, can't take my eyes off of them for a minute

  7. What a great series of videos of this bear family.

  8. So cute! Mom has that, 'now where did those little scamps run off to' look after her bath.

  9. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos and video. They are so cute together. Mom having a nice cooling bath is just wonderful to see. Have a fantastic rest of your weekend.
    World of Animals

  10. Wonderful Video. Looks like Mama Bear has her paws full with the twins who seem to have wanderlust fever.
    Hugs Cecilia

  11. Mama may have a little 'time out', but I don't think the cubs would stray too far--especially the brown one.

  12. Good to see Mohawk and her pups. The brown one even moves timidly as compared to Blackie. And we are guessing Mom was enjoying her brief spa time:)

  13. It's fun to see the cubs' different personalities and how Mom kind of forgot herself while enjoying that bath! :)
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  14. What an adorable family! I don't know which I enjoyed more..Mama's bath or the cubs playing!


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