Bear Cubs

Bear Cubs

My first stuffed animal as a child was a panda bear. When I had my daughter, she collected — you guessed it — Care Bears. Last year, I gave my three-year-old grandson a stuffed brown bear for his birthday. There is just something cuddly about those round ears and overall plump silhouette that brings on a strong case of the awwwws. Some of the information in this blog has to do with bears generally. But all the pics and the videos include adorable cubs.

The most interesting fact I unearthed was that bears share a common ancestor with wolves, dogs, foxes and coyotes! I had no idea!

Here’s a wonderful video of two, small, 12-week-old bear cubs making their way down a cottonwood tree. Mama made her den way up in the tree, which kept her cubs safe from other bear attacks.

In this video, which is on the long side, 2 four-week-old cubs are rescued and raised in the Carpathian Mountains. DH and I watched this story, with our grandkids, about how this man went about raising the cubs and preparing them to live in the wild. Wonderful.

FunFacts about Bears and Bear Cubs (Source) (Source)

  • There are 8 species of bears: American black bear, sloth bear, sun bear, Asiatic black bear, brown bear, giant panda bear, spectacled bear and the polar bear.
  • Bears live up to 30 years in the wild.
  • Mother bears are affectionate, protective, strict and devoted. Depending on the species, they will keep their cubs close up to three years.
  • Bears can see in color.
  • The bear ancestor is an offshoot of the Canidae family which includes, dogs, wolves, foxes and coyotes.
  • Except when courting or when a mother bear raises her young, bears are solitary animals.
  • The sun bear, found in the tropical forests of southeast Asia, is the smallest bear at only 4-5 feet long (1.2 to 1.5 meters).
  • Polar bears are the biggest bears and weigh up to 1600 pounds. Grizzly bears weigh up to 790 pounds.
  • Most bears are omnivores.
  • Bears hibernate. During hibernation, the bear’s metabolism slows, its body temperature decreases and it’s heartrate slows from 55 to 9 beats per minute.
  • Male bears visit females to see if they’re ready for breeding. Courtship varies among species. Ovulation occurs during the mating rituals.
  • Gestation lasts from 6-9 months.
  • Female bears give birth during hibernation.
  • Litter sizes vary depending on the species, though up to four seems normal.
  • Cubs are born blind and entirely dependent on their mothers.
  • Cubs nurse up to a year.
  • By 2-3 months, cubs are ready to follow their mothers from their dens.
  • Male bears play no role in raising their young.
  • The giant panda can only suckle one cub at a time. If twins are born, one is left to die.
  • Males will kill cubs to bring a female into a reproductive state. Mother bears will, however, defend their cubs to the death.

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