Den Cam 2011

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February 5, 2011 - Velcro Cub

While Hope was trying to sleep, she was roused by one of the cubs clinging to her head. It proved to be quite a challenge for poor Hope to dislodge that cub!

This clip demonstrates an unexpected gentleness by yearling Hope toward the cub that is digging its needle-like claws into Hope's skin in an effort to hang on while Lily shows no concern.

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February 02, 2011 - Lily's Den - Views of the cubs!

Lily is the Queen of Firsts.  Last year she was the first bear to give birth online.  This year she has the first mixed age litter ever studied in a den, and the light colored cub might be the first brown cub in the clan we are studying.

The way the 2 cubs and yearling Hope get along is beyond what we thought.  Hope licks the cubs and is gentle with them, even when competing for milk.  Lily is patient with them all.

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February 1, 2011 - Glimpse of the Cubs

Lily offers us a glimpse of her cubs. As she moves, you can see the cub up against Hope. In the second clip, the cubs are struggling to find and hold on to a nipple as Lily moves around. Notice Hope's nose poking in from under Lily's arm.

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January 26, 2011 - Best view of the cubs yet!

Today, during the noon hour we were allowed several very clear views of the cubs.