Saturday, June 26, 2010

Boy or girl?

In June of 2008, KLK and I fortuitously had the opportunity to view and photograph this magnificent grizzly bear that was of such a size, and without a cub at the time of year when both black and grizzly bears are most active and most visible with their babes, we assume it was a boar. 
Exactly two years later, my fellow Yellowstone chat-pager, Hélène, has posted this video, taken in exactly the same spot as we watched the “boar.” I think we were very wrong about the bear’s gender. 

Whether or not this is the very same bear (it sure looks like it), four cubs is an extraordinary production. Quadramom Bear is truly the Park Celebrity of the Year. May she have all the luck raising them to maturity and independence. If all goes well, she will liberate them in the late spring of 2012. God speed, lovely bears!

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