Tuesday, May 17, 2011
First bear cubs this spring.
Just today near Kronotskaya river I came across a first bear family this spring consisting of a mother and three large cubs (probably they are 3 years old). The winter was harsh on them: animals are extremely skinny and exhausted, especially the mother (second from the left on the picture). But they should be able to survive, now the first grass is coming out already, so the bears should be able to fed on it and last out until the salmon spawning.
My first thought was "how did they all fit into one den?" when I saw them this morning.
Original post is by Igor Shpilenok (both text & images) in Russian here.