A 3-year-old bear in Minnesota has given birth to two cubs before an Internet audience.

Lynn Rogers of the Wildlife Research Institute, affiliated with North American Bear Center, said in a news release that Jewel gave birth in a den near Ely to the first cub at 7:22 a.m. Sunday, and a second at 8:40.

It's not the first time Rogers and his colleagues have monitored hibernating pregnant black bears.

In 2010, they recorded the birth of a bear named Hope in 2010. A Hunter killed Hope last year.

Jewel is the younger sister of Hope's mother, Lily.

Lily also gave birth last year to two cubs named Faith and Jason.

Black bears, whose scientific name is Ursus americanus, are solitary animals most commonly found in forests. Despite their name, not all black bears are black. They can be brown, blond, bliush-gray, or even creamy white, according to the National Museum of Natural History website.

Female black bears give birth to two or three cubs in mid-winter, according to National Geographic. The cubs are blind and helpless at birth and stay with their mother for about two years.


VIDEO: Between 7:22 and 7:25 Jewel got her first cub

WATCH the 2nd birth here:

Responses to "Bear Gives Birth To 2 Cubs Online (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    12 minutes of wonder so far! is the voice popping to get the cub used to 'mom as she cleans her? and the little voice getting the air going? circulating? i always wondered what the home was like on the inside-wonder what got her to turn around maybe something moving by the entry because of the moment ? is good to learn the activity , as well as being such a joy ! thank you =) i have my nite watch planned for this eve !

  2. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely joyous to watch & listen. At one point on the first video it almost sounded like a human baby crying. Thank you so very much!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. Dr Rogers is under attack by the Minnesota DNR, it is wonderful that this is being shared with hundreds of thousands world wide

  4. Anonymous says:

    i never get tired of seeing people learning about black bears an enjoying WRI videos. always something new to see an learn an you can have fun doing it. just great to see so many school classrooms using the live den cams for educational purposes in the USA. great to see such support for bear education around the world !

  5. Anonymous says:

    Love seeing to black bears around our area, and so sad to see them hunted and killed. If my cats get excited during the night, I can always get up to see one enjoying itself under one of my bird feeders. Thank you so much for sharing this. It makes me appreciate them even more!

  6. Unknown says:

    Dr Rogers does amazing work. Sadly, the Minnesota DNR is attempting to shut his research down. Please come to his facebook page to learn more. https://www.facebook.com/lily.the.black.bear

  7. Unknown says:

    Thw state on mn should be so embarrassed about their dnr they are mean and cruel humans .To take away our den viewing do they understand how many people they are hurting by not be able to get up watch our beloved bears,what the heck is it hurting the state pays none of the cost.or dose the work.they sure wanted to protect a bear they have been watching for years wish is great but why was june dot and aster picked on. we need to rise up and fught these people for our rights and bears right.Look out if i win the lottery i will hire best team of lawyers to take you to school.

  8. Anonymous says:

    couldn't see anything

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