Not just any mother bear and her cub, but a black bear with a white cub.

This mother Black Bear and her Albino cub were seen along a highway near Chapleau Ontario. Aboriginal people feel an Albino Black Bear is a powerful omen of good luck.

An albino bear is sometimes called the Spirit Bear or Ghost Bear but in the Cree language they are called the Kermode Bear. They are most common on the west coast of British Columbia but have been found in Ontario and Manitoba.

Origins: An albino black bear is a rarity, but as the photographs displayed above attest, an infant bear of that uncommon variety is what people started spotting near the Chemawawin Cree Nation in Manitoba (about 250 miles northwest of Winnipeg) around May 2004.

Visitors to the area began reporting to conservation officials that they had seen the snow-white cub roaming the First Nations community with its mother amidst a pack of black bears, sending tourists flocking to Oscar's Point at the northern tip of Lake Winnipegosis to catch a glimpse of the unusual little bruin.

Responses to " Incredibly rare albino bear cub with her mom spotted in Ontario (PHOTOS)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    So beautiful! What are the chances of an albino cub surviving? Remembering the moron that shot the albino buck....

  2. Anonymous says:

    beautiful...we can only pray hunters never find him....they do not respect our beleifs of this being of good luck ..they rather kill ..just like white buffollos .....

  3. Anonymous says:

    Good omen, very beautiful and sacred. Don't tell people - could be the end for him.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Look wild life. Lets kill it

  5. Anonymous says:

    I hope the Little Spirit lives a long life, dies sleeping in her own den, and leaves many children and grandchildren behind.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sweet bear, hope the little one has a long life and not killed or trapped.

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  8. Unknown says:

    A spirit bear. So cute.

  9. Anonymous says:

    it's not an albino. it's just a white cub, which is rare. albinos and kermodes are not the same thing.

  10. Unknown says:

    the only issue I have with this is that Albino's have Red eye's. Or red around the eye's

  11. Anonymous says:

    It's not an Albino, Albino's have red eyes. It is simply a white color phase of a black bear. Black bears can come in black, brown, cinnamon, blond, blue-gray, or white.

  12. Bee says:

    Adorable! But like Anonymous says, it's not an albino :)

  13. Unknown says:

    Still it is Adorable white cub.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I agree, it is not a true albino cub.....but is rare and beautiful.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I agree with a few others here, it is a white cub and not an albino cub.

  16. Aylianna Littlefeather says:

    They are referring to Ursus americanus kermodei, pron. kerr-MO-dee in Latin and pron. KER-mode in English. also known as a "spirit bear" (particularly in British Columbia), is a subspecies of the North American Black Bear living in the Central and North Coast regions of British Columbia, Canada. It is noted for about 1/10 of their population having white or cream-coloured coats. This colour morph is due to recessive genes common in the population. They are not albinos.

  17. Anonymous says:

    What a sight.

  18. Oya La says:

    Very beautiful Spirit Bear. Not albino unless its eyes are pink ~ no pigmentation

  19. Anonymous says:

    its not an albino its nose is brown plus its eyes. It a blonde (black) bear its still rear to see them

  20. cathy t says:

    what a beautiful white cub. please make sure this ber and her mom r protected

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