Jewel the Bear to Give Birth Live

By KBJR News 1

January 16, 2012 Updated Jan 16, 2012 at 7:45 PM CST

Ely, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Bear lovers wait anxiously as black bear "Jewel" continues to show signs that she's ready to give birth live on her den cam.

Jewel is the sister of internet phenom "Lily".

It was just a few years ago that Lily became the first black bear to give birth live on a web cam placed at the mouth of her den.

Hope was the first cub to be born on camera to the delight of millions around the world.

Lily subsequently gave birth last year to cubs Jason and Faith.

Researchers at the Wildlife Research Institute say that Jewel began showing signs that her labor was picking up on Saturday.

But the scientists say it's hard to say for sure if Jewel is actually in labor because there is so little research on bear's giving birth and each bear could differ in their pregnancy.

To check out the live feed of the den cam, go to http://www.bear.org/livecams/jewel-den-cam.php

Posted to the web by Krista Burns