These are the sweet sounds of reunion. Baby bear Hope and mama Lily reunited. After 5 days of separation Hope was... HUNGRY!
"It took a while to get together then that cub was on her, nursing"
Young Hope was feared lost, abandoned by its mother.
"There's a hypothesis out there that mothers that have one cub will abandon it so that they can mate again and have three cubs the next winter."
But well-known bear research Dr. Lynn Rogers was skeptical of that theory.
"When I saw how hard lily was looking for that cub after two days when she couldn't find her because of the rain had washed away the scent I thought there's actually a lot we can learn from this is almost like an experiment."
So Dr. Rogers stepped in and brought the young family back together.
"Sue put some sweetened condensed milk on a stick, the hungry little bearcub couldn't resist that, coaxed her down the tree and I grabbed her by the scruff of the neck and tried to get her into the pet carrier."
Initially Hope was less than pleased; but later, overjoyed to see her mother.
"It was the most amazing display of animal emotions I've ever seen.
Hope and Lily have been hanging out near their den through much of today. Meanwhile researchers plan to continue to track the bear family in the hope of learning as much as possible about black bear behavior. In Ely, David Hoole, the Northland's News Center.
For more information about Lily and Hope, visit The North American Bear Center!