It’s a nature lesson! Those big bears are trying to be good mothers and fathers by giving all their skills to their little cubs. The mother usually gives unlimited help to her babies, starting form pregnancy to birth, including very much of the weight, as they give most of their calories to their baby through milk.
It’s known that when baby bear is born, it weighs less than 1 pound! It also has no fur, and is unable to help oneself.
The babies can’t do anything by themselves so the mommy holds her babies up to her tummy to make sure they are warm and do everything they need. Whenever the baby bear want to move on, the momma is ready to help, as well as give milk or cuddle the babies closer.
There are a lot of lessons to learn for those babies, but they are not allowed to leave the den during the first 2 or 3 months, after that their weigh becomes about 4-6 pounds, and they become able to climb up at trees. The weight and strength of little bears are depending on the number of siblings they have and how much milk supply mom can provide.
The little babies can’t get away from their mom during the first months, meaning mom still has the task of defending her little cubs.
Here are some of the most charming photos of mama bears parenting the cubs.
The most important and amazing thing here is that male bears play no part in parenting their young; mother bears do it all alone.
Mother bears also protect her young during the hibernation by sleeping closest to the den opening, cuddled close to her babies for extra warmth and protection.
No eating in the den. Mama bears work to keep the home clean for their baby bears to live in.
The mother bear is making a smile to her baby!
Teaching the babies start after the first hibernation. The mama bear gets prepared to give lessons about being independent cub, but also have to be around all the time to protect and nurture her young until they are 17 months. When the young bears become 2-3 years old, they become able to leave the den. Now mama bear work to push them out of the den to go out and fend for themselves.
Of course, the normal act of every mom is to stay with her babies, but in fact, the babies won’t stay babies! The bear moms accept the idea of getting away from their young and don’t show any feelings about it. They just ignore the presence of the younger cubs and sometimes start to chase them off to make them leave home!
Bear moms recognize their growing babies after years from going outside the den, but they avoid interacting with them. They also avoid being in the same territory with the babies, so they look for new areas to have. Bear moms doesn’t share the same places with the daughter(s).
It’s a little different for male babies, because they choose to leave their mother’s territory on their own free will before they are a fully mature bear, then they travel for miles to find new home and start new life and family.
Image credits: Marco Mattiusi, Edwin Kats, Tin Man, Anton Belvodechenko, Gary Pollock, Marina Cano, Peter Stahl, Nikolai Zinoviev, Danilo Ernesto Melzi, Cano, Sergei Gladyshev, Zinoviev, Graham Mandre, trolljenta, Sergei Gladyshev