Congratulations to Jewel the black bear on her new litter of at least two cubs in the wilderness near Ely, Minn.
Jewel became an Internet star as thousands of humans watched the ursine mom bear down and give birth to her first cub at 7:22 a.m. Sunday on a live webcam feed.
“Since then she has protected it, groomed it, fed it and has been extremely talkative towards it — far more than I can recall other mothers to be at this stage. It's just a pure delight to witness. We are so lucky,” wrote Den Watch coordinator Janet Dalton on the Wildlife Research Institute’s website.
A second cub was born at 8:40 a.m.
“Jewel became active and greeted each cub with motherly grunts,” reported Dalton.
Lynn Rogers, a biologist for the Wildlife Research Institute, told the Duluth Daily Tribune that a third cub may have been born a little after 9 a.m., but the furry bulk of Jewel was obstructing the view.
You can watch as the bear family lounges in their den for the rest of winter on the webcam:
Other live bearcams and updates on past bear stars can be found at the North American Bear Center. You can also chat with other bear aficionados.
The webcams are helping bear researchers understand what the animals do in their dens.
“The six months of the year a bear spends in a den had remained for the world the least-known part of bear life,” said Rogers in the Duluth Daily Tribune.
Black bear cub seen west of Boulder, Colo. (Credit: Hustvedt, Wikimedia Commons).
Jewel via video screen grab. (Credit: DNews and www.bear.org).