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One of last year’s baby pandas at Chengdu Panda Base, Sichuan China

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Baby sun bears are born blind, hairless, and helpless, and are completely dependent on their mothers for their first three months.  Their mothers will carry them in their mouths or, unusually, by cradling them in their arms while they walk on their hind legs, a behaviour seen in no other bear species.  The cubs nurse from their mother for around 18 months, and will stay with her until they are two years old.  Females are ready to find a mate of their own by the time they are three, and males reach sexual maturity at around four.

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Mama Bear and Baby Bears

Jasper National Park, Canada

I got to see my favorite animal just outside of Jasper! A little ways off the road a sow was foraging while her three babies played. SOOOOOO CUTE! I’ve seen bears before but never with cubs. We sat and watched them for little while from a distance in the safety of the Subaru. 

© Michelle Gefre | Trail the Sun

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Brown Bear Cub running by Vince Burton
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Brown Bear cub, Ursus Arctos running through the river