A mother Kermode Bear with her two black cubs. Sometimes called Spirit Bears, this subspecies is incredibly rare (only about 150 exist). They are not albinos, but get the creamy coloured fur from a recessive gene.
Kermode “Spirit” Bear walking along a log over a river in the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada. These bears are not albinos. Rather, they are a black bear that carries a resesive gene that causes about 1 in 10 bears to be born with white instead of black fur. They only live on the west coast of Canada and there are only about 500 of them in existence.
A Kermode bear (a.k.a. spirit bear), a subspecies of the North American black bear, stands in the waters of the Great Bear Rainforest, located along British Columbia’s central and northern coast. By Bill Cubitt
Photograph by @paulnicklen taken while #onassignment for @natgeo. A rare encounter with a Kermode Bear (aka Spirit Bear) in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, BC. Please stay tuned for more and #follow me on @paulnicklen to see more images from this experience with a friendly bear that I will never forget. #beauty #nature #keepexploring #letsexplore #love #instagood #photooftheday #picoftheday by natgeo
Well, these custom Breyer bears started out as portraits of Kermode, or spirit, bears, the white bears of British Columbia. However, they ended up as a fanciful experiment in layering and dry-brushing. I love the final coloration, though, and this mama and baby are looking for a new home together. Their Breyer logos have been sanded off and fur sculpted back in where they were; there are a few minor uneven spots on the seams I didn’t sand or fill, and Mama has a bit of rough paint, hence the lower price for this pair. Still, they stand solidly and are adorable together!