A polar hero mom who gained notoriety for displaying her cubs to visitors along the highway has given birth to her 17th child. Even at the great age of 24, the wild grizzly in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park is still bearing offspring.
Grizzlies don’t live much longer than 26 years in the wild, but it hasn’t prevented this exceptional mom from having four kids.
Even without taking the grizzly’s age into account, four cubs in a single litter for a grizzly bear is unusual.
Grizzlies in the wild don’t live much longer than 26 years, but that hasn’t prevented this extraordinary mom from giving birth to four pups.
Even without considering the grizzly’s age, four cubs in a single litter for a grizzly bear is unusual.
She was known as Grizzly 399 because she was often seen on the side of the road with her family, prompting the creation of social media profiles in her honor.
It’s thought that the super mom learned to avoid males renowned for killing newborn bear pups by using crowded roadways.
Grizzly 399, the most successful reported grizzly mother of all time, has undoubtedly benefited from this strategy.
Kate and Adam Rice took these incredible photographs. Adam remarked about them:
“At her older age, we weren’t sure she’d produce cubs again, much alone four, which is quite uncommon.”
“We were taken aback when we learned she produced four cubs; it seemed to be her way of proving us wrong.”
Kate works as a photographer at the park and claims to be completely smitten with bears.
“She often grazes in meadows along the road, providing a fantastic chance for tourists to see a wild bear in action.”
“It is considered that female bears in national parks raise their cubs along the roadway to shield them from threats such as male grizzlies that harm the youngsters.”
Grizzly 399 made her first appearance in the spotlight in 2011 when she and her five-year-old daughter started raising cubs in the same region.
This is thought to be a first since the daughter adopted one of 399’s pups and successfully nurtured it herself.
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