Continuing on with the splendor of Katmai NP & Preserve …..
Usually when we visit in late August, we get lots of males or single females without cubs. When we see sows with cubs, they’re usually yearlings (cubs just over 1.5 years old). So you can imagine my excitement when out of the bushes emerged this gorgeous blonde sow and her two spring cubs. These cubs are about 8 months old and just the cutest things ever!
I mean … how CUTE are these two adorable sibling cubs? Sporting those natal collars and inquisitive expressions … all the while keeping their eye on their mom, but also watching us, full of wonder. They are so curious about everything that they encounter … fish, rocks, branches … doesn’t matter. Usually they tend to stick close together when moms not right next to them. They’re pretty obedient too. When you watch the command that these sows have over her cubs, it makes you wonder where many humans went wrong with their own young. Sure these cubs test the limit every now and then, but they are quickly reprimanded and they learn quickly where the line is drawn. In case you’re wondering why these two cubs look so different, it’s because they probably had two different fathers. See, these sows are quite promiscuous and mate with different boars during the season. So it’s not at all unusual to have cubs that don’t resemble one another, color-wise.
Mom keeps them quite close, catching salmon for them to feed upon and modeling the skills needed for survival. While they stay quite attentive to her, passing distractions, like this bird, sometimes win over the attention of the young curious cubs. LOL
Sibling cubs can also have quite different personalities too. This one cub in the back was always the more cautious one between these two and often we found him standing up to investigate the situations better. However, both interact together and though they might bicker about who’s fish it is, for example, often they share … or take turns. As with most young animals, they can be quite animated and silly. This little one had just fallen over and was trying to right itself … quite the rolly polly … you can’t help but be entertained watching them. Sometimes, in their anxiousness to be more grown up, they tend to bite off more than they can handle. Case in point, this little springer picks up this huge salmon … already dead … and tries to drag it around and impress the others. LOL These two sibling cubs, another set, had the best time ever playing in the creeks waters, as mom chased down salmon nearby. So curious they were … climbing, chewing, shaking, and pouncing on the nearby shrubs in the creek. Now back to the original two siblings, they found their own trees to play with on the banks. Of course, their mom stayed nearby as well. Again, there are more images to share, including another most interesting set of cubs. Yes, we had a great time out there and the weather, though more threatening on this day, was still not bad. Life is good. 🙂Up Next: Polar opposites … no, not polar bears (that will come later).
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