I was so happy to see my young furry friend again! She looks like she’s grown & is doing well! Because I didn’t see her mother Peggy anywhere I suspect Piglet denned by herself.Peggy must of given Piglet the boot last fall before going to sleep.I found Piglet on the very same beach I found her last year at this time.They tend to hand around areas they are familiar with when they are young.
UPDATE: Turns out this is not Piglet after all.I found both Peggy & Piglet together last night.So this female cub is new.
Peggy looks so beautiful in this shot! I couldn’t of gotten a better pose from her.She actually seemed to be very proud of her new born cub “Piglet”!
Piglet couldn’t of been more than a month old here.Peggy had Piglet late in the year.The females give birth in their winter den.
On the coast,a den is anyplace that is dry & quiet. Usually a large overturned tree.
They are born with serious hardware.
Piglet had just been feed but was still hungry.She was crying for more.
When she was first born,her nose was more pinkish.The reason why I called her “Piglet”.She looked like a little piggy with her pink nose.
“who’s that Mummy”?
When It was time to go,Peggy very gently reached down & picked Piglet up by the scruff.Piglet had been protesting loudly at not being feed fully but when Peggy picked her up,she shut up & looked more stunned.
Peggy walked slowly & carefully up into the forest with Piglet swinging like a large purse!
It was such a adventure & honour to watch Piglet growing up over the summer!
This is Piglet all grown up as a cub.Notice her distinct chest marking.A thin vertical white mark.
Piglet & Peggy will be going to sleep soon.Bears btw do not hibernate.They actually go into a state of sleep called “Torpor”.Basically the difference between hibernation & torpor is that torpor isn’t as deep a sleep.In torpor the heart rate & respiration is faster.Plus the animal is attentive to sounds around it.A bear can be woke up simply by walking near it’s den. You can walk up to a hibernating animal & not wake it!
They’ve found out from researchers (who put bio monitors on a bear before it went to sleep) that if a bear is disturbed,It takes 2 weeks to get back down to it’s original state of torpor.The researchers had to go swap the cards every month or so from the recorder.The recorder was located several hundred feet away from the den.The data was sent to the recorder wirelessly.They saw in the data that the heart rate increased when someone approached the recorder!
I won’t be seeing them anymore this year.
Sleep well Peggy & Piglet……see you in the Spring my friends & thank you!
With the weather closing in,I won’t be getting out any time soon! So I thought I’d revisit some cub shots I’ve taken over the Summer. It’s been amazing to watch them playing,searching,climbing & growing bigger! Each of them has a unique personality.
I feel very lucky & honoured to watch them growing up.They are more like human children than one would think.