Leap of Faith

August 26, 2019  •  15 Comments

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A crying noise came out of the forest in Yellowstone National Park this summer.  Repeated and repeated cries ...

When I investigated, I came upon the following scene.

A black bear mom (sow) was attempting to cross a mountain creek.  Piece of cake where it not that she had two newborn cubs with her! 

The cubs were terrified and cried over and over as mom left them to show them how to cross fast-moving water.  Finally she convinced one of the cubs to cross and it made it successfully.  The second one proved to be the difficult one.  The crying scene continued on for about 45 minutes as mom nudged the cub, crossed in front of her, waited and then came back to start the process over again.  The mom must have crossed 20 times hoping that the second cub would finally follow her ...

After many cries and "almost" jumps ... the cub went for it and made it safely to the other side!

Only to be awaited by yet another river crossing ...

P.S. Both cubs are doing fine.  I spotted them later in the day and they live to tell the tale.



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Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Landscape Photography
Thank you Rita!
When I visited last summer, I didn't get to see them and parts of Yellowstone were closed due to construction so I didn't have much opportunity to search for them in their area. I hope to get there again this coming summer. They'll be two by now and almost grown!
- Jorn
Rita Gehrke(non-registered)
These are amazing photos. Glad the bear cubs made it across. Hope they both survived to adulthood.
Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Landscape Photography
Thanks Kathy! It was amazing!
Kathy Hall(non-registered)
What a blessing to experience this!!
Jorn Vangoidtsenhoven Wildlife and Landscape Photography
Thank you for the great comment Barbara! Jorn
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