The Black Bear Cam - Lily and Hope

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The Black Bear Cam - Lily and Hope

Post by Brit » January 15th, 2011, 7:01 pm

USA, Minnesota – Lily & Hope Den Cam

Have a look into the Den – Please first click on the picture and there then on the arrow:

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For comparism here is the

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(Ted - 14 years old, Lucky 4 years old)

With sound!!!

My fascination all started with this link macdoum posted here in the forum ...:

Love at first bite: The incredible story of how BBC cameraman filmed world's deadliest bears - and ended up introducing them to his children
By Gordon Buchanan

Please read yourself and then go to the Webcam and enjoy Lily and Hope!

Learn more about Lily & Hope, the other research bears in the project, and bears in general:
Read the Research Daily Updates


Lily and Hope belong to a family of bears descended from 21-year-old Shadow
Download Family Tree of Shadow's clan


Lily has 120,000 fans on Facebook!
Lily the Black Bear Facebook page
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Post by Brit » January 15th, 2011, 7:26 pm

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Post by macdoum » January 15th, 2011, 8:45 pm

There is a discussion forum on Hancock;
http://www.hancockwildlife.org/forum/vi ... wtopic=765

Although most followers (about 120,000 :shock: ) use FB the discussion in HWF is up-to-date too. .. :2thumbsup:

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Thank you Brit. .. :headroll:
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Post by macdoum » January 15th, 2011, 9:16 pm

As we are all waiting with bated breath for the birth of Lily's cub/s estimated to be about one week,a lot of data has alredy been recorded from the den,including this episode ofLily,helped by Hope taking off her radio-tracking collar yesterday.. :D

http://www.youtube.com/user/eiguoc?feat ... DrxW7HY8Dg

Lily the mother black bear is now four years old and her daughter Hope was born last year on 22 January.
The documentary 'The Bear Family and Me' by Gordon Buchanan was recently aired in the U.K. It tells the story of the first year of Lily and Hope filmed in their natural habitat.

This is the first time a black bear with a young cub will be observed giving birth.
Last year the birth of Hope was observd by about 90,000 people who then created the phenomenon of Lily The Black Bear on facebook and have helped to reduce the huge debt incurred by Dr. Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield to create The Wildlife Research Institude in Minnisota USA.
Dr.Lynn has been studying Black Bears for over 40 years.
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Post by macdoum » January 15th, 2011, 11:18 pm

Right now you can hear a 'motoring' sound (despite the noise the cam makes..a hissing sound.) this is the sound of Hope nursing.
Its just like the sound of a motor turning over.
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Post by Jo UK » January 16th, 2011, 12:38 am

Thank you, Carmel!

I understand that the next few days may bring a surprise - either the newborn maybe harmed, or Hope may be kicked out of the den.

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Post by macdoum » January 16th, 2011, 2:24 am

Jo UK wrote:Thank you, Carmel!

I understand that the next few days may bring a surprise - either the newborn maybe harmed, or Hope may be kicked out of the den.
I don't think anyone has thought of that. :shock: .. I think that mixed-litter dens have happened before.. according to the Dr Lynn and lit.
Well,Hope has been very demanding about nursing these days so we do wonder what her reaction will be.. :mrgreen:
Gotta wait and see,hope none of those senarios happpen.. :slap:
:offtobed: goodnight.. :D
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Post by Brit » January 16th, 2011, 11:58 am

With the friendly permission of Dr. Lynn Rogers I would like to post this, maybe as an entrance to the continuation of the story about "The Bear Family and Me":

Lily & Hope

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Lily, a 4-year-old wild American black bear, is part of the long-term study of black bear ecology and behavior being conducted by biologist Lynn Rogers of the Wildlife Research Institute near Ely, Minnesota. Lily made Internet history when a camera was placed in her den and the birth of her lone female cub, Hope, was broadcast live to 25,000 viewers on January 22, 2010. Hearts melted as Hope's tiny paw reached out to touch Lily's nose just after the birth. Lily and Hope became ambassadors for bears worldwide.

Unfortunately, one cub was not enough to keep Lily from coming into estrus last spring. Lily abandoned Hope during the May mating season. Five days later, Hope was found - 2 miles from where she was abandoned - and reunited with Lily. However, by then, Lily's milk ducts were clogged and Hope became weak trying to keep up with Lily. Researchers stepped in and began feeding Hope a special formula. When Lily abandoned Hope a second time, no attempt was made to reunite them.

Researchers set up a feeding station to keep Hope alive in the wild until wild foods became available and she could forage on her own. They also placed a tiny radio-collar on Hope so they could monitor her movements. Hope thrived. Eventually Hope and Lily crossed paths and reunited on their own. They travelled and foraged together through the late summer and fall, and they denned together in late October.

American black bears normally give birth every 2 years, but Lily was seen with males during last spring's mating season and is likely pregnant. If she gives birth in mid-late January, we will have the rare opportunity of observing a mixed age litter - new cubs and a yearling from last year's litter. How will Hope react to new cubs?

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To learn more about bears and this bear research visit the North American Bear Center at and the Wildlife Research Institute.
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Post by Jo UK » January 16th, 2011, 12:19 pm

macdoum wrote: I don't think anyone has thought of that. :shock: .. I think that mixed-litter dens have happened before.. according to the Dr Lynn and lit.
Well,Hope has been very demanding about nursing these days so we do wonder what her reaction will be.. :mrgreen:
Gotta wait and see,hope none of those senarios happpen.. :slap:
:offtobed: goodnight.. :D
I do hope I am wrong about that. It was a piece of information I picked up yesterday.

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Post by Brit » January 16th, 2011, 12:27 pm

Some abstracts of recent Updates:

07. January 2011 - Lily the Sweetheart

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Lily squeezing out of her den

08. January 2011 - The Ups and Downs of Bear-Watching

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Hope expresses anxiety

09.January 2011 - Can we collar Hope?

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10. January 2011 - Learning and Protection

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today with 3 Videos!!!
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Post by Brit » January 16th, 2011, 12:30 pm

11. January 2011 - More “First’s"

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Lily chewing pads

12. January 2011 - Quiet Day with Excitement

13. January 2011 -ACTION

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Lily and Hope sharing a 'nibble' on Lily's radio-collar.
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Post by Brit » January 16th, 2011, 12:32 pm

14. January 2011 - Things don’t go as planned

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Lily raking bedding.

15. January 2011 - Thank you, Charlie!

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Snowy driveway and the sign for Wildlife Research Institute's Northwoods Research Center
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Post by macdoum » January 16th, 2011, 7:31 pm

Thank you Brit you have made a great presentation here. :bow:
Its so easy to follow and get the whole story.
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Post by Brit » January 17th, 2011, 9:39 am

macdoum wrote:Thank you Brit you have made a great presentation here. :bow:
Its so easy to follow and get the whole story.
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Thank you, macdoum!

That is the meaning, to, how Dr. Lynn Rogers says, spread the word to this very important 'subject!'
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16. January 2011 - What will happen?

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Post by Brit » January 18th, 2011, 9:50 am

17. January 2011 - What is happening?

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Post by macdoum » January 18th, 2011, 9:01 pm

You have maybe seen this link on 'The Daily Update' but its a great video of the main events of yesterday;

http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/new ... 76719.html
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Post by Brit » January 18th, 2011, 9:40 pm

Thank you very much macdoum! I was watching most of the day ... can only hope, that everything will be alright for all!
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