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    Posted: 08 March 2017 at 10:07pm
During one of our afternoon visits to the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge, my wife and I came across this obviously very pregnant bear. It looked like she was feeling a bit miserable and ready to pop that (or perhaps those) baby any minute. At times, you could easily make out the shape of the baby pressing against the mom's belly. And she was not a small bear, either. But even so, when she was ready to head back into the woods, it always amazes me how easily they disappear. I hope that you enjoy these photos and may God bless you and yours!

















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Awesome photos. 
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Thank you for sharing those.
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WOW! Very nice.  She Bear looks like she is carrying more than one.
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That looks huge for this time of year. I'm guessing over 550 lbs. Anyone else have a guess???
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From wikipedia.

"Litter size is between one and six cubs; typically two or three.[61] At birth, cubs weigh 280–450 g (0.62–0.99 lb), and measure 20.5 cm (8.1 in) in length. They are born with fine, gray, down-like hair, and their hind quarters are underdeveloped. They typically open their eyes after 28–40 days, and begin walking after 5 weeks."

 I don't think that belly is because of a pregnancy.  Guessing either a tumor or an abscess.  Cubs weigh less than a pound when born so I don't think that a black bear "shows" a pregnancy like a human.  Mothers give birth while "hibernating" (not a true hibernation) and stay in the den while the cubs grow to the point where they can walk.  It's pretty amazing if you've ever seen a film of it.  They don't look like bear cubs when they are born.

Either way - hope the bear in the pic is ok.  Thanks for sharing!Thumbs Up 






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Originally posted by bakesta bakesta wrote:

From wikipedia.

<span style="color: rgb34, 34, 34; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px;">"Litter size is between one and six cubs; typically two or three.</span><sup id="cite_ref-North_American_Bear_Center_.E2.80.93_Reproduction_61-0" ="reference" style="line-height: 1; unicode-bidi: isolate; white-space: nowrap; font-size: 11.2px; color: rgb34, 34, 34; font-family: sans-serif;">[URL=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_black_bear#cite_note-North_American_Bear_Center_.E2.80.93_Reproduction-61" rel="nofollow][61][/URL]<span style="color: rgb34, 34, 34; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px;"> At birth, cubs weigh 280–450 g (0.62–0.99 lb), and measure 20.5 cm (8.1 in) in length. They are born with fine, gray, down-like hair, and their hind quarters are underdeveloped. They typically open their eyes after 28–40 days, and begin walking after 5 weeks."</span>
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 I don't think that belly is because of a pregnancy.  Guessing either a tumor or an abscess.  Cubs weigh less than a pound when born so I don't think that a black bear "shows" a pregnancy like a human.  Mothers give birth while "hibernating" (not a true hibernation) and stay in the den while the cubs grow to the point where they can walk.  It's pretty amazing if you've ever seen a film of it.  They don't look like bear cubs when they are born.

Either way - hope the bear in the pic is ok.  Thanks for sharing!Thumbs Up 




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That's very interesting information! Thank you for expanding my limited knowledge base of black bear facts! I now worry about if that bear was in great pain from cancerous tumor. I have a couple of friends that work over at the ARWR and I am going to send them the photos and see if they have any input. Thanks again for your post!
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Please let us know what they say.  I'm really curious about that belly and those spots on the rump.  

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