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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A researcher says Lily the black bear has given birth to a cub in her den in northeastern Minnesota.
Biologist Lynn Rogers says Lily gave birth just after 11:30 a.m. Central Time Friday in her den, which is equipped with a video camera. He says it was difficult to see her giving birth, so he based his conclusion on contortions the bear made, followed by “sweet grunts” that show concern for a cub.
Rogers and his North American Bear Center put a camera in Lily’s den outside Ely (EE’-lee), Minn., that streams her activity live over the Internet.
Rogers says he doesn’t know if the cub is male or female.
A bear’s first litter is typically one or two cubs. But Rogers said enough time has passed that it’s unlikely the 3-year-old Lily will deliver a second cub.
On the Net:
North American Bear Center: http://www.bear.org/website/visit-us/lily-den-cam.html