A supermom grizzly bear who gained notoriety for displaying her cubs to onlookers by the side of the road has given birth to her 17th child.
Even at her ripe old age of 24 years old, the wild grizzly bear is still giving birth to kids. She resides in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park
Grizzlies seldom survive past the age of 26 in the wild. That hasn’t prevented this extraordinary mom from giving birth to a litter of four pups. Even without taking into account the grizzly bear’s age, four cubs in a single litter for a grizzly bear is rather unusual.
She was known as Grizzly 399. She became to fame for frequently appearing with her family by roadside, which prompted the creation of social media profiles in her honor. In order to escape males who have been known to end the life of young bear pups. It is thought that the ,,super-mom” learnt to use the busy roadways.
For Grizzly 399 this strategy obviously worked out. She has formally taken the title of most successful documented grizzly mother of all time. The Rice’s sons, Adam and Kate, captured these gorgeous images. Adam discussed them and said:
,,In her elderly age, let alone four cubs, which is highly uncommon. We weren’t sure if she would have cubs again. We were astonished to learn that she had four cubs since it appeared to be her attempt to disprove our assumptions.”
At the park, photographer Kate claims to have had a complete love affair with bears. She frequently grazes in meadows close to the road, which offers wonderful opportunities for tourists to gain a brief look into a wild bear’s existence.
It is believed that female bears in national parks frequently raise their young close to roadways in order to shield them from threats. As like male grizzlies that pose a threat to the cubs.
In 2011, Grizzly 399 made her first headline appearance when she and her daughter started raising cubs nearby. Her daughter was only five at the time. Since the daughter took in one of 399’s cubs and successfully nurtured it, this behavior is thought to be unique.