ELY, Minn. (WCCO) – Jewel, a 3-year-old black bear in northern Minnesota, gave birth to at least two cubs before an online, worldwide audience this weekend, according to the Wildlife Research Institute.

Dr. Lynn Rogers, a Wildlife Research Institute senior biologist and chairman of the North American Bear Center, said Jewel gave birth to her first cub at 7:22 a.m. Sunday. She birthed the second at 8:40 a.m.

Watch the video below to see Jewel give birth.

“Each cub was greeted with motherly grunts,” Rogers is reported saying in a press release. “The cubs haven’t yet found their full voices and are limiting their cries to squeaks and chirps. When they are quiet, Jewel is quiet. When they cry, she answers with grunts as she moves to rectify whatever is wrong.”

According to the institute, the cubs are being monitored by more than 100 den-watchers around the world via a webcam in Jewel’s den. The den-watchers will monitor the family until the bears leave their den in April.

“So many people around the world are blending their technological knowledge to make this happen,” Rogers said. “Over 500 schools are following this bear family and watching along with us. What we do for science is having huge benefits for education. People are watching in 98 countries and developing a whole different attitude about bears and their willingness to share the land with them.”

According to Rogers, it is important to understand black bears as humans move into and share their habitat.

New-born black bear cubs weigh nearly a pound and are around nine-inches long and lightly colored, the institute said. They won’t be able to open their eyes until March.

Family History

Jewel is the younger sister of Lily, who gave birth before the Internet in 2010. One of the bears that Lily gave birth to was Hope, who is believed to have been killed by a hunter last year.

Watch Jewel’s den cam live here. Daily updates are written on Jewel on Lily the Black Bear’s Facebook page.

Comments (15)
  1. Brett says:

    So I’m just wondering, what color of collar will THIS bear be wearingh, come next fall?

    1. Sick of Idiots posting says:

      Brett what color of collar will you be wearing in the next day so that you can be taken out! It is stupid people like you that destroy the beauty of nature and put all wild life to the point of extinctions. There is a reason we have a food chain and something like you needs to be removed from it along with others of your kind!

      1. Brett - sick of morons posting says:

        I wear a “blue” collar, if you know what I mean. I have NEVER said that I wanted to “destroy the beauty of nature” to the “point of extinction”. EVER. Bears are more plentiful NOW than they have been in the last 100 years. They are even in St. Paul, for cryin’ out loud.

  2. Nancy Aleshire says:

    Amazing to watch. Seems like bears go through a painful labor just like people.

  3. John W. Noraas says:

    Why is this program still being allowed to operate? Habitutizing bears, commercialiization of public resources, etc.? Why doesnt WCCO go and talk to the neighbors affected by these peoples activities?

    1. jackactionhero says:

      What neighbors are affected? Please be specific. Thanks.

  4. John Wayne says:

    I see Michele Bachmann has already put in her name to foster these lil’ buggers when mom’s killed in future,
    She is also sponsering a new bill that will pay Bear Foster Mom’s $1700/mo per bear plus free vet and medicines. for them.
    Smell the bear? Smell the money? Smell Bachmann !

  5. DaddyBEar says:

    The cubs must be pretty old if they were born before the internet.

  6. Captain Awesome says:

    yummy, yummy, can’t wait to get these bears in my sights, mmmmmm bear jerky, bear burgers, bear stew!!!!

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