Mama Bear’s Tough Love: Captivating Journey of a Polar Bear Cub’s First Trek Across Canada’s Icy Landscape

Have they ever had to cajole a worn-out child into continuing their journey after a long day out?

Well, it’s not too different in the wild, as a recent sighting of a polar bear family in Canada’s frigid Hudson Bay region demonstrates.

Poignant Moment Polar Bear Cub Is Made To Catch Up As Family Make 35 Mile Trek In Snowy Sub Zero Temperatures18
Keep up: This polar bear mum picks up her cub during a 35-mile trek to Canada’s Hudson Bay.

Caught on camera was a fascinating scene of animal parenting. After a day of following its mother, an exhausted polar bear cub appeared to be slowing down.

ADVERTISEMENT

Its mother, stepping in decisively, gripped the cub in her teeth, swung it forward, and plopped it back onto the frosty ground. The harsh landscape didn’t have any room for fatigue.

Poignant Moment Polar Bear Cub Is Made To Catch Up As Family Make 35 Mile Trek In Snowy Sub Zero Temperatures17
Powerful: The frustrated mum flinging her cub ahead of her so she can keep an eye on him.

This riveting series of photos captures the polar bear family embarking on a monumental journey from their winter den to the sea ice—a trip amounting to 35 miles. The destination? A rich supply of food is vital for the survival of the young cubs.

Born weighing less than two pounds, these cubs depend on their mother’s nutritious milk to bulk up.

ADVERTISEMENT

Once they are strong enough to leave their den, the trek to the ice becomes their initiation into the challenging life that awaits.

Poignant Moment Polar Bear Cub Is Made To Catch Up As Family Make 35 Mile Trek In Snowy Sub Zero Temperatures15
Taking charge: The huge polar bear puts her cub into position and prepares to drop it back onto the snowy ground.
Poignant Moment Polar Bear Cub Is Made To Catch Up As Family Make 35 Mile Trek In Snowy Sub Zero Temperatures14
Take a seat: The cute cub sits up on the snow after his short journey in his mother’s mouth.
ADVERTISEMENT

Over the next two and a half years, the cub will remain by its mother’s side, learning the critical skill of seal hunting.

These striking photos were the work of the celebrated American wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen.

ADVERTISEMENT

Over ten days, Mangelsen persevered in the bone-chilling weather, patiently waiting by the den for hours to capture these captivating moments.

Poignant Moment Polar Bear Cub Is Made To Catch Up As Family Make 35 Mile Trek In Snowy Sub Zero Temperatures13
‘Say Freeze!’: The bear family takes time out from their long march towards the sea and ice in Canada’s Hudson Bay.

According to him, the mother bear stays close to her cubs around the den for several days.

This time is used for play and wrestling, a crucial period that fortifies the Cubs for their daunting 35-mile journey.

ADVERTISEMENT
Poignant Moment Polar Bear Cub Is Made To Catch Up As Family Make 35 Mile Trek In Snowy Sub Zero Temperatures12
Hitching a ride: Weighing less than two pounds, the tiny cub pulls himself up the furry back of his mother.
Poignant Moment Polar Bear Cub Is Made To Catch Up As Family Make 35 Mile Trek In Snowy Sub Zero Temperatures1
Tough going: The bear family continues on their long journey in the sub-zero temperatures.

Read more Wildlife News.


ADVERTISEMENT