29 Jul '11, 2pm

Mother Bears, Kangaroos and Cougars Adopt Babies

Mother Bears, Kangaroos and Cougars Adopt Babies

Two female grizzly bears in Grand Teton National Park have apparently traded one of their cubs. For tracking purposes the mother bears have been named 399 and 610, and since mid-July 610 has been seen with an extra cub. Prior to this time 610 was observed with two cubs, but since then she has had three. No one knows exactly what caused the mother bears to swap cubs, but it could have been a dramatic event like an attack by a male grizzly bear on the cubs. Sometimes they kill cubs in order to make a female grizzly more likely to mate. Another speculation is that mothers and cubs sometimes get separated when the mother is hunting and it may have been the two mothers were hunting elk in the same area. When they went looking for their cubs again, the exchange happened accidentally and was accepted by both mothers. Mother bear 610 will now have to find enough food and make enou...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/mother-bears-kangaroos-a...

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