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Celebrating the Birthdays of Hope, Fern, and Herbie - UPDATE January 22, 2023

Lily and Hope 3/27/10

This is an 11-minute video about Hope put together by Olatz A. Munarriz of Spain. Back in 2013, her introduction to this video on Hope’s birthday included these powerful words:

"On January 22, 2010 a beautiful fairy tale began when our HOPE was born in a cold den of the Northwoods of Minnesota in Ely. I would have never thought that a tiny black bear cub, born so far away from where I lived, was going to steal my heart and so many others around the world the way she did.

During her short life she taught us the true nature of black bears, changing minds and removing misconceptions like never had happened before. She was an inspiration and a life-changing experience for many and I would like to celebrate her life and all the good things she brought to us all through this 11 minute video where you will find her story."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GIl_XcvDso&feature=youtu.be Thank you again Olatz

Hope’s birth on January 22, 2010 created more joy and her death on September 16, 2011 was grieved more deeply than any bear in the world. During her nearly 20 months of life she also taught more people around the world about cub life, emotions, relationships, and mixed-age litters than any bear in the world.

The photo of Lily and Hope (above) on March 27, 2010 was soon after they exited the den when Hope was three months old.

Jewel in den on 10-22-11Jewel in den on 10-22-11

This photo of Jewel on October 22, 2011 is of her in the den where she would give birth to Fern and Herbie exactly three months later.

This next 9-minute video is of Jewel giving birth to Fern and Herbie on January 22, 2012 and has great sound of Jewel’s welcoming grunts and the cubs’ squeals during the birthing process.


ChickadeeChickadee Red-breasted nuthatchRed-breasted nuthatch

Out the window, no fox or Bob Cat has appeared since the wolf first came on the 18th . He was here again on the 20th , but not since. This morning, he was seen nearly a mile away chasing deer. We’ll see who comes back first, the wolf, one of the two foxes, or Bob Cat. Meanwhile, it’s been mainly birds and squirrels here.

Thank you for all you do,
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center

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