Throughout the day yesterday, I took several screen captures of the Black Bear cubs on the Wildlife Center of Virginia Critter Cam. I wrote about these cubs on May 16, 2013 when there were just 12 of them and they were tiny guys drinking formula from a bottle. Well, now there are 16 cubs - and they're not tiny any more. These are screen captures from 6:23 AM to 4:28 PM. The cubs are now in the recently completed Large Mammal enclosure - two 16'x16' pens joined by a "connecting tunnel". They all have access to both pens except when one is closed off for cleaning.
All screen captures are the property of the Wildlife Center of Virginia
06:23:13 A pile of sleeping cubs at sunrise
The door to the connection between the two pens is closed. The staff fed the bears in Enclosure 2 through the chute in the solid metal door to get all of them in this pen. Then the wire metal door (upper left in the picture) was dropped to contain the cubs. This allowed the staff to clean Enclosure 1.
12:06:51 Enclosure 1 - scrubbed clean, lots of fresh hay, the tub filled with clean water, 14 melons scattered around - waiting for the cubs
13:26:28 Branches with leaves that the cubs love to eat were added. And the melons have been a big hit.
14:07:26 Melon coma
16:28:02 Life is good - it's just about impossible to watch these cubs without smiling.
There are many more screen captures from yesterday on my website: http://www.janehoganphotography.com/wcv_bear_cubs
You can read more about the 16 cubs from the "Class of 2013" here: http://wildlifecenter.org/critter-corner/current-patients/black-bear-cubs-2013 There are some great photos and videos as well as histories, information about their care and more.
And you can learn more about the Wildlife Center of Virginia and access the Critter Cams here: http://wildlifecenter.org/ A warning: proceed to the Critter Cams with caution. They can be addicting. :)