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Five bearcubs see the light of day at Skansen

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The week after Easter five brown bearcubs was allowed to leave the den under the watchful eye of bear mum Lill-Babs. An arrival of bearcubs is a sign of spring apporoaching in Stockholm. It happens only every third year but this time it was a record number. Never before has a bear at Skansen given birth to five cubs in one litter.

Brown bear with cubs. Photo: Anders Bouvin.
Brown bear with cubs. Photo: Anders Bouvin.

Early in January the zookeepers could notice signs from the den that the cubs were born. At that stage they're not much larger than a guinea pig but through the months they've been feeding and growing until mid April when mum decided it was time to venture outside. 

The cubs will stay with the mother until the end of next summer. The third summer they will spend together in an enclosure of their own and after that it is time to relocate to other parks. The litter from 2016 is now living in a facility in Belgium. 

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Brown bear with cubs. Photo: Anders Bouvin.
Brown bear with cubs. Photo: Anders Bouvin.
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