Deep in the heart of the mountains of Europe, a mother bear struggled to cross a freezing cold lake with her young bear cubs in tow. This was a difficult task, and she had to try and swim whilst carrying her babies with her. What she did next, defies all of our beliefs about parental instinct. This is quite the tale.
Love Has No Bounds
There lies no stronger bond than the love between a mother and her children. Yet, this story of one mother bear and her cubs will surprise you. Love knows no bounds, and in times of desperation and needs, a mother will do anything she can to sacrifice herself for her loved ones.
In the Northeastern tip of Russia the freshwater Lake Vygozero, is where we set the scene. Due to its geographical location, temperatures can drop to a whopping -20 C. Freezing temperatures like this are dangerous for humans, therefore creating challenges for fisherman on the lake as well the wild life. When the mother tries to cross this freezing lake with two cubs she had to think quickly. However, what she did not foresee was how difficult this would be for her two baby cubs.
Can’t keep up
So, she jumped into the lake with her two babies on her back, but the problem was, that she assumed the little cubs were able to grip onto her. Her cubs assumed they would be able to cling onto her also, but they sadly could not keep up. She panicked and made a quick decision that would affect the course of her cubs’ future.
Let it loose
We know mothers will do anything for their young ones, but this mother bear decided to break free from her cubs and left them in the lake as she continued to swim to the other side alone. Of course, this isn’t what we would have thought would happen, but sometimes in the wild, the weak get left behind.
Of course she wanted to help them, but the current proved to be stronger than her. The current was so overpowering, that it ripped the cubs away from their mother in one fail swoop. Once the cubs were far behind, she had no choice but to keep swimming to the other side it was sink or swim, fight or die, she hoped that her cubs would follow, and together they would reach the other side.
I need a miracle
So the cubs were forced to try and swim on their own in a freezing cold lake. They had never even learnt how to swim but suddenly found themselves struggling to use their instincts when they were torn from their mother who swam on without them. The lake was unbearable and in such hard conditions, the cubs were quickly losing energy and desperately needed help. What would they do?
Hanging by a thread
The baby cubs were having an extremely difficult time. It’s hard to imagine them in that way. We can only imagine that they were terrified and paddling furiously to save their lives and catch up to their mother. Just as they were starting to give up all hope, something happened…..
Help on the way
Right now, the cubs could potentially drown, danger was all around them, and their mother was not there to protect them. When suddenly from nowhere a boat appeared. Luckily, the people on board spotted the struggling babies and they just had to act fast. At the same time, the cubs saw the boat and started frantically swimming towards it. Did they know this was going to be their saviour? The people on board the ship were in fact fishermen, and although they had come to the lake to catch some fresh fish, they quickly changed their plans on a new mission.
The closer they approached, the more they saw just how exhausted the baby bears appeared, frantically trying to keep afloat. There was no way that the fishermen could leave them now in this state. They had no choice but to do everything they could to save these helpless creatures. What would the bears do?
The fishermen jumped to action, but before they set about rescuing the cubs, the realized that the mother bear was actually still around. Even though she left her cubs to fight for their lives alone, the fishermen were very worried that if she saw humans interfering, her motherly instincts would put them in danger. So the only thing they could do, was to wait for the mother bear to continue on before they would rescue the cubs.