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.