Posted at: 01/12/2013 10:39 PM
Updated at: 01/13/2013 10:52 PM
Early Saturday morning, a black bear named Lily gave birth to two tiny cubs Saturday in front of a worldwide audience.
Lily, a six-year-old black bear from the North American Bear Center in Ely became an Internet sensation three years ago when researchers placed a webcam in her den and viewers watched the first live birth of a wild black bear cub.
Thousands around the world have been watching Lily after a den cam was installed last month so researchers could monitor her hibernation. One cub was born to 6-year-old Lily just before 1 a.m. and the other 20 minutes later, according to Dr. Lynn Rogers, senior biologist of the Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center.
Now, a team of over 130 den-watchers around the world will record standardized data minute-by-minute until the family leaves the den in April.
The technology supports the world’s longest and most comprehensive study of black bears. This is the fourth year that hundreds of classrooms around the world are following the Ely area bears.
Since the first NABC Den Cam went online in January 2010, it’s clear people want to learn about bears. On social media, Lily the Black Bear’s Facebook page has over 146,000 fans. Most importantly, the North American Bear Center is nearly doubling its size to include the Hope Learning Center set to open this spring.
Watch Lily’s Den Cam: http://www.bear.org/website/live-cameras/live-cameras/lilys-den-cam.html