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Bear Saves Cub Via Love Bite That Lifts It Over Highway Barrier

Thursday, 22 May 2014 11:49 AM

By Michael Mullins

A bear saved her cub from oncoming traffic outside British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park recently and it was all caught on camera.

The moving moment was videotaped by Ricky Forbes, a member of the Tornado Hunters storm chasing team, who according to the Daily Mail noticed the black bear and her cubs along the side of the road and decided to pull over to capture it on film.

"It was a very amazing sight to see," Forbes wrote on the online video news site NewsFlare.com, where the original video was posted.

As seen in the video featured below, the momma bear realizing the threat posed by oncoming traffic on the highway stretches over the concrete barrier and grabs her curious cub pulling it over divider and back to safety.

Less than a week earlier, another black bear was not so luck after it was struck and killed by a motorist while attempting to cross the Trans-Canada Highway in Yoho National Park, the Calgary Herald reported.

Known for their tree-climbing abilities, black bears are the most common bears living throughout North America's forests, though they are also found in swamps and mountain ranges, according to National Geographic.com. With an average lifespan of 20 years, black bears can weigh in excess of 600 pounds and grow to a length of six feet long.

Though rarely aggressive with humans, mother black bears are known to be extremely protective of their cubs and will often, but not always, give approaching humans warning signs to back off when approaching a cub, according to New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department.

Among the warning messages black bears will give to humans to stay away from their cubs are huffing and popping sounds as well as swatting the ground and even bluff charges, the NHFGD reported. On average, cubs will stay with their mother until they are two years old.

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