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painting of grizzly bear moms with some babies by Pacific Northwest painter Gwenn Seemel
Gwenn Seemel
Mama Bears (Grizzly Bear)
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

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Sometimes two girls raise babies together.

Grizzly bears mate during the summer, but the female does not become pregnant immediately, instead delaying embryo implantation until hibernation. If her caloric intake over the summer was sufficient, she will give birth in mid-winter, often to twins. Mother and cubs remain in the den for a few more months, leaving as spring arrives. At this point, the female will sometimes form a friendship with another mother and share in childcare.

Sometimes two boys parent as a team.

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grizzly painting by wildlife illustrator Gwenn Seemel
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