Even at the great age of 24, the wild grizzly bear in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park is still bearing offspring. Grizzlies only live for 26 years in the wild, but that hasn’t prevented this extraordinary mom from giving birth to a litter of four cubs. Four cubs in a single litter for a grizzly bear is exceptional, even before considering the grizzly’s age.
She became well-known for her regular sightings beside roadsides with her family as Grizzly 399, spurring the formation of social media pages in her honor. The’super-mom’ is thought to have learnt to dodge males who have been known to harm newborn bear cubs by using busy roadways.
Grizzly 399’s method definitely worked off, as she is currently the most successful documented grizzly mother of all time. These amazing pictures were shot by Kate and Adam Rice. “We weren’t sure she’d produce cubs again at her senior age, never alone four, which is highly uncommon,” Adam said of them.
“We were taken aback to find she had four cubs; it appeared to be her way of proving us wrong.”
Kate works as a park photographer and professes to be utterly obsessed with bears.”She often grazes in meadows along the road, providing tourists with a fantastic opportunity to see a wild bear in action.”
“Female bears in national parks frequently raise their cubs near the roadside because it is believed they use people to protect their cubs from dangers such as male grizzlies who threaten the cubs.”
Grizzly 399 made news in 2011 when she and her five-year-old daughter started rearing cubs in the same region. This is regarded to be a first-of-its-kind behavior, as the daughter adopted and successfully reared one of 399’s cubs.