The “Lily The Bear Cam,” a live Web cam of a black bear in hibernation in Minnesota, was in high demand today and has since crashed as thousands tried to watch the bear’s den upon after she gave birth at noon today. Watch Lily give birth in the video here. The web cam was installed by Lynn Rogers of the Wildlife Research Institute to observe Lily The Bear’s behaviors in the den during hibernation period.
“We’re putting it there because there is so much that we don’t know about what bears do in dens and what behaviour they have leading up to giving birth. And how they take care of the cubs,” Prof Rogers told the BBC. “When we are there watching them, we always wonder how much of their wakefulness that we see is because of our presence. This gives us a chance to see what they do when no one is around.”
“Another reason is that the best way the public can get to know bears and get over all the misconceptions that most people have is to learn directly from the bears themselves, and this is part of that,” he added.
An official Twitter update noted a few hours later, “Mother and cub are resting peacefully.”
Lily the Bear has her own Facebook page, where she has more than 52,000 friends.