Is all Hope lost? Lily's cub goes missing

by bryan kennedy on May. 25th, 2010

All the interwebs were aflutter when the Ely, MN based North American Bear Center turned a web camera on a hibernating bear, Lily, who shortly gave birth to a new cub named Hope. We've blogged about Lily and Hope before - a couple times.

Sadly, Hope has now gone missing and researchers at the bear center fear she may be dead. There are some interesting posts from their research staff that give you some insight into how little we know about these animals' behavior.

Did Lily abandon her cub? Did they just get separated? Is this normal behavior for these bears?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

bryan kennedy's picture

In today's posting the researchers report that a neighbor saw Hope scampering away, so maybe she'll make it yet.

posted on Wed, 05/26/2010 - 9:17am
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Happy Feet says:

I HOPE YOU FIND YOUR BEAR AND THAT THE BEAvers dont eat him! but bears are scary! they eat me!

posted on Sun, 08/29/2010 - 12:40pm
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Anonymous says:

That has got to be the stupidest thing I have ever heard. beavers are friendly and cute animals that socialize well with other beavers and love eachother. a bear would eat a beaver before a beaver would eat a bear. i think beavers are herbavores anyways

posted on Thu, 12/23/2010 - 12:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you guys are crazy a beaver would never eat a bear cub even if it was feircer at the time.

posted on Mon, 12/27/2010 - 5:49pm
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Anonymous says:

do you really suppose shell make it

posted on Fri, 01/07/2011 - 2:43pm
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McCormic Pooter says:

They are soooooo cute.....not that animals are my interest.

posted on Wed, 07/21/2010 - 10:26am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

there nature you should like them

posted on Tue, 07/27/2010 - 5:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

oh well that is really sad and nerve raking that must be stressful

posted on Tue, 08/03/2010 - 11:17am
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Anonymous says:

That is so so so sad. I feel very bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 08/03/2010 - 1:21pm
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Kaitey S says:

Our math class use to watch lily & hope vidoes all the time!! i hope shes okay!!

posted on Fri, 08/13/2010 - 2:16pm
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Becca says:

so sad i hope hope will turn up okay. poor lily

posted on Sat, 11/13/2010 - 1:47pm
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lily lover says:

i hope she is found by now she rocks poor baby cub if shes gon foreva.:(

posted on Mon, 12/27/2010 - 3:11pm
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tay27 says:

i wonder if maybe the mother's behavior may be a clue to what happened. If she is distristessed or not eating it maybe she doesnn't know what happened but if this is her first or is quite calm could it be she could not handle the cub and....

posted on Sat, 02/12/2011 - 2:47pm
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sophie and shannon says:

i hate it

posted on Wed, 03/16/2011 - 12:28pm
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Anonymous says:

Poor bear,I hope it isn't dead...

posted on Sun, 03/20/2011 - 11:44am

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