Stories tagged Lily

Fifty years ago, not exactly on this day - but certainly during this week - astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Alan Shepard had become the first American in space in May of the previous year (and just 23 days after Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had became the first human in space). But Shepard's suborbital flight was just an up-and-down affair without any circling of the Big Blue Marble. Glenn was shot into orbit on February 20, 1962 aboard the craft, Friendship 7, and took this photo of Florida during one of his three trips around the globe. The entire flight took just under 5 hours.

Lily, the famous northern Minnesota black bear with her own webcam, has given birth to twin cubs this afternoon. Here's the link to the webcam that has a fuzzy view of the fuzzy new arrivals.

To paraphrase Jesse Jackson: "Hope is alive."

The missing bear cub was reunited yesterday with mom in northern Minnesota. Internet viewers have spent the winter/spring watching cub Hope and mother Lily through the birthing process and infant days. Here's the full, amazing story of their reunion. I believe the last thing heard from Lily after the initial emotional reunion was something to the effect: "Hope, you're grounded for the rest of the summer."

Here is YouTube video of yesterday's reunion posted by the North American Bear Center:

And here are previous Buzz posts on Hope and Lily:
Gone missing
Monitoring a bear birth

Lily, a 3-year-old pregnant black bear, made her den near a cabin in Ely, MN. Access to electricity, etc., meant that researchers were able to install a web cam in Lily's winter quarters. And today, their efforts may be rewarded. Biologist Lynn Rogers told the Associated Press that he thinks Lily's labor started today at around 2 pm. We should see cubs in the very near future.

Watch the live video stream for yourself. (A lot of people are trying to check it out. If you can't get through, try again later.)