Bears are natural predators and a few of the animals that never really need help, let alone help from humans. Folks around the world help out a lot of animals, but you probably never heard someone say that they helped a lion, or a cheetah or a crocodile, and in our case, a bear. But, this time, humanity decided to help out these creatures that were in trouble. So, how did people save some bears? Read on and find out.
This story took place at a lake called Lake Vygozero. This lake is located in the northwestern sector of Russia. This lake is notorious for its freezing temperature and current that sweeps (and freezes) anyone that dares to enter that lake.
SURVIVING THE WILDERNESS
Life isn’t easy in a place that literally turns water to ice in the air. These bears obviously didn’t want to do it, but for some reason they had to cross the freezing lake to the other side. Mama bear did it, however, it wasn’t that easy for the baby bears.
HARD TO KEEP UP
Mama bear jumped into the lake and started swimming. It was cold so she swam as fast as possible. But, after a few minutes, she looked back and her babies weren’t as successful in crossing the river. They were stuck and barely able to keep their heads above the water. So, the mama bear went back, didn’t she? Wrong! The mother bear continued to swim as fast as she could.
No, the mother wasn’t selfish and didn’t abandon her cubs for no reason. The current was the sole reason she didn’t turn back. It was already taking her all of her might to stay on track. If she swam back, she would’ve been swept with the waves. So, instead of giving up her life and the cubs, she decided to save herself.
It was getting more and more difficult for the cubs to stay afloat. The mother was able to stay above the surface, but it was taking every bit of strength the babies have to do the same. The situation was dire, but help was on its way.
When all hope was lost, a boat came to rescue the cubs. The boat had a few fishermen on board and they saw the struggle of the bears and realized they were going to die if they didn’t get help.
From afar, it looked like the mama bear was at a safe length from the cubs, But, when they got closer, they realized the mama bear could attack them if they saw the fishermen grabbing her cubs. They had to wait till the bear was away to lift her children. And, that wasted a lot of valuable minutes.
SAVING THEIR OWN SKIN
It seemed like the baby bears understood that the fishermen where there to help. As soon as they saw the boat approaching them, they started moving towards it and latched onto the side with their teeth.
It was really difficult for the fishermen to get them aboard. Those were babies, but they were bear babies. Their weight was nothing to laugh about and their wet fur just made things worse. It took everything the fishermen had and more to get the two cubs aboard.
Now that they had been rescued, it was time to get the cubs back to their mother. However, it seemed like the cubs were really just abandoned. The mother was nowhere to be seen. And that was the truly heartbreaking part of this venture.
They finally said goodbye to their cub friends. Their mother was nowhere to be found, but the fishermen couldn’t look after two bears. They had to drop them at a nearby island, hoping the mother would come looking for them.