For anyone who has tuned in to the Andean Bear Cub Cam, you may have noticed how loud the cubs can get. I’d love to say it’s only the mic — which is very sensitive — but the squeals can be heard throughout the entire Andean bear building. Our other bears can definitely hear the cubs, but do not seem to be bothered by them.
Quito, our 9-year-old male and the cub’s father, is particularly unphased. Male Andean bears do not take any part in rearing cubs. So, while he is aware of the cubs’ presence, he likely does not know they are his.
Something a little quieter (or at least muffled) we are listening for is the cubs nursing. They make a muffled trilling or “digga-digga-digga” sound while they nurse. The cubs have no concept of time right now, so when they nurse or are active is still completely random. We also watch to ensure Brienne is caring for the cubs when they call. She’s been very attentive and an excellent mom.
Tune in to the Andean Bear Cub Cam to hear and catch quick glimpses of the cubs. Stay tuned for more of our favorite cam moments and look for another keeper update in 2023!