Black bear on Internet gives birth to cub in Minn. (Update)

January 21st, 2010 in Biology / Plants & Animals
This undated photo provided by the North American Bear Center shows a black bear named Lily outside of Ely, Minn. Biologist Lynn Rogers and his North American Bear Center have placed a camera in Lily's den that may stream lily giving birth live on the internet. (AP Photo/Sue Mansfield, North American Bear Center)


This undated photo provided by the North American Bear Center shows a black bear named Lily outside of Ely, Minn. Biologist Lynn Rogers and his North American Bear Center have placed a camera in Lily's den that may stream lily giving birth live on the internet. (AP Photo/Sue Mansfield, North American Bear Center)

(AP) -- A researcher says Lily the black bear has given birth to a cub in her den in northeastern Minnesota.

Biologist Lynn Rogers says Lily gave birth just after 11:30 a.m. Central Time Friday in her den, which is equipped with a video camera. He says it was difficult to see her giving birth, so he based his conclusion on contortions the bear made, followed by her "sweet grunts" that show concern for a cub.

Rogers and his North American Bear Center put a camera in Lily's den outside Ely (EE'-lee), Minn., that streams her activity live over the Internet.

Rogers says he doesn't know if the cub is male or female. He says a bear's first litter is typically one or two cubs, so the 3-year-old Lily might go into labor and deliver a second cub.

More information: North American Bear Center: http://www.bear.org/website/visit-us/lily-den-cam.html

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