A beloved grizzly bear, known as 399, was caught on camera with her cubs after emerging from hibernation. One of the oldest known grizzly bears living in the wild, 399 is a 24 year old bear living in in Grand Teton National Park.
Renowned not only for her age, this bear has become famous due to being one of the most visible grizzlies in the Yellowstone region, often raising her cubs near a popular road in full view of photographers.
The old bear was photographed recently by nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen.
Grizzly 399 stands to get a better look at the growing crowd of bear watchers. Her cubs are growing quickly, as they are noticeably bigger than when they first emerged a couple of weeks ago. Happy Friday! Be well! pic.twitter.com/BedPSPRLg8
— Thomas D Mangelsen (@mangelsen) June 5, 2020
The mama bear can be seen with her recently-born cubs. Grizzly bear sows in the wild usually don’t live past 26 years, so having a fresh litter at 24 years old is quite remarkable.
Check out another photo Mangelsen shared below:
After snapping the first photo, Mangelsen reportedly texted four words to Dr Jane Goodall, the famed British primatologist: “Miraculously, she still lives!”
The fact that this old bear continues to live and produce offspring has made her a poster child for the recovery of bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem.