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Minn. bear delivers at least 2 cubs on Internet

ELY, Minn. (AP) – A 3-year-old bear in Minnesota has given birth to two cubs before an Internet audience.

Lynn Rogers of the Wildlife Research Institute, affiliated with North American Bear Center, said in a news release that Jewel gave birth in a den near Ely to the first cub at 7:22 a.m. Sunday, and a second at 8:40.

It’s not the first time Rogers and his colleagues have monitored hibernating pregnant black bears.

In 2010, they recorded the birth of a bear named Hope in 2010. A Hunter killed Hope last year.

Jewel is the younger sister of Hope’s mother, Lily.

Lily also gave birth last year to two cubs named Faith and Jason.

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North American Bear Center:
http://www.bear.org

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune,
http://www.duluthsuperior.com

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