Mother bears tend to be affectionate, protective, devoted, strict, sensitive and attentive toward their cubs, raising them to an age where they can survive on their own. Female cubs may remain in their mother's natal home range, but males are discouraged from staying and must establish a new home. Photo: Sylvia Dolson www.bearsmart.com
A European brown bear cuddles her cub in the Bavarian Forest National Park in Germany. Tragically the little cub recently lost his only two siblings, making this touching picture all the more poignant.