Rare Black Bear Quintuplets Caught on Film!!


Image via: Tom Sears

It looked like on of those sappy, hokey forwards when I opened the email about black bear quintuplets. Yeah sure, I thought, and now if I don't pass this email along to 50 of my best friends, I'll have bad luck breathing down my neck, right? Or I'll sprout wings and fly away. Well turns out the photographer Tom Sears does exist, and so do all 6 bears, a real rare find indeed.Black bears typically have two cubs (rarely one or three), with five exceedingly rare. So Sears was shocked when he heard reports that a female black bear had 5 cubs in the early spring of 2008. For 4 hours a day, 7 days a week for six weeks that spring Sears sat outside poised and ready to get a shot of all five together. (Mind you, this is all taking place in New Hampshire. In the winter. So sitting outside for hours on end takes some serious devotion to your craft, not to mention a serious parka and boots). Finally, Sears was able to capture his shot (see above) of the family in action. Then he left the bears alone, not wanting to attract too much attention or get them used to people.

Throughout the summer and fall, Sears would get reports from neighbors that the bears were still wandering around in the area. That winter all six bears went back into hibernation and thats when Sears got the bright idea to take another shot of this famous family. On April 25, 2009, Tom managed to catch all six in action lumbering down their usual paths.


Image via: Tom Sears

Now having read that, and having seen the images of the five (good luck) bears, we ask you to forward this article along to five of your closest confidants or risk angering Mother Nature and never being able to grow another plant again. Just kidding.

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