1-11 - Juliet the Black Bear - January 11, 2014
Juliet, an 11 year old female black bear is preparing to have her 5th litter.
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(0:02) 13.57 There is no audio with this video. Juliet is facing us with her chin resting on a log. Eyes are closed. We see puffs of steam from her breath with the air so cold. Eyes open up just a bit.
Next Segment (0:32) 13.59 Juliet is still in the same position. She lifts up to shake the dust from her fur. Yawns. Laps at the air with her tongue. She then bites at a branch she had been resting on.
Next Segment - (1:11) 14.12 She has her left paw up on the bedding, stretches then climbs closer to the camera. Turns to our right, lapping at some snow that is off our screen.
Next Segment - (1:34) 14.23 Juliet is backed up to her latrine area, facing us, rear end away. She is raking the bedding.
Next Segment - (2:01) 14.29 She is standing with her head to our left, raking the bedding. Tossing piles near the camera, building up a short wall of bedding.
Next Segment - (2:32) 14.41 Her head is facing us, nose down as she rakes bedding. Lifting up her head we see a bunch of bedding stuck to her forehead. She puts her head back down, lays down and settles in for more rest.
Next Segment - (2:56) 21.05 Juliet has her back foot up against the log. We can see her footpads well. She pulls the foot in to chew on it a bit. Finished the scene by laying her head back down.
Next Segment - (3:56) 21.08 Juliet is chewing on her left front foot. Finishes then lays her head back down.
Next Segment - (4:22) 21.12 She is scratching, then licks at the air, settling her head back down for a final sleep.
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