While out walking Touro, we chanced upon a family of bears (a mother and her two cubs) sleeping in a tree near the center of Florence! It was 9 am and they were still sleeping. Until one of the cubs decided he was hungry enough to wake everyone up! He tried to wake up its sibling but nothing doing, so he went down the tree to Mom. I love how she cuddles but doesn’t want to get up yet. He even takes a little nibble of Mom’s arm to emphasize the point! After lots of yawning, they finally all stirred and headed down the tree to get some milk from mom. Susan Morse, the incredible naturalist from Keeping Track, found that mother bears will send their cubs up specific trees, to wait all day sometimes, while mom goes out foraging for food. Susan called these trees “babysitting” trees! Since male bears may kill cubs, these trees, usually very tall white pines, are essential to the cubs’ survival! Click on the pictures to enlarge.