We’ve got a little treat for you in this latest photo update!
Wong thinks that the cub is probably a female too. He’s offered us a few more insights into this kind of bear behaviour:
1) The bear on the back doing the mounting looks older – loss of hair, longer and more curved claws, and is a female who has given birth in the past (has a suckling mark on her breast).
2) The blacker bear is a female too – good looking, younger looking with dense black hairs
3) In the wild, unrelated bears don’t normally get along well. This kind of behavior at first glance should be mating/foreplay behavior but these two bears are females.
4) Another possibility is that they’re siblings who know each other well. But in the bear world siblings rarely have the opportunity to meet one another. If they do they’ll treat each other as strangers.
Good work Reuben and your team in Rimba! Keep up the good work!!