Watch this Mother Bear Rescue Her Cubs in South Lake Tahoe

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The sow black bear swam each of her young to shore on her back

Mother bears are known to be fiercely protective of their young. That protective instinct played out on camera recently when a black bear sow was filmed rescuing her young cubs. 

According to CBSN Bay Area, firefighters responded to a call about three bear cubs that had become separated from their mother at South Lake Tahoe's Key Marina.

When the firefighters arrived, they saw that the mother bear had already begun rescuing her cubs by encouraging them to jump into the water, then swimming each one back to shore.

“The mother bear was determined to save all three of her cubs herself and ensure that they see tomorrow by continually swimming each one to safety,” the association said in a Facebook post, where they shared a video of the impressive rescue.

In the video, you can see the sow coaxing one of the cubs to jump into the water. The cub then climbs onto her back and holds on as she swims to the other bank and climbs out of the water. 

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