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on Jul 29, 2009 in Wildlife Photography

Speaking of Characters. Day2

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A family of four showed up today, the very definition of characters in the fur. Mom is great, works hard to keep the kids and herself fed. She has three two year old cubs, one is a handful, one pretty calm and the last afraid of its own shadow.

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The oldest seen here on the right looking cute and innocent is anything but. He is a handful now and will be a pain in the ass when an adult. Already in life, he has mastered stealing salmon from his mom. Competition between cubs can be intense but this kid takes it to a new level. He even tries to steal from the males at the falls. That could be fatal but it doesn’t seem to stop him.

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What makes him even more a character is when he steals some fish, he shows it off. Seriously, he hams it up for what seems like the crowd on the platform but probably more likely it’s to rub it in the faces of his siblings. He’s a pistol!

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Then there is the smallest bear. The crowd pleasure because everyone felt it was a runt and not likely to live. Don’t think that’s the case but it didn’t stop all the ahhssss. All three cubs are in the middle of their molt, too bad because I bet by this time next month, they will be filling out with a gorgeous coat. Hope they stick around, they are fun!

Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-17e on Lexar UDMA digital film