Polar Bear and Cub
Ursus maritimus

f8 @ 1/800 s, ISO: 1000, Nikon D300S w 300 mm and 1.4X teleextender

"Polar Bear," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cubs may fall prey to wolves or to starvation. Female polar bears are noted for both their affection towards their offspring, and their valiance in protecting them. One case of adoption of a wild cub has been confirmed by genetic testing.Adult male bears occasionally kill and eat polar bear cubs,for reasons that are unclear.As of 2006, in Alaska, 42% of cubs now reach 12 months of age, down from 65% 15 years ago.In most areas, cubs are weaned at two and a half years of age,when the mother chases them away or abandons them.
Randfjord, Svalbard, Norway