For Mowgli the bear cub, life with Mom was all he’d ever known.
When he got tired, she would carry him on her back. When he was hungry, she was always there to nurse him. And soon, as he got bigger, she would begin teaching him all there was to know about being a bear.
But after only 10 weeks together, all of that was gone. Mowgli’s mom, with her baby on her back, ventured out of the safety of Sanjay-Dubri National Park in search of food — and walked into a trap of electric wires set by poachers.
The volts paralyzed her instantly, and she was lifeless by the time forest officials found her. But baby Mowgli still wouldn’t stop hugging her chest.