Days-Old Bear Cubs Learn The Comforts Of A Mother's Den
These rescued bear cubs have a thirst for life ... and for milk. Staff at the International Fund For Animal Welfare's (IFAW) Orphan Bear Rescue Center in Bubonitsy, Russia, set up go-pros to catch this adorable footage of the cubs gulping from their bottles, playing with each other and just generally being adorable.
"Mmm, not too hot, not too cold ... this milk is just right."
"In the early stages of rehab, the bears are bottle-fed, given ample time to play, and kept in temperature-controlled environments that mimic a mother bear's den," IFAW explained in the video description on YouTube. Apparently the cubs are also very curious about cameras in the early stages of rehab.
"What is that? Is someone in there? How does it taste?"
Brown bears in Russisa face threats including habitat loss and hunting - some of these cubs may have lost their mothers to trophy hunters who left babies to starve in the wild. Some of the cubs at the rehab center arrive when they're only days old. They're cared for until they're old enough (and experienced enough) to be released into the wild.
There are 16 cubs at the rehab center - so they get the chance to cuddle and play with other baby bears. That doesn't mean they don't need a break from each other sometimes.
"Let's see what's happening over here ... you guys are driving me crazy!"
Learn more about IFAW's bear cub rehab center here.
And watch the whole adorable video below: