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Published May 30, 2010, 01:09 PM

Biologists worry famous bear cub can't nurse

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Biologists are concerned that a black bear made famous when a webcam caught the birth of her cub is no longer able to nurse after a five-day separation.

KARE-TV reports that biologists Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield of the North American Bear Center in Ely (Ee'-lee) believe Lily's milk is drying up.

Lily and her cub, Hope, were separated last week and reunited after someone found the cub on Wednesday.

But Rogers and Mansfield say on the center's web page that the cub is weak and Lily is not producing milk. They say Hope "has lost her 'spunk' and we are worried."

They gave Hope a cup of sweetened condensed milk and examined the cub. They say she is emaciated and her hip and shoulder bones are prominent.

They write that saving the cub is now their focus.



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