Right now, polar bear moms and their newborn cubs are snuggled together in snow dens across the Arctic. Polar bear cubs are born in winter in dens hidden under the snow. At birth, they are blind, weigh about one pound, and have only a light layer of fur to protect them from the cold. Families remain in the den until spring when the cubs are finally large enough to survive the rigors of outside Arctic conditions.
Denning is the most vulnerable time in a polar bear’s life. And in a warming Arctic, where polar bears face enormous challenges, the survial of every single cub is critically important – for a balanced nature and as a source of inspiration for Inuit artists.