Minnesota black bear gives birth featured online Sunday morning

The North American Bear Center in Ely confirms Jewel delivered two cubs. Researchers say it's possible she had a third bear cub, but couldn't confirm. Thousands of people from around the world watched a live webcam placed her den.
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The North American Bear Center in Ely confirms Jewel delivered two cubs. Researchers say it's possible she had a third bear cub, but couldn't confirm. Thousands of people from around the world watched a live webcam placed her den.

Watch video (below) of Jewel and her cubs.

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