After 4 long months of darkness, these cubs emerge from the den with their mother for the very first time. This marks the beginning of spring in the Arctic. You can see the mother polar bear's joy and playfulness as she takes a fun romp through the snow.
Polar bear cubs are born blind, usually between November to February, and they typically weigh less than 2 lbs at birth. The little family, consisting of momma and usually 2 babies, will stay in the den until approximately February to April, depending on the cubs size and maturity. After momma bear breaks open the den, they usually spend about 2 weeks staying in the same vicinity while the cubs get used to walking and playing. When momma bear decides they're ready, then they will commence their long trek back to the sea to search for food. Mother bears will usually remain with their cubs until about 2.5 years of age.