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Cute video of baby bear leads to calls for careful drone use around wildlife

Staff writers, November 6, 2018 7:00PM News Corp Australia Network

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The baby bear struggles to keep up with its mother bear on the steep slope. media_cameraThe baby bear struggles to keep up with its mother bear on the steep slope.


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Video that shows a baby bear trying time and again to climb a steep, snowy mountain to reach its mummy bear has gone gangbusters* on social media.

The footage* was reportedly* taken from a drone in the Magadan region in eastern Russia. It shows the mother bear pacing* helplessly as the cub continues to slide down the icy cliff face.

The video has been shared millions of times on social media after it was posted by a member of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

The three-minute video will have you on the edge of your seat as the bub comes agonisingly* close to reaching its mother, only to slide down again.

By the time the cub finally makes it to the top, we all need a good lie down and a cup of tea.

The video, however, has also drawn widespread* criticism from those who say the bears are trying to get away from the drone and wouldn’t have found themselves in the situation if it had not been there.

The baby bear starts to fall. media_cameraThe baby bear starts to fall.

Others have suggested the bears mistook* the drone for a bird of prey.

Still, the little bear that could is also being talked about as an inspiration* for us all.

The baby bear slides a long way below the mother bear. media_cameraThe baby bear slides a long way below the mother bear.

Indian billionaire businessman Anand Mahindra tweeted* on social media platform Twitter that it was the best Monday morning motivator and a parenting lesson — the mother bear “made the cub slip down again and try harder.”

Another Twitter user wrote: “Be like this baby bear and never give up.”

Others spoke to the “persistence*” of the cub, but added “humans are awful”, pointing to the suggestion the drone scared the bears.

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society said the video was an example of poor drone usage and tweeted guidance for any amateur wildlife drone operators to follow.

After trying and trying again, the baby bear is close to the top. media_cameraAfter trying and trying again, the baby bear is close to the top.


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bananas, crazy, quickly and out of control

footage: film, video

reportedly: said to be

pacing: walking back and forth

agonisingly: to cause great pain or worry

widespread: over a large area or population

mistook: be wrong about

inspiration: something or someone who inspires you to do great things

tweeted: a message sent out on social media platform Twitter

persistence: continued effort to finally succeed



1. How and where was the video said to have been taken?

2. The video is great to watch, but why has it been criticised?

3. What could the bears have thought the drone was?

4. What did the Royal Canadian Geographical Society say?

5. What does the word persistence mean?


Never Give Up

Describe your feelings as you watched this video. Was it enjoyable to watch or did it make you nervous or anxious?

Different people have used this video as a learning tool with a message such as “never give up” and “be persistent” like the baby bear.

If you had to give a quote, life lesson or tip to accompany this video, what would it be? You can take the angle of the baby bear that keeps trying or of the drone operator that possibly shouldn’t be filming. Write your message on a piece of poster paper with a photo or drawing of the baby bear climbing the cliff face.

Extension: Write a letter to the Russian government outlining your reasons for whether drones should or shouldn’t be able to be flown in the wilderness.

Time: Allow 20 minutes

Curriculum links: English, Critical and Creative Thinking


After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many connectives as you can find in pink. Discuss if these are being used as conjunctions, or to join ideas and create flow.

HAVE YOUR SAY: How did the video make you feel? Have you ever seen an amazing wildlife moment in real life? Describe what you saw and how it made you feel. Use full sentences. No one-word answers.

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