Aunties from andra live webcam
Leaver and biologists from the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife hope to find a nursing bear in the wild to foster the cubs at that time.
Note: The camera will now be live 24 hours per day.
"We acknowledge that in spite of our best efforts as wildlife rehabilitators we are only second best to those wild mothers," Leaver said.
The remaining cub, Mike, estimated at about four weeks old is doing well and will remain in the care of Woodlands until early March.
The cubs became orphaned when a deer hunter stumbled onto a ground den and shot the mother bear in self-defense.
Keep in mind however that the cub does move around quite a bit and may leave the camera range or tuck under a blanket from time to time. Also, the cub is removed from the incubator periodically for feedings.
This is our first time attempting something like this so please understand we're not certain how it will go. Woodlands Wildlife Refuge is the only bear rehabilitation facility in New Jersey.
UPDATE: Nearly four months after being placed in a rehabilitation refuge with the hope of being released back into the wild, Mike the orphaned bear cub was euthanized due to an irreversible bone disease.
PITTSTOWN -- Take a rare glimpse at the real-time development of a young bear cub.
Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in Pittstown has given NJ Advance Media permission to place a video camera in an incubator with a bear cub to see how it develops. "We hope this inside look at the rehabilitation effort here at Woodlands will serve to educate the public," Executive Director Tracy Leaver said.
"We want to engage and educate the public about black bears." Three weeks ago, two cubs, nicknamed Mike and Ike, were brought to Woodlands following an incident at Allamuchy State Park.