Nature Notes

Mount Rainier National Park

Vol. III June 1, 1926 No. 19

Issued monthly during the winter months; weekly during the summer season by the Mount Rainier National Park Nature Guide Service.
F. W. Schmoe Park Naturalist.


Members of the local chapter of the F.F. of F. (First Families of the Forest) were made happy recently by the announcement that one of their popular charter members, Mrs. Betty Brown-Bear, has been honored by the birth of three cubs,-triplets.

All members of the social group to which the bears of the National Park belong, and especially the lively "younger set" with which Betty associates, are rejoicing over the glad tidings. The news was made public last week at a luncheon given in the afternoon by local hotel people.

The luncheon, a charming informal affair, was attended by several well known park residents. The first course, consisting of a goodly supply of choice kitchen scraps was served in the back yard, but the final course of condensed milk was served on the veranda; Mrs. Broulette, who officiated at the milk cans, having by her gracious and hospitable manner sufficiently dispelled Betty's native shyness to induce her to come closer to the house.

The three cubs, who had previously been put to bed in the lower branches of a tall fir tree nearby, slept through the entire afternoon. They are still so shy of strangers that their mother thinks it is best to leave them behind while attending social affairs, so the guests saw them only at a distance.

Mrs. Broulette, who knows the family best, reports that they are perfectly adorable little balls of fur little larger at present than big cats. One is a light cinnamon brown like his mother, another is a dark brown, and the third is the same only more so.

Betty has been well known in the community since she was a cub herself back in 1920, and has become quite famous for her friendliness with park residents and visitors. Three years ago she was the happy mother of twins, -both grown to respectable bearhood now and shifting for themselves. Twins are not uncommon among members of the bear clan, but triplets - well Betty has cause to be proud.

Mr. Brown-Bear, the father, is not so well known socially as his charming wife, being of a retiring nature and attending strictly to his own affairs. He is a traveling man and has not been heard of since he departed last fall on a hunting expedition.

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