You know how it goes…. everything is all good until someone says something about your child. Then for some reason, from somewhere deep inside a force of nature starts whipping up and BOOM. There it is. A creature the likes of which no-one would ever have believed could live inside you comes snarling out from the depths.
From the moment our cubs are in our arms a natural instinct to protect is there. Perhaps it’s because we know we are their voice, advocate and defender all wrapped in one. I can remember how I felt after Chase (my first) was born. I hated, and I mean hated, for anyone but me to hold him. No-one possibly could protect him like me and therefore they are at more risk to drop him or cause some other harm. It was a very difficult, raw emotion to deal with – I tried my utmost to keep it buried but my closest friends could read it on my face. It was very hard to let that go.
Mama Bears teach independence. In order to survive on their own, a mama bear teaches her cubs how to hunt, fish, and defend themselves. She facilitates growth, independence, and self-sustaining behaviors. With their mama, cubs learn important life lessons.
Mama Bears are fiercely protective. It’s a known fact, that a bear is a bear…. unless there is a cub around, then they are infinitely more dangerous. She will attack any animal she believes to be a potential danger to her babies. Like a mother bear I will protect my babies to the ends of the earth, and beyond – even if it puts myself in danger.
A recent example – I managed to get into a heated argument (very heated) with a dear friend and it was about our kids. At first it was more like some things got misunderstood but then as the discussion went on we managed to sling a few arrows and both mama bears came out snarling… by the end of the argument a lot of painful things were said – things that mostly weren’t even true – it was all teeth and claws!
I’m still hopeful to patch that one up.
Long story short, there is a reason they say there’s no more dangerous place to be than between a mother bear and her cub. Like her, I will defend my litter with every breath in my body, just try me!