Interesting. You can't tell on the zebra, but the cub's eyes definitely look dark, like a normal bear. My first thought was that it was an albino, but it looks like that may not be the case. I've seen black bears in various colors, but nothing lighter than cinnamon. So that leaves you to ponder the genetic incidence of albinism vs inheriting white pigmentation from dark parents. Which would be rarer?
Very cool photos.
There are different color phases of the black bear. Black , brown,red (cinn), blue and white. The white ones are called ghost bears. Many of the black ones have white patches on them, I have a sholder mount in my living room of a nice blackie I took in Onterio that has a big heart shaped white patch on its chest.
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...