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.
All of us, at one time or another have gone on a hunting trip and had what we call “Blue Bird” weather. Warm evenings and almost hot days. We hunt in our t-shirts and enjoy the sunshine. We are way up in the mountains and have a whole week to hunt. How could it get any better?
That is, until we score on that big buck or bull. We work to get it out of the field and skinned as quickly as possible to cool it down. But try as we might, we just can’t get...