Viral video of a mama bear and her cub climbing a snowy slope is actually sad
When a video of a bear and her cub went viral, it touched on an important subject, adding another perspective to how animals react to our technology.
The video of the bear and her cub trying to clamber up a steep, snow-covered slope while the cub keeps slipping in trying to reach its mother have sparked two main courses of comments.
The two bears are not having a good reaction to the presence of what’s shooting the actual footage, a drone. The video has sparked conversations about the effects drones have on wildlife and the responsible use of them around wildlife.
Science communicator Ziya Tong first posted the video to Twitter and says if it wasn’t for the video going viral then no one would be talking about the topic and sees it as an opportunity to educate.
“I really doubt they would have taken that route, or they would have taken that route much more carefully and slowly if there weren’t this foreign thing buzzing obviously way too close to them.”
I don’t think I drew breath once watching this ... pic.twitter.com/YzGg4gLIkG— Storm Huntley (@StormHuntley) November 4, 2018
An area where drones have been found to have no negative effects, in fact, quite to the contrary have offered some unique insight is with the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP).
The footage taken by drones help them understand climate change, prey availability and human activities and their impact on whales and dolphins.
Director Lars Bejder from the Mānoa Marine Mammal Research Program said:
“Some of the studies that we are carrying out will allow us to provide information to conserve these animals. Very importantly, they are also sentinels of ecosystem health and this is really important because they can help raise concerns with the general public about concerns that we have about the ocean health today.”
Leehane from the Great Bear Lodge in the district of British Columbia, Canada said the experience was breathtaking, and the only other time it had been witnessed by staff was the year before in 2017.