In the 1980s, a black bear and her cub made a frantic dash across a Canadian highway... and didn't make it across alive.
Their remains were donated to the Hobberlin Museum - the skull and shouldermount of the mom for display and a box of cub bones thrown into storage. When their museum shut down, they were crammed into musty boxes in a crumbling barn, where they sat for roughly 15 years.
When we salvaged their neglected (and mostly-destroyed) collection, we uncovered these specimens and their tragic story. Now, at the Prehistoria Natural History Centre (#PNHC), after decades apart, we have finally reunited mommy bear and baby bear.
Huge thanks to our in-house skeletal articulator, Toby Boch (@tobia5_b0ch), for helping bring this cub (and this almost-forgotten story) back to life.