Mother bear leaves cubs to drown, before fishermen make last-ditch effort

This is an inspiring story about cute and cuddly bear cubs, but before we get into all that, we want to put them on the back burner for a quick second, and talk about what it means to be a hero. Most people would say that heroes are those who exhibit a great deal of bravery while helping out members of the public, or people other than themselves, many times at great personal costs. We have no arguments with this claim: they can definitely help the general public. But while this is true, we also want to talk about the feelings of security, gratitude and even a sense of relinquishing control that comes from knowing you are cared for. This is likely what a band of bear cubs felt when a group of local fishermen came to save them from drowning.

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It’s hard to convey the feeling of terror someone experiences during moments of abandonment, let alone when in mortal danger, and despite the different levels of complexity in bear cub and human minds, when it comes to such basic existential feelings, it’s likely that these bears went through al this and more. They may have been together, but it was of little comfort when they found themselves fighting for their lives in the middle of a half-frozen lake.

That’s where we get to the heart of our story here. On the one hand, we have three cute and cuddly bear cubs, who were drowning helplessly in an ocean when they were reluctantly left by their big mama bear. They had no idea what they were going to do, and they feared for their lives tremendously. But fate would have other plans for them, and very soon, the tide would shift in their favor. The real kicker, though, is how it made them feel, and this is what we’re getting at here. When the local fishermen showed up while the cubs were drowning, the cubs had a feeling of hope. They had a marvelous sensation of warmth, as if someone is watching over them. This is the essence of what it means to be a superhero.

To be a hero, you don’t have to have a batmobile, or a fancy belt or cape. You don’t have to be able to fly. All you need to have is to have a good heart, and a strong desire to make a positive change. If you care about others, and you’re willing to put yourself on the line, you’d be surprised at just how many people you can inspire – and that’s what this fisherman did when he saw those helpless cubs.

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