There is more to Alaska’s natural beauty than glaciers and mountains. Home to over 60 species of mammals, Alaska boasts some of the cutest baby animals in the world. Keep reading for fun facts about these adorable critters and to learn what baby whales and baby moose have in common.
Brown bear cub
An adult brown bear can weigh 1,300 pounds, but the cubs weigh less than one pound at birth. Cubs are born while their mothers hibernate so the best time to see them is in the summer.
Polar bear cub
The endangered polar bear is closely related to the brown bear. A pregnant polar bear digs a maternity den where cubs are born between November and February. You can see the families as they emerge from their dens in March and April.
Don’t confuse bison with buffalo—they are only distantly related. Alaska is host to the wood bison not the American bison. Bison calves are usually born in May.
There are many types of whales found in Alaskan waters including the orca (or killer whale) pictured here. The best time of year to see orca calves is in May.
The Alaska moose is the largest subspecies of moose. Moose calving season starts in late May and the calves can be seen across Alaska and western Yukon.
Coyotes grow to their full size within the first year of life. Look for the pups between April and August in small packs of their relatives.
Did you know that mother seals find their pups from among a group of pups through voice recognition? Pups can be born as late as July and are left at the breeding site while their mothers search for food.
Kits and Kittens
Fox kits are very family-oriented. They are raised in dens that may house more than one generation of siblings. Kits are born in early summer and may stay with the family to raise the next generation of kits.
Good swimmers and climbers, lynx kittens can be found at night (they’re nocturnal) during May and June. You can recognize them by their short tails and the tufts of hair on their ears.
Wolverine kits are born in the summer and if you catch them before they are 10 weeks old, you may be able to see the whole family together. Some start traveling with their fathers again once they are six months old.
Remember these animals are wild and you don’t want to get too close. Post a comment to tell us about your favorite baby animals.