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Mother bear defends cub in fight with 500lb male before they both tumble off rocky cliff in Spain

This is the incredible moment when a female bear survived to fall off a cliff after being attacked by a male bear while protecting her cub.

Filmed in the Montaña Palentina Natural Park in the northern Spanish region of Palencia on June 6, the female bear was seen fighting the male bear near the Peña de Santa Lucía rock formations between the Pineda Valley and the Curavacas Peak.

The male bear began to attack her as she defended her calf, but within seconds they both fell from a great height.

The pair land with a thump to the ground, and while the male bear stays close to where he fell, the female bear continues to fall further down into the depths of the vertical rock face.

During the scuffle, which took place during the mating season, the cub climbs down some rocks to get out of the male bear’s view, clambering up the crags.

Spanish officials have since confirmed that the female bear is still alive after she was filmed being attacked.

She was found deep in a narrow cave – but experts couldn’t reach her position because she was that far. They used endoscopic cameras to confirm that she was moving in the tight space.

Officials remain on site to continuously assess the extent of the bear’s injuries and provide food and water at various points in the cave while monitoring the environment.

The male bear, weighing in at 478 lbs (217 kg), on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky after he was later found dead by park officials.

Cameras in Spain’s national park captured Monday’s moment and have been trying to find her cub ever since.

During the mating season, which for brown bears is usually from late spring to early summer, it is not uncommon for male bears to attack females with cubs.

This is the incredible moment when a female bear survived a fall from a cliff after being attacked by a male bear while protecting her cub in the Montaña Palentina Natural Park in Palencia, Spain.  The cub is pictured below, clambering up the steep rocks

This is the incredible moment when a female bear survived a fall from a cliff after being attacked by a male bear while protecting her cub in the Montaña Palentina Natural Park in Palencia, Spain. The cub is pictured below, clambering up the steep rocks

Filmed in the Montaña Palentina Natural Park in the northern Spanish region of Palencia on June 6, the female bear was seen fighting the male bear near the Peña de Santa Lucía rock formations between the Pineda Valley and the Curavacas Peak

Filmed in the Montaña Palentina Natural Park in the northern Spanish region of Palencia on June 6, the female bear was seen fighting the male bear near the Peña de Santa Lucía rock formations between the Pineda Valley and the Curavacas Peak

The male bear began to attack her as she defended her calf, but within seconds they both fell from a great height from the cliff.

The male bear began to attack her as she defended her calf, but within seconds they both fell from a great height from the cliff.

This is because they often try to get to the cub, which they want to kill because they want to sexually arouse the female, who cannot if they are caring for young offspring.

Brown Bear Foundation president Guillermo Palomero told EFE news agency: “The goal was not to kill the female bear, but to give her his genes.”

Claudio Sordo, a nature lover who captured the images with his friend Carmen Ortega, told the Spanish newspaper El Pais: ‘We had never seen anything like it.

“We left feeling very sad because the scene was devastating. We couldn’t do anything. But it did give us a boost to see that the female bear was still alive.’

The local government said of the shocking images: ‘Late yesterday afternoon, the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Planning operation was able to make visual contact with the adult bear, where her cub is believed to be with her.

“The operation, carried out since Monday morning by the junta of Castile and León in the Santa Lucia area, was able to confirm late yesterday afternoon that the adult bear is still alive.

The pair land with a thump to the ground, and while the male bear stays close to where he fell (left), the female bear (right) continues to fall further down into the depths of the vertical rock face

The pair land with a thump to the ground, and while the male bear stays close to where he fell (left), the female bear (right) continues to fall further down into the depths of the vertical rock face

Spanish officials have since confirmed the female bear is still alive after she was filmed being attacked (pictured after the fall)

Spanish officials have since confirmed the female bear is still alive after she was filmed being attacked (pictured after the fall)

“However, it was not possible to determine the extent of the injuries due to the impossibility of accessing the area of ​​the cave where she takes refuge, as, as confirmed yesterday afternoon, the length of the room is more than 15 meters with a narrowing of less than 80 centimeters in some places, and numerous vertical wells less than 50 centimeters in diameter.

“Yesterday, the priority of the operation was to locate and assess whether the adult bear was still alive and, if so, to get the cub back if the mother was found dead.

‘Yesterday at noon, after failing to observe the bear cub outside, it was decided to enter the cave with endoscopic cameras and poles to monitor the interior from the exterior galleries and from the entrance to the cave itself, with safety paramount at all times. was standing.

“A real-time vision camera was also installed at the cave entrance yesterday afternoon to detect any movements of the bear or cub.”

“After confirming that the bear is still alive, the work plan for today is to provide fruit, feed and water at various points in the cave and monitor the area continuously.”

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