Image: Lily, the black bear
Sue Mansfield  /   North American Bear Center/AP
A black bear named Lily, outside of Ely, Minn., is shown in this undated photo. Biologist Lynn Rogers and his North American Bear Center have placed a camera in Lily's den.
updated 1/22/2010 6:26:52 PM ET 2010-01-22T23:26:52

A researcher says Lily the black bear has given birth to a cub in her den in northeastern Minnesota.

Biologist Lynn Rogers says Lily gave birth just after 11:30 a.m. Central Time Friday in her den, which is equipped with a video camera. He says it was difficult to see her giving birth, so he based his conclusion on contortions the bear made, followed by her "sweet grunts" that show concern for a cub. He said Lily appears to have started labor around mid-afternoon Thursday.

Rogers and his North American Bear Center put a camera in Lily's den outside Ely, Minn., that streams her activity live over the Internet.

Rogers says he doesn't know if the cub is male or female.

A bear's first litter is typically one or two cubs. But Rogers said enough time has passed that it's unlikely the 3-year-old Lily will deliver a second cub.

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