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1st. Sophie Park/Freelance

Two cubs wait for their mother to share her meal while fishing the lower Brooks River at Katmai National Park in Bristol Bay, AK on Sept. 21, 2023. Each summer, the park’s 2,200 resident brown bears follow the salmon in order to put on necessary weight in preparation for hibernation.

2nd. Mark Garfinkel/NBC10Boston

Swan cygnets stay close to their mother along Hammond Pond in Newton today, May 1, 2023.

3rd. Sophie Park/Freelance

Bear technicians watch bear 901 reunite with her spring cubs after the family unit was separated when a moose ran through Brooks Camp at Katmai National Park in Bristol Bay, AK on Sept. 22, 2023. Each summer, the park’s 2,200 resident brown bears follow the salmon in order to put on necessary weight in preparation for hibernation. Bears that return to the park are given number IDs that allow park staff to monitor and collect data on brown bear behavior.

HM. Mary Schwalm/Freelance

A flamingo buries its beak in its feathers at the Southwicks Zoo in Mendon, Mass., on Thursday, October 19, 2023.

HM. Sophie Park/Freelance

A bear scent marks a tree at Katmai National Park in Bristol Bay, Alaska on July 5, 2023. Each summer, the park’s 2,200 resident brown bears follow the salmon in order to put on necessary weight in preparation for hibernation.