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Did You Know Mexican Black Bears Are Rock Climbing Daredevils? [VIDEO]

A Mexican black bear and her cub display some impressive rock climbing skills in this clip.

While kayaking through the Santa Elena Canyon in Texas’s Big Bend National Park, Stephanie Latimer captured this incredible footage of an endangered Mexican black bear and her cub scaling a sheer rock wall.

The mother bear makes it up with ease, but the cub has to pull some tricky spread eagle moves to scale the steep rock face. 

Mexican black bears are a considered an endangered species in Big Bend. They were once common in the region, but human interference wiped them out when the park was established in the early 20th century.

During the late 1980s, Mexican black bears began to repopulate the park. Today, their numbers are few. The National Park Service estimates there are only 8-12 adult Mexican black bears currently living in the park. 

Did You Know Mexican Black Bears Are Rock Climbing Daredevils? [VIDEO]