The mother might have been killed by poachers or some locals and an investigation is underway to figure out what has become of her, a local environmental official said.
Environmental police in Golestan Province, in northeastern Iran, were dispatched to a provincial village on April 4 after they were contacted by locals who said they had spotted two stranded bear cubs in the vicinity of the village.
The head of the Public Relations Office of the provincial environment department said that the mother of the pair is unaccounted for.
Ahmad Dabaghian added that the cubs’ mother might have been killed by poachers or the locals and that an investigation is underway to figure out what has become of her.
He further said that the cubs which are a few weeks old are being looked after and in a few days a decision will be made as to whether to release the cubs – one male and the other female – back into the wild.
The following is a photo gallery that the website of Iran Environment and Wildlife Watch released of the two cubs: