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Ely's famous black bear Lily delivers twin cubs

Lily and Hope are seen in their den on a webcam image taken Thursday. (Photo submitted by North American Bear Center)

Lily the famous black bear gave birth to two cubs today, according to a Facebook post by Sue Mansfield, a biologist at the Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center in Ely.

One cub was born at 1:51 p.m. and the second was born at 3:03.

She wrote on the center's blog that at 5:08 p.m. Thursday, Lily began clenching her teeth. That was what signaled the beginning of labor last year before she gave birth to her cub Hope while thousands watched on a web camera.

The bears have been holed up in their den since October and a web camera installed last month has chronicled the pair's activity.