In order to study the disappearing Alpine bears, Dr. Krott took ""Bumsli"" and ""Sopha"", cubs acquired at birth, to an isolated Alpine hut. Growling and woofing as their bear ""Mother"", he passed on all the ursuline knowledge he could. Through two years of close observation of the cubs, he learned most of what little is known about the behavior, diet and hibernation of the Alpine bear. Discovered by tourists, who endangered themselves by approaching the cuddly looking bears too familiarly, Bumsli and Sepha were at last consigned to a bear pit by government order. The doctor is resigned to the disappearance of their kind because of lack of wild space in overcrowded central Europe. A simply written, excellently translated account illustrated with full page photographs (most in color) and filled with the details that appeal to the Elsa and Ring of Bright Water audience.