bear mom and her cubs
'Ursus fertur dictus quod ore suo formet fetus quasi orsus. Nam aiunt eos in formes generare partus et carnem quandam nasci. Quod mater lambendo in membra componit. Sed hoc inmaturitas facit partus. Denique tricesimo die generat, unde evenit ut precipitata fecunditas informis procreatur'
(‘The bear is said to get its name because the female shapes her new-born cub with her mouth [ore] giving it, so to speak, its beginning [orsus]. For it is said that they produce a shapeless fetus and that a piece of flesh is born. The mother forms the parts of the body by licking it. The shapelessness of the cub is the result of its premature birth. It is born only thirty days after conception, and as a result of this rapid fertility it is born unformed’ - transl. Colin McLaren, Aberdeen Bestiary Project)
'the Rochester Bestiary', England ca. 1230 (British Library, Royal MS 12 F XIII, fol. 22v)