The mother bear embraced her baby and licked it all over its face.
Because the hiragana ends with an う sound, you know this word is a verb. The kanji itself means hug and the verb vocab version is to hug or to embrace. 抱いて抱いて！
What are you going to hug? How about a cute duck (だく), or even just your dad (だ). Duckを抱く?