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Photographer Snaps Extraordinary Pics Of Bear Cubs Dancing In A Circle

Dan 20 Feb 2020

Most of us will never see a bear, let alone have the wherewithal to photograph it. But a Finnish photographer has gone viral with his recent snaps of some adorable bear cubs at play.

Bear cubs: they're adorable.

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Before they become gigantic murder machines, bear cubs are these cute, ungainly, cat-sized beasts. Like, you don't want to approach them because their mom would rip your face off. But that doesn't mean you don't want to.

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A photographer snapped some incredible shots.

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Valtteri Mulkahainen, who can be found on Instagram @valtterimulkhahainen, is a Finnish photographer who came across a family of bears in the remote wilderness outside Martinselkonen, Finland.

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He took a bunch of photos.

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Mulkahainen came across a family of bears: a mother and her three cubs. He was able to stay undetected, which is definitely a good thing, as mother bears can get pretty aggressive.

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The cubs generally stayed close to mom.

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The sequence of pics captures the family in different states. Most show the cubs acting as their mom's shadow, sticking close to her for safety. But some are a little different.

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Sometimes the cubs ventured off.

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"The cubs behaved like little children," explained Mulkahainen. "They were playing, and even started a few friendly fights. I felt like I was on a playground in front of my house, where small children frolic around."

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Then something magical happened.

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"At one point, the three of them got up on their hind legs and started pushing each other. It was like they were dancing in a circle. I photographed the cubs with the bear all evening and all night," he said.

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It was pretty special to witness.

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Safely in his shelter 164 feet away, Mulkahainen kept snapping as the cubs had their little dance party. Bears can easily stand on their hind legs, but seeing them have a dance-off is unusual.

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It went on for awhile.

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No video exists, but the high-quality photos do a good job of telling the story. This standing dance thing seems to be a favorite pastime for these bear siblings.

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Bear witness.

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In a few months, these cubs will go their own ways as young adults. But in the meantime, their sibling bond persists.

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It's pretty much the cutest thing ever.

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Be sure to share your stories of unusual and/or adorable wild animal sightings in the comments section! h/t: Valtteri Mulkahainen (@valtterimulkahainen on Instagram)

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