A photographer has captured the priceless moment a little bear cub repeatedly pokes his head around a tree, as if to say to his mom “look at me!”, as he learns to climb.
Quick learners, the two cute bear cub siblings gradually make their way up the tree in a secluded forest in northern Finland, as their mom keeps a close eye and gives them a nudge or two when they stop a few feet from the ground.
The cubs will need the climbing skill, so they can escape from danger, find food or a place to rest in the future. The scene was captured by wildlife photographer Tuomo Bjorksten.
One of the bear cubs pokes its head around a tree as it learns to climb with its sibling and mother in a forest in northern Finland.
The cubs tentatively made their way up the tree and appeared to be proud of their progress while their mother was standing nearby.
Their proud mum kept a close watch and gave them an encouraging nudge after they stopped just a few feet off the forest’s floor.
The sweet scene was caught on camera by wildlife photographer Tuomo Bjorksten, who was rewarded for his patience.
The mother bear was teaching her cubs to climb so they can escape danger, source food or even find a place to rest in the future.
Bjorksten, the 33-year-old photographer, said the cubs looked “really happy” that they had finally mastered the tree.
Bjorksten said the cubs watched their mum carefully as they learned to climb and after a while she helped to bring them down safely.
Finland’s adult brown bears can weigh more than 650lbs and are known to hunt large animals such as deer or elk.
Finland’s tourism bureau said there are an estimated 1,500 brown bears in the country’s vast forests and encounters are rare.
Bear-watching trips run between April and September, and the densely forested borderlands of Eastern Finland are an ideal destination.
Bjorksten said he waited more than 14 hours in a tiny hideout for something to happen before he spotted the family of bears.
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