Valtteri Mulkahainen is a physical education teacher living in Sotkamo, Finland. He has spent most of his spare time focusing on wildlife photography. For years he has been capturing the beautiful wildlife of Finland and the magical moments gifted by nature herself. The incident that we bring to you today is also one of the breathtaking encounters he had during one of his photography expeditions.
A few years back, Valtteri set out with hopes of exploring the Finnish town of Martinselkonen. As he was venturing through a forest area, he came across a brown bear entering a clearing along with some cubs.
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According to Valtteri, “The bear cubs behaved like little children. 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.”
The three cubs even got up on their hind legs and began pushing each other in a playful manner. It appeared as if the cubs were dancing around in a circle. The human was 50 meters away from all the action and he had a perfect view. Valtteri captured images of the cubs and bears throughout the evening and night. Apparently, bears are a common sight almost everywhere in Finland, except for the Aland Islands.
The majority of bears can be found in the eastern part of Finland, but they can also be spotted in the southern as well as western parts. Bears are known to be agile and strong creatures. They make use of their forelegs to hunt and get around. Not to forget, bears are also good swimmers as well as climbers. Therefore, one could say that bears are an all-in-one package.
Valtteri is undoubtedly fortunate to have come across such a beautiful sight, and he definitely managed to capture some stunning photographs of the bear family. Generally, bears try to avoid humans and retreat as soon as they sense a human presence nearby. This is why seeing bears in the wild is a rare sight.