Man Stumbles Upon Baby Bears ‘Dancing’ In Forest, Thinks He’s Imagining It

Physical education teacher Valtteri Mulkahainen from Sotkamo, has spent most of his free time over the last six years photographing wildlife in the beautiful natural areas of Finland. He has captured many ‘gasp-worthy’ images over the years, but the scene he captured recently of dancing cubs conjures up feelings of Fairy-tale splendour.

Valtteri Mulkahainen was exploring the Finnish taiga around the town of Martinselkonen when he found himself plucked from reality into a world akin to Robert Southey’s’ imagination. A mere fifty meters away- three little bears, standing up on hind legs, holding each other and dancing amidst the woods. The photographer, mesmerised by the energy of the gathering, stayed with the sleuth all evening and all night. “The cubs behaved like little children,” Valtteri said, “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. That’s how much they reminded me of little children. It was like they were dancing in a circle.”

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Mama bear was not far off and Valtteri had to make sure he did not disturb the family of bears too much. It is not common for bears to remain in the vicinity of humans, and even though bears are commonly found in most areas of Finland (except the Åland Islands) the bear is the champion of the game hide and seek and will naturally move off silently at the first opportunity after sighting or smelling a human.

According to an assessment by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), the number of bears in Finland was 2,130 to 2,260 before the 2018 hunting season opened and the government set bear hunting quota at 313 for 2019-20 – (Daily Finland).

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

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Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Valtteris’ images have served to anthropomorphise these commonly feared animals, perhaps even sparking an introspection of the bear that accompanied you in your childhood story’s, nursery rhymes and songs.

Good luck with trying to keep yourself from humming Jimmy Kennedy’s ‘A teddy bears picnic’ for the rest of the day.

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

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