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.”