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


Valtteri Mulkahainen from Sotkamo, Finland is a physical education teacher, but he has an interesting hobby – in his spare time, he is a photographer. Visiting the wilderness of his country for the last six years, Valtteri has recorded many magical moments.

This is one of the most interesting stories he has given.

Exploring the Finnish taiga, June 3, 2013, Valtteri was around the city of Martinselkonen. One moment as he was exploring the area, he noticed a bear entering a meadow with several young cubs.

Valtteri decided to share the story and told Bored Panda that the cubs behaved and played like little children. They even started a few friendly fights during their playing. He explained that it was like a playground in front of any house, where small children frolic around. That was a reason why he imagined them as little children. The most interesting moment according to Valtteri was when the three of them got up on their hind legs and started pushing each other, which was like they were dancing in a circle.

The teacher was in a shelter 50 meters away from that wonderful action, so he had the perfect view. He points out:

“I took pictures of the cubs with the bear all night and all night.”

Meetings with bears in Finland are common everywhere except in the Oland Islands. Most of them live in the eastern part of the country and in Lapland, but can sometimes be seen in the southern and western regions.

Like the cubs, they have successfully proved to us that bears are agile and strong. The front legs are used very effectively for hunting and for moving around. They are also very good swimmers and climbers, and when viewed better they are the whole package.

The opportunity Valtteri had for getting such clear family shots is really fascinating because the bear usually tries to avoid people as best they can. Opportunities for longer sightings by humans are rare, as these animals almost always withdraw immediately after the presence of people is detected. Bears have sharp senses and have the ability to move quietly, which makes them perfect in this hide-and-seek game.

The latest estimates from the Finnish Institute for Natural Resources, prior to the 2019 hunting season, were between 2020 and 2130 bears.



Valtteri Mulkahainen


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