Things like dancing bears usually just come out of a fairy tale. Luckily, photography enthusiast and teacher Valtteri Mulkahainen saw the scene unfold in real life and captured it in these amazing photos. One day, he was exploring the Finnish forest when he saw a bear and her three cubs waking up in a clearing.
While the mother bear was relaxing alone, the cubs were much more enthusiastic, he said: “The cubs play together like little children. They form a circle and start pushing each other by stomping their feet, it’s like dancing in a circle. They stood there for about half a minute, jostling.”
“Then they started fighting and all were in one pile on the ground. Luckily, Valtteri was in the right place and at the right time to capture all of this with his camera.
He says of his photo: “I love photographing Finnish nature and wildlife. The nature of Finland, especially in winter Lapland, is very beautiful.”
Safely in his shelter 164 feet away, Mulkahainen kept snapping as the cubs had their little dance party. Bears can easily stand on their hind legs, but seeing them have a dance-off is unusual.
No video exists, but the high-quality photos do a good job of telling the story. This standing dance thing seems to be a favorite pastime for these bear siblings.