Amateur Photographer Captures Three Bear Cubs 'Dancing' In The Forest
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A teacher in Finland has managed to capture what might be among the best wildlife photographs ever to have graced the internet, having caught three bear cubs standing on their hind legs in a ring, as if dancing together.
Valtteri Mulkahainen is a physical education teacher from Sotkamo, Finland, but dedicates his free time to his passion for photography.
Over the years, he's managed to photograph some incredible scenes - as you'll see if you scroll through his Facebook page, where he regularly shares stunning nature snaps.
However, there's one set that sticks out as a particularly incredible collection of images.
Mulkahainen has been an amateur photographer for several years, but it was back in June 2013 that he and his camera stumbled upon the adorable antics of three young bear cubs, who looked like they were 'dancing in a circle'.
Mulkahainen told Bored Panda he'd been exploring the Finnish taiga (a boreal forest) around the town of Martinselkonen when he came to a clearing and noticed a bear, who was shortly joined by a few cubs.
Positioned in a shelter 50m (164ft) away from the bears, he had the perfect view and began to shoot the amazing scenes.
He said: "I photographed the cubs with the bear all evening and all night.
"The 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. That's how much they reminded me of little children.
"At one point, the three of them got up on their hind legs and started pushing each other. It was like they were dancing in a circle."
Recently an equally impressive photo of two mice engaged in a bit of a scuffle won British photographer Sam Rowley the National History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year LUMIX People's Choice Award.
The action shot, named 'Station Squabble', was crowned champion after receiving 28,000 votes and staving off competition from 24 other shortlisted photos, which were whittled down from 48,000 entries.
As for how he managed to capture such a great shot, an explanation on the Natural History Museum website offers: "Sam discovered the best way to photograph the mice inhabiting London's Underground was to lie on the platform and wait.
"He only saw them fight over scraps of food dropped by passengers a few times, possibly because it is so abundant. This fight lasted a split second, before one grabbed a crumb and they went their separate ways."