By Ignacio Mardones
May 29, 2024

This story seems to be taken out of a fairytale where three small animals live happily, like they deserve to.

Nature is perfect and, in its own way, it tends offers us sweet moments that are worth remembering. One of these moments was captured by a photographer who took advantage of his weekends to use his camera and snap some images of nature.

Valtteri Mulkahainen is a physical education teacher in Finland, but he’s passionate about nature and always observes wildlife in his country.

500px / Valtteri Mulkahainen

During a trip to the Finnish taiga in 2013, he ran into some small bear cubs. He immediately approached them cautiously to photograph them. As he got closer, he noticed they were doing something “weird”. They were dancing in a circle like 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.”

-Valtteri Mulkahainen

Thanks to the position he was in, he was able to comfortably photograph this incredible. He even managed to see the 3 little ones being comforted in their mother’s arms.

500px / Valtteri Mulkahainen

The fact that he was able to take these photographs is magical. Bears are famous for hiding from humans, but they stayed in their place because they didn’t notice him. These cubs decided to play and their mother saw no danger in that.

At the end of their day full of games, Valtteri was also able to capture them in the arms of the mother bear, where they regathered their strength to continue growing and learning how to be a bear.

500px / Valtteri Mulkahainen

These bears’ innocence only inspires us to take better care of their spaces, as Valtteri tells Bored Panda: “It’s a wonderful scene, those cubs behaved like children.They’re strong and agile animals that could stop us at any age, but they just want to be happy.

500px / Valtteri Mulkahainen

You can find bears everywhere in Finland. It’s a country with many green areas that makes it easy for them to inhabit and reproduce in.

It’s surprising to see one of these little bears climbing a tree, showing its incredible strength that is similar to that of a human adult. We really hope they’ve had more moments like this and that, as siblings, they always protect each other.

500px / Valtteri Mulkahainen

Surely their mother has taken good care of them, something that is apparent in the images as she doesn’t lose sight of them for a second.