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

Physical education teacher Valtteri Mulkahainen from Sotkamo, Finland, has been devoting a lot of his free time to wildlife photography. For the past six years, Valtteri has been shooting his country’s wild animals and captured many magical moments. And this is a story about one of them.

On the 3rd of June, 2013, Valtteri was planning to explore the Finnish taiga around the town of Martinselkonen. As the man was exploring the area, he noticed a brown bear coming into a clearing with a few small cubs.

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Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

“The bear cubs behaved like little children,” Valtteri told Bored Panda. “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 these adorable animals 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 was in a shelter 50 meters (164 feet) away from the cute bear cub action and had the perfect view. “I photographed the cubs with the bear all evening and all night,” he said.

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

You can bump into a bear pretty much everywhere in Finland except the Åland Islands. Most of them live in the eastern part of the country and Lapland, but people regularly see these majestic creatures in the southern and western areas as well.

Like the cubs have successfully proven us, bears are agile and strong. They use their forelegs very effectively for both hunting and getting around. Moreover, they’re very good swimmers and climbers. Basically, they’re the whole package.

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

However, the fact that Valtteri managed to get such stunning pictures of the family is really fascinating. Bear will typically try to avoid humans as best as they can. Humans rarely see them in the wild since these animals almost always retreat immediately after detecting our presence. Keen senses and the ability to move silently make them perfect at this game of hide and seek.

According to the latest assessments by the Finnish Natural Resources Institute, there were between 2020 and 2130 bears before the 2019 hunting season.

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Image credits: Valtteri Mulkahainen

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Grumble O'Pug
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2 years ago

It's the Teddy Bears Picnic!!!

KombatBunni
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2 years ago

Today's the day when teddy bears have their piiiiccnicc!

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Susan Peery
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2 years ago

What enchanting photos! They look like illustrations for a book on Fairies

Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

Absolutely adorable.

Emily Smith
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2 years ago

This is a child's book come to life!

tuzdayschild
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2 years ago

Well that certainly wins cutest thing I've seen this month.

Val Naim
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2 years ago

How can there be no video?!?!

Sherlocat (she/her)
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2 years ago

Yeah, I really wish he'd video'd it! Instant viral YouTube hit!

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EV AVANGEL
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2 years ago

This is what I want to see. Even though I get minus points for never making a comment?

Susan Bosse
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2 years ago

So. Sticking. Cute!!!!!

Daria B
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2 years ago

Daaaancing bears, paaaaaainted wings... ♬♪

Benjamin
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2 years ago

Oh to be a cub in natures green hub, of no fear with brothers so dear, For time of a season I see no clear reason, To host in our eyes a tear.

boredpanDaman
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2 years ago

i think you got inspired by NZ police posts : )

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Tess Cortes
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2 years ago

I mean the...Bear Necessities!

Jeffrey Teston
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2 years ago

I would love to see a video of this. Pictures are still great!

Naomi Wayker
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2 years ago

That is the cutest thing I've seen all day maybe year

Joan Milano
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2 years ago

Aww, sweetness overload - with mama carefully keeping a good eye on them and the world around them. Precious!

Sandra Libertad
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2 years ago

Like a fairy tale! Totally in love with those babies ❤

Fátima Melo
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2 years ago

I'm happy 😍😍

Tiny Dynamine
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2 years ago

So cute. I want this concept of 'hunting season' to be banned everywhere and forever.

Beachy
Community Member
2 years ago

Bear hunting is strictly controlled in Finland. You will need to pass tests and get a special licence. Every kill needs to be informed to the gamekeeping authorities and also the police. You can never shoot a female and/or her cubs, and never one near their nest. But you need to understand that only by this kind of controlled hunting, the population stays within reasonable numbers and people can keep living in eastern and northern Finland (to be clear: there aren't many people living there as it is).

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Iggy
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2 years ago

Oh, my heart!

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

Nature will not 'balance itself' because "people" are destroying it faster than she can recover.

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Lamb Taylor
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2 years ago

Shame he didn't video this beautiful scene.

NeverGoWoke
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2 years ago

'Looks Very Much Human-Like' - Humans are animals.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

"Man....is a tame, civilized animal....but if he be insufficiently or ill educated, he is the most savage of earthly creatures." - Plato. No doubt about it.

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Lorac Milam
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2 years ago

Our creator has been so kind and loving to gift us with such a wonderful assortment of animal life!

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

Certainly not kind to animals, don't you think so, Lorac? "They are always saying God loves us. If that's love I would rather have a bit of kindness." - Graham Greene, The Captain and the Enemy

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Elaine Dodge
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2 years ago

Wish there was a video. It's delightful!

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

.....and like, we always go from delightful to hunting and killing.

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Beachy
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2 years ago

Yes, baby animals are cute. But don't forget that even wild animals that are cute have predatory instincts, and approaching them, especially if they have cubs, can be lethal.

Mary Bittle
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2 years ago

Which is the reason these pictures are being taken from a considerable distance. This is with a long-distance lens, so he is nowhere as close as it appears.

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April Simnel
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2 years ago

Clearly, they are practicing the dance of their people in preparation for their adulthood ceremonies.

Christina Uhlir
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2 years ago

Really?

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Lynnda Frishof
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2 years ago

Absolutely adorable!! I feel honored to get to see this, even though it's in pictures.

NanZ
Community Member
2 years ago

Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures! They look like kids in bear suits. I love the one when they are stomping their feet. Like you said, they looked like they were dancing. This made my day so thank you again for that!

Sinkvenice
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2 years ago

This is wonderful, it's such a shame there isn't a video.

Kellie
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2 years ago

Omg so magical

Bar 2
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2 years ago

Soooo cute!

Snow Flake
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2 years ago

This is soooo cute 😘😘😘

Helenium
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2 years ago

that so adorable i love bears

HorrorWeirdo
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2 years ago

Cutecutecutecuuuuute

Bridget Cooney
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2 years ago

Love, love, love!

Kamil Sikorski
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2 years ago

Looks like three dancing fauns from Gliwice :) Faun-5e46f...2b4ed1.png Faun-5e46f352b4ed1.png

sharron lynn parsons
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2 years ago

Such a treat, for the photographer and us, those bears are so adorable you have the urge to play with them, I think it may have been difficult for the photographer, to hold his excitement, I would be shaking like a leaf in the wind, great post, thanks !!!

Wyattagum
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2 years ago

They're Evolving...

Cynthia Sterling
Community Member
2 years ago

You sure were there at the right time, such a cute capture... like they were holding hands, dancing in a circle

Albert Ambrosia
Community Member
2 years ago

Living up here in NEPA, I see lots of wildlife and the bears always come around and leave me alone. They love my berry bushes and fruit trees, so do the deer and wild turkey. Seeing the lil bears playing immediately the Teddy Bear Picnic song came into my head. Seeing the young animals is so wonderful. This winter the mother possum who stays in my garage (she comes and goes) had one of her daughters with her and I am waiting to see a few baby possums by Easter. She has wondered into the house as well as her daughter a few times just looks around and when they see me they just stop and look and i talk to them and get them some more food. Please protect all of HIS animal friends of the land, air and sea and stop trophy hunters and poachers and their govt enablers. Pax+

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Thank you Albert for your comment. It sounds like you were describing a scene on other planet, where there are no vile humans to utterly destroy nature and kill all life it supports.

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Cherié Terblanche
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2 years ago

This gave me goosebumps so hard! The most precious thing I've ever seen omg.

Karen Lee
Community Member
2 years ago

Great to see them having fun in natural habitat ... the real nature

Laurie Messick-Johnston
Community Member
2 years ago

These lil rascals absolutely made my day - 3 little bears out to play !!!

Jim Zinsmeister
Community Member
2 years ago

Lovely photographs, Mr. Mulkahainen! Btw, we have more bears in New Jersey, USA than there are in all of Finland. Treasure your precious bears!

weatherwitch
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2 years ago

Incredible photographs, what stunning images of them playing 😍

Miranda Panda
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2 years ago

OH MY HEAVENS!!! HOW SWWWWEEETTTT! <3<3<3

Jo Choto
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2 years ago

"When shall we three meet again; in thunder, lightning, or in rain?" LOL.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

"Hunting season's coming, we three will never see each other again." not LOL

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Full Name
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2 years ago

Okay, that one partway up the tree is so cute I'm not sure how to handle it.

Raine Soo
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2 years ago

This is part of a fairy tale, right? ;)

Terry N Patricia Lampel
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2 years ago

Absolutely Marvelous!

morrisonmatt@hotmail.com
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2 years ago

They have free health care in Finland, no wonder they're dancing!

NoYFB
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2 years ago

Not completely free, but I'd say it's very affordable.

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aussie snowdropper
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2 years ago

ahhh its Boo Boo family,wondering where Yogi is theses days

Web Webster
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2 years ago

Last one standing has to hitchhike their way down to Sweden for some hippy-ass solstice party.

Jenny Cothern
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2 years ago

Wish he'd shot a video!

David Jeu
Community Member
2 years ago

The are doing the Carlton! :)

Ananas
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought they had collars on and were trained but it's fluff! 😍

Brian Perry
Community Member
2 years ago

Jerry Bears

BLKDOG Publishing
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8 months ago

Love Finland, it has a very unique and largely unknown role to play in World War Two (potentially pitting Hitler against Stalin!). Have a read of 'Weird War Two' by Denham and Trow for more info - https://amzn.to/3nzp2sr

Natalie Hitoun
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I was sad to read that there is a hunting season in Finland (for bears) The little bears are utterly gorgeous. Wonderful photo captures.

Dave Rave
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2 years ago

Very bearable.

Grace McEachin
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you for providing these magical images ... such a joyous, exciting time for you ~

Bobby Clemente
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2 years ago

Precious!

Patrick Berth
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2 years ago

Does anybody know what species of bear these are?

Patrick Berth
Community Member
2 years ago

Does Anybody know what species of bear this is? Because I think its moon bear in also equally think I'm wrong.

Charlie Thomas
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2 years ago

Me and the boy's dancing in the forest out of context.

Mingi Football
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2 years ago

What a huge mother!

Patricia Williams
Community Member
2 years ago

Reminds me of the wonderful song "Dancing with Bears!

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Let them have a little fun before they'll be hunted to death by lovely sanguinary sub-human monsters.

Plescruslow
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2 years ago

good It's the Teddy Bears Picnic!!!

Tomn Gatees
Community Member
2 years ago

jerry garcia reincarnated

Sunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

Children in bear suits. I saw a bunch of baby gorillas that also looked like children in costume. Adorable.

Dibyendu Basu
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2 years ago

Can we get the video of the same??

XaurreauX
Community Member
2 years ago

"Ladies to the center and back to the bar. Gents to the center with a right-hand star. Back to the left now don't get lost. Swing yer gal 'n promenade!"

Lou Rodgers
Community Member
2 years ago

So funny I can bearly contain myself

Keith McAleer
Community Member
2 years ago

Cute photos! They look like mythical pan creatures. When you say "According to the latest assessments by the Finnish Natural Resources Institute, there were between 2020 and 2130 bears before the 2019 hunting season"... Two thousand bears doesn't seem like very many.. and this is BEFORE the HUNTING SEASON? So creepy. Here are some cute bears. So cute. There are only a couple thousand left and we will soon hunt down and murder some of them?? Please tell me you meant 2 million.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Who did down-vote Keith comment? Oh yea, a trophy hunter. They don't like to be called what they are: cowardly murderers; to gun down an unsuspected animal for fun is delightful to these merciless, compassionless sub-human monsters.

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Tati
Community Member
2 years ago

They look like they are dancing in a circle! Too bad he didn't film them.

Janet Woodward
Community Member
2 years ago

If you go down to the woods today, you are sure of a BIG surprise....Thank you for sharing...

spharoe
Community Member
2 years ago

This is wonderful. But I have to ask: Does he not have video capabilities on his phone...?

ExMachina SC2
Community Member
2 years ago

Ok.... what kind of potato phone this guy has? He can't record a video??

Judith Mcqueen
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2 years ago

Awesome cute fabulous pictures

Jim Zinsmeister
Community Member
2 years ago

Lovely photographs, Mr. Mulkahainen! Btw, we have more bears in New Jersey, USA than they have in Finland. Treasure your bears!

R L
Community Member
2 years ago

Pretty impressive raising 3 cubs. Love the photos.

Rebecca Meluch
Community Member
2 years ago

The three bear cubs are way past the legal limit of cute! I'm melting!

June Foster
Community Member
2 years ago

Absolutely the bestest pictures I've seen in awhile. Thanks for sharing them.

Sanjeev Sharma
Community Member
2 years ago

I love these pics however it looks like they are playfighting, not dancing.

Rissie
Community Member
2 years ago

Now these are very sweet pictures, but this behavior is very well documented, so really nothing special. Cubs are very cute and playful, that's for sure!

Plescruslow
Community Member
2 years ago

so cute

Smiley Rie
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol. They look like kids dressed up as bears. It’s terrible when the entire population is only just over 2000 though 😢 I hope they’re not hunted

Plescruslow
Community Member
2 years ago

good

ErinSutton
Community Member
2 years ago

Awww beautiful 😍

Justin Rail
Community Member
2 years ago

It's like the grateful dead bears

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow! It's amazing he was so close (only 50 meters/164 ft) away, I would have been afraid to be so close

Beth Ann
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2 years ago

would been nice to see an actual video instead of still pictures.. but, its still so darling... <3

Jenny Cothern
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2 years ago

Want video!

Bridget
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2 years ago

Wow you can really dance

mummy pig
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2 years ago

Ringa ringa roses

Renee Schreader
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2 years ago

It reminds me of the Teddy Bear Picnic song.

Terd Fergison
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2 years ago

Jerry Bears!

Plescruslow
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2 years ago

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Heather Atwood
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2 years ago

I'm sorry but these look photoshopped. The heads are too big for the bodies and the fur is different in the shots...

Michelle Muirhead
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2 years ago

Hunting season coming up, disgraceful!!!!! Let’s them be.

Mary Bittle
Community Member
2 years ago

Hunting is a necessary evil. As we have completely gutted the normal ecosystems, species become out of balance, and will either die of starvation, or die of diseases caused by overpopulation. Since we have destroyed the natural system, we have the responsibility, the duty, to make sure these species stay within healthy numbers, so they don't die from starvation or terrible diseases. Instead, they get a very quick, honorable, humane-as-possible death. As well, several of these species, when killed humanely, can be used for purposes like human consumption, rather than being wasted for nothing. However, as ugly and distasteful as hunting may be, it is our duty to take the place of normal predation, or other normal population control. We caused this, so we must fix it, and the way we fix it is to regulate by legal hunting.

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Slune
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2 years ago

Just a joke! Neighbor's' kids playing in bear costumes

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2 years ago

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Grumble O'Pug
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2 years ago

It's the Teddy Bears Picnic!!!

KombatBunni
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2 years ago

Today's the day when teddy bears have their piiiiccnicc!

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Susan Peery
Community Member
2 years ago

What enchanting photos! They look like illustrations for a book on Fairies

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago

Absolutely adorable.

Emily Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

This is a child's book come to life!

tuzdayschild
Community Member
2 years ago

Well that certainly wins cutest thing I've seen this month.

Val Naim
Community Member
2 years ago

How can there be no video?!?!

Sherlocat (she/her)
Community Member
2 years ago

Yeah, I really wish he'd video'd it! Instant viral YouTube hit!

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EV AVANGEL
Community Member
2 years ago

This is what I want to see. Even though I get minus points for never making a comment?

Susan Bosse
Community Member
2 years ago

So. Sticking. Cute!!!!!

Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

Daaaancing bears, paaaaaainted wings... ♬♪

Benjamin
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh to be a cub in natures green hub, of no fear with brothers so dear, For time of a season I see no clear reason, To host in our eyes a tear.

boredpanDaman
Community Member
2 years ago

i think you got inspired by NZ police posts : )

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Tess Cortes
Community Member
2 years ago

I mean the...Bear Necessities!

Jeffrey Teston
Community Member
2 years ago

I would love to see a video of this. Pictures are still great!

Naomi Wayker
Community Member
2 years ago

That is the cutest thing I've seen all day maybe year

Joan Milano
Community Member
2 years ago

Aww, sweetness overload - with mama carefully keeping a good eye on them and the world around them. Precious!

Sandra Libertad
Community Member
2 years ago

Like a fairy tale! Totally in love with those babies ❤

Fátima Melo
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm happy 😍😍

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
2 years ago

So cute. I want this concept of 'hunting season' to be banned everywhere and forever.

Beachy
Community Member
2 years ago

Bear hunting is strictly controlled in Finland. You will need to pass tests and get a special licence. Every kill needs to be informed to the gamekeeping authorities and also the police. You can never shoot a female and/or her cubs, and never one near their nest. But you need to understand that only by this kind of controlled hunting, the population stays within reasonable numbers and people can keep living in eastern and northern Finland (to be clear: there aren't many people living there as it is).

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Iggy
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh, my heart!

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Nature will not 'balance itself' because "people" are destroying it faster than she can recover.

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Lamb Taylor
Community Member
2 years ago

Shame he didn't video this beautiful scene.

NeverGoWoke
Community Member
2 years ago

'Looks Very Much Human-Like' - Humans are animals.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

"Man....is a tame, civilized animal....but if he be insufficiently or ill educated, he is the most savage of earthly creatures." - Plato. No doubt about it.

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Lorac Milam
Community Member
2 years ago

Our creator has been so kind and loving to gift us with such a wonderful assortment of animal life!

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Certainly not kind to animals, don't you think so, Lorac? "They are always saying God loves us. If that's love I would rather have a bit of kindness." - Graham Greene, The Captain and the Enemy

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Elaine Dodge
Community Member
2 years ago

Wish there was a video. It's delightful!

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

.....and like, we always go from delightful to hunting and killing.

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Beachy
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes, baby animals are cute. But don't forget that even wild animals that are cute have predatory instincts, and approaching them, especially if they have cubs, can be lethal.

Mary Bittle
Community Member
2 years ago

Which is the reason these pictures are being taken from a considerable distance. This is with a long-distance lens, so he is nowhere as close as it appears.

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April Simnel
Community Member
2 years ago

Clearly, they are practicing the dance of their people in preparation for their adulthood ceremonies.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Really?

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Lynnda Frishof
Community Member
2 years ago

Absolutely adorable!! I feel honored to get to see this, even though it's in pictures.

NanZ
Community Member
2 years ago

Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures! They look like kids in bear suits. I love the one when they are stomping their feet. Like you said, they looked like they were dancing. This made my day so thank you again for that!

Sinkvenice
Community Member
2 years ago

This is wonderful, it's such a shame there isn't a video.

Kellie
Community Member
2 years ago

Omg so magical

Bar 2
Community Member
2 years ago

Soooo cute!

Snow Flake
Community Member
2 years ago

This is soooo cute 😘😘😘

Helenium
Community Member
2 years ago

that so adorable i love bears

HorrorWeirdo
Community Member
2 years ago

Cutecutecutecuuuuute

Bridget Cooney
Community Member
2 years ago

Love, love, love!

Kamil Sikorski
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like three dancing fauns from Gliwice :) Faun-5e46f...2b4ed1.png Faun-5e46f352b4ed1.png

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Such a treat, for the photographer and us, those bears are so adorable you have the urge to play with them, I think it may have been difficult for the photographer, to hold his excitement, I would be shaking like a leaf in the wind, great post, thanks !!!

Wyattagum
Community Member
2 years ago

They're Evolving...

Cynthia Sterling
Community Member
2 years ago

You sure were there at the right time, such a cute capture... like they were holding hands, dancing in a circle

Albert Ambrosia
Community Member
2 years ago

Living up here in NEPA, I see lots of wildlife and the bears always come around and leave me alone. They love my berry bushes and fruit trees, so do the deer and wild turkey. Seeing the lil bears playing immediately the Teddy Bear Picnic song came into my head. Seeing the young animals is so wonderful. This winter the mother possum who stays in my garage (she comes and goes) had one of her daughters with her and I am waiting to see a few baby possums by Easter. She has wondered into the house as well as her daughter a few times just looks around and when they see me they just stop and look and i talk to them and get them some more food. Please protect all of HIS animal friends of the land, air and sea and stop trophy hunters and poachers and their govt enablers. Pax+

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Thank you Albert for your comment. It sounds like you were describing a scene on other planet, where there are no vile humans to utterly destroy nature and kill all life it supports.

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Cherié Terblanche
Community Member
2 years ago

This gave me goosebumps so hard! The most precious thing I've ever seen omg.

Karen Lee
Community Member
2 years ago

Great to see them having fun in natural habitat ... the real nature

Laurie Messick-Johnston
Community Member
2 years ago

These lil rascals absolutely made my day - 3 little bears out to play !!!

Jim Zinsmeister
Community Member
2 years ago

Lovely photographs, Mr. Mulkahainen! Btw, we have more bears in New Jersey, USA than there are in all of Finland. Treasure your precious bears!

weatherwitch
Community Member
2 years ago

Incredible photographs, what stunning images of them playing 😍

Miranda Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

OH MY HEAVENS!!! HOW SWWWWEEETTTT! <3<3<3

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

"When shall we three meet again; in thunder, lightning, or in rain?" LOL.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

"Hunting season's coming, we three will never see each other again." not LOL

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Full Name
Community Member
2 years ago

Okay, that one partway up the tree is so cute I'm not sure how to handle it.

Raine Soo
Community Member
2 years ago

This is part of a fairy tale, right? ;)

Terry N Patricia Lampel
Community Member
2 years ago

Absolutely Marvelous!

morrisonmatt@hotmail.com
Community Member
2 years ago

They have free health care in Finland, no wonder they're dancing!

NoYFB
Community Member
2 years ago

Not completely free, but I'd say it's very affordable.

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aussie snowdropper
Community Member
2 years ago

ahhh its Boo Boo family,wondering where Yogi is theses days

Web Webster
Community Member
2 years ago

Last one standing has to hitchhike their way down to Sweden for some hippy-ass solstice party.

Jenny Cothern
Community Member
2 years ago

Wish he'd shot a video!

David Jeu
Community Member
2 years ago

The are doing the Carlton! :)

Ananas
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought they had collars on and were trained but it's fluff! 😍

Brian Perry
Community Member
2 years ago

Jerry Bears

BLKDOG Publishing
Community Member
8 months ago

Love Finland, it has a very unique and largely unknown role to play in World War Two (potentially pitting Hitler against Stalin!). Have a read of 'Weird War Two' by Denham and Trow for more info - https://amzn.to/3nzp2sr

Natalie Hitoun
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I was sad to read that there is a hunting season in Finland (for bears) The little bears are utterly gorgeous. Wonderful photo captures.

Dave Rave
Community Member
2 years ago

Very bearable.

Grace McEachin
Community Member
2 years ago

Thank you for providing these magical images ... such a joyous, exciting time for you ~

Bobby Clemente
Community Member
2 years ago

Precious!

Patrick Berth
Community Member
2 years ago

Does anybody know what species of bear these are?

Patrick Berth
Community Member
2 years ago

Does Anybody know what species of bear this is? Because I think its moon bear in also equally think I'm wrong.

Charlie Thomas
Community Member
2 years ago

Me and the boy's dancing in the forest out of context.

Mingi Football
Community Member
2 years ago

What a huge mother!

Patricia Williams
Community Member
2 years ago

Reminds me of the wonderful song "Dancing with Bears!

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Let them have a little fun before they'll be hunted to death by lovely sanguinary sub-human monsters.

Plescruslow
Community Member
2 years ago

good It's the Teddy Bears Picnic!!!

Tomn Gatees
Community Member
2 years ago

jerry garcia reincarnated

Sunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

Children in bear suits. I saw a bunch of baby gorillas that also looked like children in costume. Adorable.

Dibyendu Basu
Community Member
2 years ago

Can we get the video of the same??

XaurreauX
Community Member
2 years ago

"Ladies to the center and back to the bar. Gents to the center with a right-hand star. Back to the left now don't get lost. Swing yer gal 'n promenade!"

Lou Rodgers
Community Member
2 years ago

So funny I can bearly contain myself

Keith McAleer
Community Member
2 years ago

Cute photos! They look like mythical pan creatures. When you say "According to the latest assessments by the Finnish Natural Resources Institute, there were between 2020 and 2130 bears before the 2019 hunting season"... Two thousand bears doesn't seem like very many.. and this is BEFORE the HUNTING SEASON? So creepy. Here are some cute bears. So cute. There are only a couple thousand left and we will soon hunt down and murder some of them?? Please tell me you meant 2 million.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
2 years ago

Who did down-vote Keith comment? Oh yea, a trophy hunter. They don't like to be called what they are: cowardly murderers; to gun down an unsuspected animal for fun is delightful to these merciless, compassionless sub-human monsters.

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Tati
Community Member
2 years ago

They look like they are dancing in a circle! Too bad he didn't film them.

Janet Woodward
Community Member
2 years ago

If you go down to the woods today, you are sure of a BIG surprise....Thank you for sharing...

spharoe
Community Member
2 years ago

This is wonderful. But I have to ask: Does he not have video capabilities on his phone...?

ExMachina SC2
Community Member
2 years ago

Ok.... what kind of potato phone this guy has? He can't record a video??

Judith Mcqueen
Community Member
2 years ago

Awesome cute fabulous pictures

Jim Zinsmeister
Community Member
2 years ago

Lovely photographs, Mr. Mulkahainen! Btw, we have more bears in New Jersey, USA than they have in Finland. Treasure your bears!

R L
Community Member
2 years ago

Pretty impressive raising 3 cubs. Love the photos.

Rebecca Meluch
Community Member
2 years ago

The three bear cubs are way past the legal limit of cute! I'm melting!

June Foster
Community Member
2 years ago

Absolutely the bestest pictures I've seen in awhile. Thanks for sharing them.

Sanjeev Sharma
Community Member
2 years ago

I love these pics however it looks like they are playfighting, not dancing.

Rissie
Community Member
2 years ago

Now these are very sweet pictures, but this behavior is very well documented, so really nothing special. Cubs are very cute and playful, that's for sure!

Plescruslow
Community Member
2 years ago

so cute

Smiley Rie
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol. They look like kids dressed up as bears. It’s terrible when the entire population is only just over 2000 though 😢 I hope they’re not hunted

Plescruslow
Community Member
2 years ago

good

ErinSutton
Community Member
2 years ago

Awww beautiful 😍

Justin Rail
Community Member
2 years ago

It's like the grateful dead bears

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow! It's amazing he was so close (only 50 meters/164 ft) away, I would have been afraid to be so close

Beth Ann
Community Member
2 years ago

would been nice to see an actual video instead of still pictures.. but, its still so darling... <3

Jenny Cothern
Community Member
2 years ago

Want video!

Bridget
Community Member
2 years ago

Wow you can really dance

mummy pig
Community Member
2 years ago

Ringa ringa roses

Renee Schreader
Community Member
2 years ago

It reminds me of the Teddy Bear Picnic song.

Terd Fergison
Community Member
2 years ago

Jerry Bears!

Plescruslow
Community Member
2 years ago

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Heather Atwood
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm sorry but these look photoshopped. The heads are too big for the bodies and the fur is different in the shots...

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
2 years ago

Hunting season coming up, disgraceful!!!!! Let’s them be.

Mary Bittle
Community Member
2 years ago

Hunting is a necessary evil. As we have completely gutted the normal ecosystems, species become out of balance, and will either die of starvation, or die of diseases caused by overpopulation. Since we have destroyed the natural system, we have the responsibility, the duty, to make sure these species stay within healthy numbers, so they don't die from starvation or terrible diseases. Instead, they get a very quick, honorable, humane-as-possible death. As well, several of these species, when killed humanely, can be used for purposes like human consumption, rather than being wasted for nothing. However, as ugly and distasteful as hunting may be, it is our duty to take the place of normal predation, or other normal population control. We caused this, so we must fix it, and the way we fix it is to regulate by legal hunting.

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Slune
Community Member
2 years ago

Just a joke! Neighbor's' kids playing in bear costumes

Plescruslow
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2 years ago

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