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

Animals & Nature Nov 09, 2023

Meet Valtteri Mulkahainen, the gym teacher from Sotkamo, Finland. Now, when he’s not making sure kids get their exercise, he’s out there with his camera, snapping pics of Finland’s awesome animals. For years, he’s been on a mission to capture the beauty of nature and the incredible moments it throws our way. And guess what? Today, we’re sharing one of his cool adventures from his photo escapades.

So, a while back, Valtteri decided to check out the town of Martinselkonen in Finland. As he strolled through the woods, something caught his eye—a brown bear and her cute cubs were making their way into a clearing.

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Valtteri spilled the beans, saying, “Those bear cubs were just like little kids. They were playing, having friendly fights, and I swear, it felt like I was watching kids on a playground right outside my house.”

Guess what? Those three cubs took it up a notch and stood on their hind legs, playfully shoving each other around. It looked like they were doing some kind of bear dance in a circle. And get this, Valtteri, who was just 50 meters away, had the best seat in the house! He snapped pics of those bear antics all evening and night. Turns out, seeing bears in Finland is like seeing your neighbor’s cat—they’re everywhere, except for the Aland Islands.

Here’s the deal: most bears hang out in the eastern part of Finland, but you can also spot them in the south and west. Bears aren’t just big and strong; they’re like nature’s all-stars. They hunt and move around using their front legs, and get this—they’re awesome swimmers and climbers too. So, bears basically have it all covered, making them the real MVPs of the animal kingdom.

Lucky for Valtteri, he stumbled upon this incredible scene, and you bet he got some jaw-dropping pics of the bear family. Usually, bears are a bit shy around humans, and they hightail it out of there as soon as they catch a whiff of us. That’s why spotting bears in the wild is like finding a needle in a haystack—it’s pretty darn rare.