2 days ago
// “hitching a ride” - in this particular episode a mother was resting with her two young cubs in a day den on her way to the pack ice to hunt. day dens tend to be in wind-protected areas, where snowdrifts and trees form a natural shelter.
mama bear remained calm as our vehicle approached the location giving us the opportunity to photograph both her and the cubs for several hours before she suddenly decided it was time to leave.
she flopped downhill in deep snow when one of her two cubs decided it was more convenient to hitch a ride on mama’s behind. the cub jumped up and held on with a firm bite on mama’s furry backside — a charming and totally unexpected behaviour.
wildlife photography is all about patience and perseverance. despite the challenging conditions and long hours waiting for something to happen, the experience of witnessing something so rare is beyond price.
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