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Mother and cub at 81.31 degrees north

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

This is one of several amazing moments this female and her cub shared with us, and here they are walking straight towa...
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Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

This is one of several amazing moments this female and her cub shared with us, and here they are walking straight towards the boat I'm on to check it out, as their seal carcass was completely cleaned out and thus the hunt for new opportunities went up to the number one priority.

They evoke so many feelings in humans, and I am no exception, as I simply cannot help myself and say "aaaww" when I look at the cub in the image. But during the encounter my heart was filled with awe, amazement, love and admiration, as the cub and her mother are such incredible animals. The cub had a unique way of keeping the lower lip hanging, or drooping, and it just adds to the cuteness that is a cub. And that we humans simply love.

Cuteness aside, this cub has had an amazingly good start in life, as the mother has made it off Svalbard and onto the sea ice, where the food is during the summer months. Chances are that this cub one day is a fully grown specimen, capable of killing a human with just one hit of either of its paws!
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13 Comments |
edandaniphone PRO+
 
edandaniphone March 04, 2018
Wonderful.
Shamrocks71
 
Shamrocks71 March 04, 2018
Fantastic shot
davidparkhurst
 
davidparkhurst March 04, 2018
Very good
Arzhtatiana
 
Arzhtatiana March 05, 2018
Nice capture!
randalpair Ultimate
 
randalpair March 05, 2018
Reminds me of Darwin's description: "...nature red in tooth and claw .."
mdixon
 
mdixon March 10, 2018
Stunning
susanmcfarland
 
susanmcfarland April 09, 2018
Great shot
Alfredo_Jose
 
Alfredo_Jose April 12, 2018
Stunning capture!
jodyschach
 
jodyschach May 15, 2018
Beautiful capture!
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JM18Photography August 02, 2018
Congratulations!
SimpleSnaps
 
SimpleSnaps July 23, 2022
Superb!
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deekaycee July 23, 2022
Adorable! Cheers to receiving a photo contest runner-up award!
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michellemcmahon1 July 25, 2022
Congratulations!
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