Four bear cubs climb up a tree for safety as an alpha male approaches them. Fearing for her cub's lives the mother bear urged them to scramble up the nearest tree trunk while she kept watch on the ground. The scene was captured by photographer Lauri Tammik in woods in north Finland.
A brown bear appears to wave while scratching its back against a tree Brown bear appears to wave to photographer while scratching back against tree, Finland - 16 Jul 2015. Tom Mason comments: “After many years of wanting to I headed out to Finland in order to photograph brown bears in the wild. “After 8 hours of waiting, at around 11pm at night, this large male bear decided he had an itch.”