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Pictures of the day: 5 March 2013

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.

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Young grizzlies hitch a lift across deep water on their mother's back

Bear-back: These young cubs know how to cross a river in style - and that's to ride across it bear-back

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David Jenkins has spent 10 years documenting the bond between mother polar bears and their...

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In pictures: Knut the polar bear

With the demise of Jimbo's animal corner, I thought I'd post this. It's pictures of a baby polar bear in Berlin zoo. Awwwww. I want one.

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VERY proud mummy panda enjoys a cuddle with her babies

Heart-warming pictures of a panda cradling her twins have ended a month of speculation at an Austrian zoo confirming one of them is a girl

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I love you mum! Mother's Day in the animal kingdom for super-cute baby prairie pups, tigers and polar bears

I can never resist a giant panda - especially when it's giving baby a hug.

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Adorable baby bears refuse to be left behind as their mother goes for a swim

Grizzly ferrying her three cubs across the river, Katmai National Park, photos by Jon Langeland

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