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Bear Cubs Hold Hands While Mom Goes Hunting

In 2016, Wildlife photographer Lewis Kemper, aged 62, was heading a photography expedition in Lake Clark National Park in Alaska. The group stumbled upon the bear family where there were two bear cubs. Some wonderful photos ensued.

The heartwarming photographs show the two young bear cubs standing next to each other. The smaller one had put his paw on the bigger sibling’s back. The baby bears were looking intently at their mother who had gone to catch salmon in the lake.

The Adorable Bear Cubs

One of the adorable photographs even catches the moment when the baby bears seem to hold hands as the mother bear hunts for fish in the lake.

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Coastal Brown Bear cubs watching mom fish, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska
Image Credits: Lewis Kemper

Lewis Kemper revealed that he was leading a photography expedition near Lake Clark in Alaska, in early January. He suddenly spotted a female bear and her two young cubs. The momma bear was hunting while the two baby bears waited patiently for her to return with food.

Lewis said that he was roughly 20 feet away from the babies. It was safe for him to be so close because the bears in the area are used to humans. The mother bear did not find his presence threatening and the baby bears were too preoccupied to care.

The bear siblings held hands for nearly 20 seconds as they looked at their mother hunting. They hoped that their mother would be able to catch fish but in vain.

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Coastal Brown Bears, Lake Clark National Park, Alaska
Image Credits: Lewis Kemper | Facebook

Lewis explained that bears are omnivores. They enjoy fish and plants alike. Grass and berries are a delicacy for them. 

Lewis Kemper resides in California. He has more than 30 years’ worth of experience in wildlife photography. Kemper has traveled the world and has even visited India. However, Alaska remains his favorite spot.

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A composite image of the bear cub and it's "dance" moves. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska
Image Credits: Lewis Kemper | Facebook

Lewis informed that the area around Lake Clark National Park is a unique spot for photographing bear cubs. Wildlife photographers can spot more than 20 bears within two miles.

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Bears are usually very calm, which makes them great animals to photograph,” said Lewis.

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  1. UN-BEAR-LIEVABLY CUTE! This adorable photo of two bears holding hands is all you need to get you through the day after a Bank Holiday.” The Sun. Natalie Keegan. August 30, 2016.
  2. Lewis Kemper Photography
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