There are those moments in life when we see something so surreal that we question our sanity (or at least our sobriety). These bizarre scenes often come out of the blue, right in the middle of our everyday routines. Most folks think that their brains work as highly structured and organized systems, like a library. However, the truth is that our brains throw everything we see, touch, hear, smell, taste, and think into a blender. This is one reason why when we see something that doesn’t compute, our brains will quickly work to fill in the blanks to create a narrative that makes sense to us. This is one reason why eye witness testimony is so unreliable in court because, during situations of high stress, anxiety, or just plain bizarreness, we have a way of remembering things differently.
Valtteri Mulkahainen is a physical education teacher living in Sokamo, Findland, who in 2013, happened to be taking a nice leisurely stroll through the woods one day when he came across something that he would have thought he imagined had he not had his camera. Valtteri likes to take pictures of wildlife as a hobby, and over the last six years, has captured a lot of magical moments. One day, he was exploring the Finnish taiga, which is an area around the small town of Martinselkonen, when he suddenly noticed a bear entering the clearing along with a few baby cubs in tow. However, once he saw what the bears were doing, his jaw dropped in disbelief.
He later said in an interview that the cubs were like little human children. they played and even started a couple of little “friendly fights.”
He said it was like watching kids on the playground right outside his home. At one point, he said all three cubs rose up on their hind legs and began to push each other. It almost looked like they were in a circle, dancing!
As for Valtteri, he was safely tucked away in a shelter about 164 feet away and had the best view of the adorable action. He said he photographed the cubs and their mom all night.
In Finland, most bears live in Lapland and the eastern region of the county. However, folks are pretty used to seeing them in western and southern areas as well.
Here are a few more of Valtteri’s gorgeous photos.
And in case you’d like to see more, here’s a video with more adorable Finish bear cubs.