Interactions Between a Polar Bear Mother and Cub

Interactions Between a Polar Bear Mother and Cub

We are told to look for irregularities of white in the tundra. ”That’s the best way to spot bears in summer” says Justin, our boat guide. As we propel through the swell of the mouth of the Churchill Estuary and into the Hudson Bay I could not take my eye off what appeared to be a slither of snow. ”what’s that?” I ask… “I don’t know” replies Justin but it looks too small to be a bear.” We are all agree and begin scouring elsewhere.

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But then suddenly “IT” moved and two of us simultaneously squealed and hushed ourselves in the overwhelming excitement, we don’t want to disturb this snoozing white giant. Now convinced that this is a resting bear we shift a little closer, close enough in fact to see a second white tuft of fur begin to stir within the rock. The cub is restless, rolling playfully at its mothers side, stretching and biting and eventually standing up. Its protective mother shadows every move and we at sea are treated to a glorious moment of interactions between a polar bear mother and cub.

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Here are ten adorable moments captured on the fringes of the Hudson Bay, barely half an hour boat ride from the port-side town of Churchill in Canada’s Northern Manitoba.

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Polar Bear Mother and Cub, Churchill

 

Polar Bear Mother and Cub, Churchill

 

Polar Bear Mother and Cub, Churchill

 

Polar Bear Mother and Cub, Churchill

 

Polar Bear Mother and Cub, Churchill

 

Polar Bear Mother and Cub, Churchill

 

Polar Bear Mother and Cub, Churchill

 

Polar Bears, Churchill

 

Churchill, polar bears

 

 

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Rebecca Mayoll is a ‘just turned 30’ freelance writer and photographer from England. She is the co-founder and author of straightondetour.com, a travel website with the mantra ‘find your own adventure.’ Promoting adventurous destinations, independent travel and giving a humorous insight to the World of travel is what Becky does best.

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