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Two men were fishing on Lake Vygozera in Northwest Russia when they spotted two bear cubs in distress.
Lake Vygozera is a very large freshwater lake, so it’s likely that the cubs were too far from shore—with mama bear nowhere in sight.
According to the video description, the bears appeared to be in distress and were having trouble keeping above the water.
The fishermen pulled the cubs closer to the boat. That’s about where the video starts.
Check it out:
The cubs clung desperately to anything they could get their mitts on. One of the cubs used its teeth to cling to a small rope on the transom.
The men seemed reluctant to pull the cubs into the boat. I would be reluctant too. What if the mom was around? No bear encounter is more dangerous than stumbling upon a female with her cubs. Could you imagine what would happen if she thought you were trying to get between her and her cubs?
The men were content with supporting the bears with fishing nets they had on hand.
The two kind gentlemen brought the bears to the nearest shore, but I couldn’t find anymore information beyond that. Let’s hope mom was around somewhere.