Russian fishermen rescue two drowning bear cubs from lake

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In a heartwarming video showing us the kindness and compassion of humans, fishermen plucked two drowning bears cubs out of Lake Vygozero in the Karelia region of Russia. The film shows the amazing trust the two babies placed in the tourists as they clung to the side of the fishing boat.

According to the Daily Mail, the cubs may have lost sight of their mother as they crossed the lake and weren’t able to swim the distance needed to get to the other side. The frightened little ones were sinking and would have surely drowned without the intervention of the kind tourists. Their eyes and expressions of fear showed on their tiny faces.

“They had swum across the lake with their mother,” stated Rusian Lukanin, a tourist from Moscow, “but she overestimated her strength and swam away. The cubs began to sink. We picked them up and dragged them to the island to which their mother had swum.”

Knowing they were taking a chance rescuing the cubs because who would know the reaction of a mother bear if she couldn’t understand the tourists were trying to save her babies, along with the cubs still being dangerous, but despite their razor sharp clubs, the men spoke softly to the cubs encouraging them to just hold on to the side of the boat.

“Take a rest, little one, take a rest. Hold on, hold on, But what if he bites us,” one man said.

“No, he won’t,” replied the second man, “he’s just clinging on for his life.”

“Hold on, Hold on. Look he uses his paw to hold. Need to help him, to hold his bum,” the men decided.

The fishermen placed a net under the rear ends of the cub to help him keep a hold of the side of the boat, and even though they admitted the babies were quite heavy, the men finally reached the other side of the lake. Once they arrived, the exhausted rescuers struggled to lift the babies using the netting and helped the weak little ones to the edge of the forest hoping their mother would find them.

(Photos and video via YouTube)

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4 replies
  1. Darla Lamoreaux says:

    I would have pulled them into the boat, they were exhausted and wouldn’t have done anything, they were shivering. Hopefully they found their mother or they might not make it, too young to be on their own. It was nice they did save them from drowning, they did a lot better than most of the asses in the US.

  2. Nancy Raymond says:

    GIANT THANK YOU to the brave caring people who saved these little cubs from drowning – hopefully, they have been reunited with their mother and all are safe.


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