A-paw-ling behavior: mother bear splits up mischievous cubs after boisterous play fight
This is the moment a mother was forced to split up her boisterous bear cubs after their play fight became a little too lively.
The mischievous bears were seen wrestling in the water when the fight continued onto the shoreline of Kuril Lake, Kamchatka, Russia.
Captured pawing at each other’s face and body, the pesky pair began brawling as soon they noticed their mother’s back was turned.
Luckily, the squabbling siblings were still under the watchful eye of their mother who soon noticed the pair getting over excited.
After stepping in and splitting the pair apart the youngsters soon calmed down and scampered after mum in search of dinner.
Russian photographer, Denis Budkov, 35, watched the amusing moment unfold from a secure location in some nearby foliage.
Denis said: “The two cubs were great to watch, they were very lively and constantly play fighting.
“It all started when the pair were playing in the water as one of the cubs took a swipe at the other.
“The mother seemed all too familiar with the little cubs fighting but definitely kept a close eye on them despite looking so relaxed.
“She noticed the cubs were getting more and more aggressive and at some point they seemed to cross a line.
“Once she got in between the pair they seemed to understand the message and knew it was time to calm down.
“Kamchatka is a really magical place, especially for bear sightings, it’s interactions like this that make you realise how similar animals and humans really are.”