Bear knuckle fight! Two bear cubs go head-to-head in playful wrestling match!

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It might look like they’re fighting to the death – but these bear cubs are just play-fighting as they go head-to-head.

The two brown bears look terrifying as they bare their teeth and square up to each other, but their impromptu wrestling match is just for fun.

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The action shots were taken by photographer Sergey Ivanov, 53, during a trip to Kuril Lake at the Kronotsky Nature Reserve, on the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in far-east Russia.

Sergey, from Kirov, Russia, said: “In the pictures you see two young, wrestling bears – it’s both a fight and play, it’s some kind of training.

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“Though it looks pretty fierce and cruel, no bear is badly harmed.

“The conflict started suddenly, and lasted about 15 minutes before it calmed down as suddenly as it started.

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“Bears usually sleep during the snow period, but Kamchatka is a place where there is plenty of food for them – that’s why they hibernate later.

“Bears are my favourite animals and I visit Kamchatka every year to watch and photograph brown bears.”