Eyes are bigger than its bear-ly: hilarious moment bear cub struggles with huge salmon catch

This is the hilarious moment a bear cub nearly bit off more than it could chew when it was spotted struggling with a huge salmon.

Pictured with the fish in its mouth, the creature was seen thrashing around in an effort to keep the catch under control.

Wildlife photographer, Sergey Ivanov, 52, spent days photographing the bears hunting at Kuril Lake in Kronotsy Reserve, Russia.

This bear cub nearly bit off more than it could chew when it was spotted struggling with a huge salmon

This bear cub nearly bit off more than it could chew when it was spotted struggling with a huge salmon

Amusingly, the bear’s sibling was also seen looking on in awe as the cub wrestled its meal into submission.

But although the feisty fish was nearly equal in size to the little cub, the youngster managed to win the battle to bag himself a hearty lunch.

After finding a secluded spot near the river, the cub then tried to tuck into its supper in peace but it wasn’t long before its brother wondered over to see the impressive catch for himself.

Wildlife photographer, Sergey Ivanov, 52, spent days photographing the bears hunting at Kuril Lake

Wildlife photographer, Sergey Ivanov, 52, spent days photographing the bears hunting at Kuril Lake

Sergey said: “I’d been watching this bear family for some time and I had spent a few days around them.

“I was not really far from them, probably no more than 50 metres and after a few days they get used to your presence and pay you little attention.

“The lakes and rivers here are full of salmon and that’s why the bears look so well, they don’t even sleep in the winter until late January because they have plenty to eat.

The bear cub  clearly had eyes bigger than its belly

The bear cub clearly had eyes bigger than its belly

“But considering the fact that the lake is full of fish, I have never seen such a small bear tackle such a big fish.

“It was pretty hilarious to watch him trying to cope with a fish as big as this one.

“I even remember laughing out loud when I saw this through my viewfinder.

Sergey said: "I'd been watching this bear family for some time and I had spent a few days around them."

Sergey said: “I’d been watching this bear family for some time and I had spent a few days around them.”

“But the bear is a strong animal, even the cubs, and it finally managed to win the fight.

“Looking at the pictures you can see it wasn’t just me that though the fish was too much handle, it looks like his sibling had the same idea.”