Just bear-ing up – it’s closing time as bears stumble out of lake
It’s a scene familiar to many humans – these bears look like they’ve just stumbled out at closing time.
A bit damp, looking a little worse for wear, holding each other as they spoil for a fight, they look like they’ve been out on the town.
Instead, the bear brothers are taking a playful break from salmon fishing in Lake Kurrile, in Kamchatka, eastern Russia.
The photographs were taken by 57-year-old Italian Giuseppe D’Amico.
He said: “I was on the lake’s shores to photograph bears fishing for salmon.
“Suddenly in the distance I saw two bears that looked like they were fighting.
“But after a while I released that they were really just playing.
“Their interaction was very nice and interesting to see.
“It was a fantastic experience to see two big bears seeming to have such a big struggle.”