Most bears slow down during winter, but the colds of Scandinavia didn't keep this bear family from an adorable frolic in the forests of eastern Finland.
Photographer Valtteri Mulkahainen, 59, was shooting wildlife in Martinselkonen, Finland, when he spied a mama bear apparently playing a game of peek-a-boo with her cub, and stealing kisses from her affectionate kin.
"In the pictures the bear played with other cubs around the trees, too," Mulkahainen, who has been photographing nature for the about eight years, told Caters News. "They climbed trees and went down for kisses."
Finland forests boast a healthy population of about 2,000 brown bears and with it a robust bear photography industry.
Mother bears typically give birth in their hibernation dens, but those in milder regions may remain active during the winter -- as this bear family appeared to be.
No matter the season, there's no doubt Mulkahainen caught a rare moment. "The bear behaved like a human. She lovingly watched her baby bear, following it around the tree."