Two Russian fishermen rescued two drowning wild brown bear cubs in a frozen lake. Their amazing video footage shows the remarkable affinity between beast and man.
The heart-warming film and pictures highlight how the frightened bears placed their total faith in the tourists in a boat. The location is Lake Vygozero in the Karelia region of northern Russia.
Fishermen to the rescue!
In the footage, thought to have been taken last month, the wild animals had been separated from their mother. Apparently, she had crossed the lake after she overestimated the cubs’ swimming abilities.
The cubs were literally sinking and would have undoubtedly perished. It was the fishermens’ quick-thinking intervention that got them out of trouble.
The eyes and expressions of one of the bears showed utter fear and desperation. Instinctively, the cubs were aware that only the fishermen could save them.
Here’s the whole incident from the fishermens’ side
Ruslan Lukanin, from Moscow, describes the event.
‘They had swum [across the lake] with their mother. But she overestimated her strength and swam away. The cubs began to sink. We picked them up and dragged them to the island to which their mother had swum. It was dangerous, of course. But they are living creatures. We couldn’t just look the other way.‘
Extraordinary images show the light-faced cub seemingly pleading the fishermen to save it. The tourists wanted to help but on the same time they knew they were rescuing wild animals that could also attack them.
We can hear the men talk back to cub, encouraging it, as if it was a human child.
The second bear with a dark face was lifted out of the lake, too. This one had to be carried on netting on the boat, as it was totally exhausted from the ordeal in the water.
The rescue mission for the two bear cubs was a total success
The fishermen took the bear cubs to one of 500-plus islands on the lake. That was where their mother had swum, evidently unaware of the desperate plight of her offspring. Ready to collapse from exhaustion, the cubs had to be helped into the forest.
‘They were too weak to walk by themselves,’ claimed one of the fishermen. They took the bears into the trees hoping that their neglectful mother would find them and help them recover.