While most people think of wildlife as vicious and dangerous, it may also provide some wonderfully tender encounters. And this pair of bear cubs holding hands is quite breathtaking. Lewis Kemper, a wildlife photographer, was fortunate enough to be in the right position at the right moment to take some breathtaking images.
When the 62-year-old photographer from California discovered the charming scene, he was at Lake Clark National Park. While watching the momma bear trying to get the meal, two cubs were holding hands. “Earlier this month, I was leading a photography tour around Lake Clark in Alaska when I observed a female and her two cubs waiting for her to return with food,” Lewis said. “I was around 20 feet away from the two cubs — bears in the area are accustomed to human presence and are unconcerned about our presence.”
Despite their eager anticipation for fish at dinner, their mother returned empty-handed. “For almost 20 seconds, the two bears held hands,” the photographer added. “They hoped their mother would bring them some food, but she returned empty-handed.” Bears have a 10% hunting success rate, according to wildlife specialists.
“Although bears enjoy eating fish, the majority of them are omnivores who eat mostly plants, including a lot of grass.” The cubs even joined their mother in an attempt to help her get their dinner at one point.
The two cubs, however, aren’t the first animals caught on camera holding ‘hands.’ Two penguins holding flippers were discovered on a South African beach a few years ago by a couple. The sweet encounter soon went viral on social media at the time, capturing the hearts of millions of people. Check it out!