Despite her three-month-old triplets clambering all over her, the bear stayed patient and even placidly posed for a photo.
Biologist Matthais Breiter snapped the charming little family scene at Wapusk National Park near Manitoba in Canada. Matthias, 48, said: “The mother knew I was there but paid little attention as I didn’t approach them – she never let her cubs be more than a few feet away her.
“She was caring and protective. She never interfered, though, in the little play fights among the cubs.”