Pictures: Mum watches on as bear cubs 'dance' in Finnish forest

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A family of baby brown bears appear to be dancing to Ring a Ring o' Roses as their mother relaxes behind a tree nearby.  At just a few months old, two young males and one female gather in a circle, clutch each others' hands and begin to dance to the popular nursery rhyme.

It's almost like a scene from a school playground as the bears joyfully play together, tapping their feet and moving around in a circle.  However, after a while, one baby bear is left standing alone appearing to do a victory jig while, in another photo, another baby bear is escaping up a tree.

PE teacher Valtteri Mulkahainen, 52, was lucky enough to witness the magical moment after travelling through eastern Finland when they came across the bears near Suomussalmi.  SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.

Pictured:  Two of the bears left standing, dancing to Ring a Ring o' Roses.

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A family of baby brown bears appeared to be dancing to Ring a Ring o'Roses as their mother watched them from behind a tree.

The bears, aged just a few months old, were pictured by PE teacher Valtteri Mulkahainen, 52, in the forest in Finland.

The two young males and one female gathered in a circle and clutched each other's hands before appearing to dance to the popular nursery rhyme.

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Mulkahainen witnessed the magical moment while travelling through eastern Finland and came across the bears near Suomussalmi.

Brown bears are shy creatures that avoid contact with humans. They are the largest omnivores in Europe and Finland's national animal.

In autumn, they prepare themselves for their winter hibernation by eating berries and other forest treats. Their hibernation takes place between September and March.

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