Fishermen Use Nets To Scoop Lost Baby Bears Out Of Lake After They Get Separated From Their Mom

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Two Russian fishermen got the surprise of their lives when nature suddenly came calling.

The men were on Lake Vygozero in the Karelia region of Russia when two drowning wild brown bear cubs latched onto their boat.

The cubs had been separated from their mother while crossing the lake. It’s believed that the mother bear overestimated her cubs’ ability to swim and led them into the frigid water. Little did she know, they wouldn’t be able to keep up with her and make it to the other side.

The fishermen quickly devised a plan to rescue the two bear cubs from their situation without getting too close to the wild animals — or their razor-sharp claws. Seeing them struggle, they had to act fast.

In the clip below, you can see that they managed to hoist one of the bear cubs using a sturdy net. It takes the little one a few seconds, but he finally manages to make it onto the boat alive. His sibling soon follows suit.

The fishermen say that they then brought them to shore. But the poor cubs were too weak to walk on their own. With the humans’ help, they were dropped off amongst some trees. The men hope that their mother eventually found them safe and sound.

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