A mother bear smiles at the camera as she poses with her cubs for a family portrait. The mum appeared to have gathered her three young in for a tightly knit picture, before smiling for the lens.
In reality, she was panting in the heat of a sunny afternoon and there were at least another ten bears around them so the mother was keeping them close for protection. The young cubs also clambered over her and used their mother as a pillow as they rested on a grassy plain near the coast in Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA. SEE OUR COPY FOR DETAILS.