Polar bear cub 'laughs' as it plays with its mother at Russian zoo

You’re so funny, Mummy! Polar bear cub ‘laughs’ as it plays with its mother at Russian zoo

  • Kolymana, an eight-year-old mother polar bear, has been photographed ‘laughing’ with one of her cubs
  • Photographer Natalya Okoneshnikova snapped the polar bear and her cub sharing the playful moment
  • Kolymana lives with her two cubs at the Orto-Doydu Zoo in Yaktusk, Russia, the coldest zoo in the world

A mother polar bear and one of her cubs appear to burst into a fit of laughter while rolling in the snow at a zoo in Russia.

Eight-year-old Kolymana lives at Orto-Doydu Zoo, the coldest zoo in the world, in Yakutsk, Russia’s largest region.

Now, incredible pictures taken by photographer Natalya Okoneshnikova show Kolymana, who lost her mother in the Arctic at the age of four-months, playing in the snow.

Okoneshnikova said: ‘They were hugging and playing right in front of my camera. Hopefully I managed to share the feeling of love between the mother and the cub.’

She also said that this was the first time she had been able to get so close to the polar to take pictures. 

After her mother died, Kolymana was spotted floating on a drifting piece of ice in the Arctic before being rescued by a team from WWF Russia’s Bear Patrol.

She was nursed back to health for several months before being transported to the zoo in Yakutsk where she now lives.

She has since given birth to two cubs, one in 2017 and the other last year. 



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Eight-year-old mother polar bear Kolymana and one of her cubs appear to burst into a fit of laughter while rolling in the snow atthe Orto-Doydu Zoo in Yaktusk, Russia

Kolymana and her cub lie flat on their fronts as they play together in the snow at their home in the world’s coldest zoo


Kolymana, who lost her mother when she was just four-months-old, rolls around in the snow with the eldest of her two cubs who was born in 2017

After her mother died, Kolymana was spotted floating on a drifting piece of ice in the Arctic on her own

A team from WWF Russia’s Bear Patrol swooped in to rescue Kolymana from the ice after keeping watch over her to make sure her mother wasn’t still around

She was nursed back to health for several months before being transported to the zoo in Yakutsk where she now lives. Pictured: Kolymana as an infant polar bear eating from a bowl after being rescued

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