This is the touching moment a baby bear gets swept up in a big cuddle – from her affectionate father.
What makes the photographs, taken at a zoo in eastern Russia, so fascinating is that most male bears have nothing to do with their cubs and leave the rearing to females.
But Balu is more hands-on than most with four-month-old daughter Diva and is content to give her a proper bear hug.
Keepers also noticed that Balu has taken on nearly all the traditional ‘female’ roles carried out by brown bears – including teaching their young about the dangers of the world.
Miss Aseidulina said: ‘Balu taught Diva to swim in the pool – she looked to her mother for help but Masha was totally calm and obviously trusted her “husband”.