This is the rather adorable moment two bear cubs held hands – or should that be paws – as their mum hunted for some fish.
The family were spotted by Lewis Kemper, 62,in Lake Clark National Park in Alaska. He couldn’t resist snapping a few pictures of them.
His pictures show the two cubs stood side-by-side as the smaller one paws at the bigger sibling’s back while they wait patiently for their mum to come back with some grub.
Lewis said: ‘I was leading a photography tour around Lake Clark in Alaska, earlier this month, when I spotted a female and her two cubs waiting for her to come back with something to eat.
‘I was standing about 20 feet away from the two cubs – bears in the area are used to human presence and do not mind us.
‘The two bears held hands for around 20 seconds, hoping their mother would bring them some dinner but unfortunately, she came back fishless.
‘Although bears love their fish, most of them are omnivores and mainly eat plants and of course, a lot of grass.’
The California-based wildlife photographer has over 30 years’ experience and worked in countries as far away as India but Alaska remains one of his favourite destinations.