A bear and two cubs were swimming across the lake.
But halfway there, the mother realized that she had run out of strength, and then she turned back.
But the cubs continued to swim for some time and then began to sink.
The fishing boat was nearby, and the cubs realized that this was their only salvation!
They clung to the boat with all their might with their paws and teeth, and their eyes begged for help.
Of course, the fishermen were afraid of wild animals, but they saw that the cubs just wanted to save.
Ruslan Lukanin, one of the fishermen, says:
“They were swimming with their mother, and suddenly we saw that she was tired and swam back. And the cubs began to sink. We pulled them out with difficulty and took them to the island where their mother was going.
Of course, it was scary. But they are living beings, we could not abandon them, we could not pretend that we had not seen them.»
The cubs clung to the boat on their own for some time while the fishermen assessed the situation.
One of the cubs was dragged into the boat using a net, while the other held onto the net in the water while the men steered the boat to land.
All this time they were talking to the bears and cheering them on like children.
Perhaps this also helped the bears to gather all their strength – they felt and saw that people were helping them and wishing them well.
Fishermen took the cubs to one of the islands – there, as they saw, their mother sailed there
They hoped that the bear would soon be able to find her cubs
“They were terribly exhausted and couldn’t even walk on their own. We hope that their mother will find them and help them” » the bear rescuers say.