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Nothing beats a bear hug - amazing close-up photos of mother and cub bonding

Published 07/03/2014 | 14:53

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Polar bear Gerda plays with her cub in the Zoo in Novosibirsk, about 2,800 kilometers (1,750 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014. The first cub of Polar bear couple Kai and Gerda was born at Novosibirsk Zoo in early December. (AP photo/Ilnar Salakhiev)
Polar bear Gerda plays with her cub in the Zoo in Novosibirsk, about 2,800 kilometers east of Moscow (AP photo/Ilnar Salakhiev)
Polar bear Gerda plays with her cub in the Zoo in Novosibirsk, about 2,800 kilometers (1,750 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014. The first cub of Polar bear couple Kai and Gerda was born at Novosibirsk Zoo in early December. (AP photo/Ilnar Salakhiev)
Polar bear Gerda plays with her cub in the Zoo in Novosibirsk, about 2,800 kilometers east of Moscow, Russia (AP photo/Ilnar Salakhiev)
Polar bear Gerda with her cub emerges from their den in the Zoo in Novosibirsk, about 2,800 kilometers (1,750 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014. The first cub of Polar bear couple Kai and Gerda was born at Novosibirsk Zoo in early December.  (AP photo/Ilnar Salakhiev)
Polar bear Gerda with her cub emerges from their den in the Zoo in Novosibirsk, about 2,800 kilometers east of Moscow, Russia (AP photo/Ilnar Salakhiev)

Nothing beats a bear hug… and this cub knows it.

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Amazing close-up photos of polar bear Gerda bonding with her cub in a Russian zoo have been released.

The shots show the mum-and-baby duo playing with each other in the snow and cuddling each other at the entrance to their den.

Although the pair look fit to cuddle here, the polar bear is in fact the most carnivorous member of the bear family. The species have been classified as vulnerable, with eight of the nineteen polar bear subpopulations in decline.

The zoo, in Novosibirsk, about 2,800 km east of Moscow is home to polar bear couple Kai and Gerda who celebrated the birth of their first baby cub in early December. 

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