A brown bear has been snapped taking a relaxing bath just like his human friends.
Balu the bear splashed around in the water littered with rose petals in his enclosure in Saratov, Russia.
He loves to roll around and soak in the water on his back like a person would do after a long day, according to his owner Ruslan Tsyvilev.
Ruslan acquired Balu during the pandemic as zoos began to lose money through lack of tourism, and now they live together.
The intimidating bear, affectionately name Balu after the bear in the Jungle Book, loves a cooling bath in his compound
The intimidating bear enjoys his harmless baths everyday and indulges in his enjoyment of swimming.
Friend and photographer, Anna Prigorodova said: ‘The bear loves to take baths everyday.
‘He climbs in himself whenever he sees the bath full.
‘Balu swims for 15-20 minutes and starts to indulge.’
Balu, while being extremely intimidating in stature, is used to human contact and now lives alongside owner Ruslam
Balu lives in an enclosure put together by his owner Ruslam, who spends time with the bear every day
Playtime in the bath is a regular occurrence for Balu who climbs in himself whenever he sees the bath full
Balu lived his early life in a zoo in Saratov, Russia, where he was picked up by owner Ruslam during the pandemic which crippled the finances of many zoos.
Saratov is a major port city on the Volga river in south-Western Russia, 241 miles from Volgograd and 533 miles south-east of Moscow.
Russia has one of the largest populations of brown bears in the world, with roughly 120,000 brown bears estimated to live throughout Russia’s forests with many more in captivity.