Two grizzly bear cubs hitch a ride on their mum’s back to cross a wide river

TWO bear cubs hitch a ride on their mother’s back to cross a wide river.

The six-month-old grizzlies are not yet strong enough to swim and their mother was trying to teach them not to be afraid of the 6ft deep water.

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The two six-month-old cubs are ride on their mother’s back as they cross the river[/caption]

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The young bears are not yet strong enough to tackle the deep water on their own[/caption]

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After successfully taking her cubs across the river, the mother attempts to remove them from her back[/caption]

Pattie Walsh took the pictures in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

She said: “The cubs appeared to be a little apprehensive. They stayed close to their mum and latched on as tight as they could.

“One cub used his claws and teeth to hold on but as soon as the water was low enough mum tossed them off.

“The bears forage in all parts of the National Park. On the other side of the river is more food.

“Crossing the river like this also teaches them that they don’t need to fear the water.”

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The cubs try to hold on but the mother manages to remove them from her back[/caption]

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Crossing the river like this helps the cubs lose their fears, according to the photographer who took the snaps[/caption]

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Pattie Walsh took the pictures in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska[/caption]

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One of the cubs hangs on for the return trip[/caption]

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