By Kristiana Hall
A fearless photographer has captured incredible footage of a friendly brown bear – from so close he could hear it breathing.
Finish PE teacher Valtteri Mulkahainen was unfazed when the amicable mammal came within 3ft (one metre) of him last week.
The 57-year-old, who lives in the village of Sotkamo in Northern Finland, filmed the amazing close encounter from a house in the nearby town of Suomussalmi.
Valtteri, who has been a keen amateur photographer for eight years, said: “I was photographing bears from the house, when this one came close.
“I filmed it with my phone camera from the lower window.
“As I shot the video, I immediately realized it would be interesting because I was only one metre away from the bear as it was eating in front of the house.
“I could hear his breath and hear him eat.
“It was very interesting to see such an animal so close.”