Animals

By Mike Jones 


Children are notorious for running off and this naughty bear cub is no different – hiding in a tall tree behind its mum.

The puzzled mummy bear was left looking for her little one after photographer, Cody Needham, accidentally startled the cub and sent it running up a tree.

PIC BY Cody Needham / CATERS NEWS

The un-BEAR-ably cute snaps were taken by Cody during a trip to Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California.

The 28-year-old said: “My friend, Jordan, and myself were hiking a trail called Alta Peak.

“It started to snow heavily about a mile from the peak so we turned around and headed back down the mountain.

PIC BY Cody Needham / CATERS NEWS

“When we got to the parking lot the mother bear and her cub ran across the street, I assume the snow had forced them off the mountain as well.

“My friend pulled over and I walked to the edge of the road and saw the mother and cub about 50 yards away.

PIC BY Cody Needham / CATERS NEWS

“I walked a few yards off the road in their direction taking pictures, as I went and the sound of sticks breaking startled the cub and up the tree he went.

“It happened so fast I was afraid my camera settings weren’t going to capture the moment in clarity but a few good photos made the cut.

PIC BY Cody Needham / CATERS NEWS

“I saw the cub on the ground following the mother so when the cub perched itself on the branch looking down at his mother I knew it was a once in a lifetime shot.”