By Jamie Smith
A photographer has captured the adorable moment a pair of bears shared a touching embrace in the middle of a ferocious fight.
Patrick Martin, 50, was travelling around the coast of British Columbia, Canada, when he came across a sleuth of bears fighting one another
However, two of the beasts appeared to pause from their fight to share a touching bear hug, leading Patrick to quickly snap the unique moment.
Colin, from Washington DC, said: “These two bears seemed to be well acquainted and would often be seen together munching on sedge grass.
“From time to time they would stop eating and wrestle with each other – you might call it play fighting.
“This particular fight went on for more than half an hour, and they even ended up in the water.
“They eventually got out of the water, gave one another a ‘bear hug’ and went back to eating together – but they both seemed to enjoy their play fight that’s for sure!
“I felt very privileged to get to see these animals in their habitat acting out their natural behaviour.”