You’re so funny, mama! Polar bear cub ‘laughs’ while playing with his mother in the Russian zoo

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You’re so funny, mama! Polar bear cub ‘laughs’ while playing with his mother in the Russian zoo

  • Kolymana, an eight-year-old mother polar bear, has been photographed ‘laughing’ with one of her cubs
  • Photographer Natalya Okoneshnikova snapped the polar bear and her cub who shared the playful moment
  • Kolymana lives with her two cubs at the Orto-Doydu Zoo in Yaktusk, Russia, the coldest zoo in the world

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A mother polar bear and one of her cubs appear to burst into laughter as they roll through the snow at a zoo in Russia.

Eight-year-old Kolymana lives at Orto-Doydu Zoo, the coldest zoo in the world, in Yakutsk, Russia’s largest region.

Now, incredible photos taken by photographer Natalya Okoneshnikova show Kolymana, who lost her mother in the North Pole at the age of four months, playing in the snow.

Okoneshnikova said, “They cuddled and played right in front of my camera. Hopefully I have been able to share the feeling of love between the mother and the cub. ‘

She also said this was the first time she had been able to get this close to the pool to take pictures.

After her mother died, Kolymana was seen floating on a floating piece of ice in the Arctic before being rescued by a team from WWF Russia’s Bear Patrol.

She was nursed healthily for several months before being transported to the zoo in Yakutsk, where she now lives.

She has since given birth to two cubs, one in 2017 and the other last year.

Eight-year-old mother polar bear Kolymana and one of her cubs

They seem to have burst into laughter as they rolled through the snow

They seem to have burst into laughter as they rolled through the snow

Eight-year-old polar bear mother Kolymana and one of her cubs appear to burst out laughing as they roll through the snow at the Orto-Doydu Zoo in Yaktusk, Russia

Kolymana and her cub lie flat on their stomachs as they play together in the snow at their home in the world's coldest zoo

Kolymana and her cub lie flat on their stomachs as they play together in the snow at their home in the world's coldest zoo

Kolymana and her cub lie flat on their stomachs as they play together in the snow at their home in the world’s coldest zoo

Kolymana lost her mother when she was only four months old

Kolymana lost her mother when she was only four months old

Here she rolls around in the snow with her oldest cub, born in 2017

Here she rolls around in the snow with her oldest cub, born in 2017

Kolymana, who lost her mother when she was only four months old, rolls around in the snow with the eldest of her two cubs born in 2017

After her mother died, Kolymana was seen alone on a floating piece of ice in the North Pole

After her mother died, Kolymana was seen alone on a floating piece of ice in the North Pole

After her mother died, Kolymana was seen alone on a floating piece of ice in the North Pole

A team from WWF Russia's Bear Patrol went into hiding to rescue Kolymana from the ice after watching over her to make sure her mother was gone.

A team from WWF Russia's Bear Patrol went into hiding to rescue Kolymana from the ice after watching over her to make sure her mother was gone.

A team from WWF Russia’s Bear Patrol went into hiding to rescue Kolymana from the ice after watching over her to make sure her mother was gone.

She was nursed healthily for several months before being transported to the zoo in Yakutsk, where she now lives.  Pictured: Kolymana as a baby polar bear who eats from a bowl after being rescued

She was nursed healthily for several months before being transported to the zoo in Yakutsk, where she now lives.  Pictured: Kolymana as a baby polar bear who eats from a bowl after being rescued

She was nursed healthy for several months before being transported to the zoo in Yakutsk, where she now lives. Pictured: Kolymana as a baby polar bear who eats from a bowl after being rescued

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