DRAMATIC photos show the moment a mother bear fought off a predator to protect her terrified cubs.
Photographer Denis Budkov, 36, captured a male bear approaching the mum just before she unleashed a ferocious attack on him.
The mother bear launches a ferocious attack on the male predator[/caption]
She lashed out at the male as he approached her cubs[/caption]
The cubs, clearly terrified, looked on helplessly as their mother savaged the attacker.
The images were taken in Kronotsky Nature Reserve in eastern Russia.
Denis said: “The bears are pretty friendly there as they are used to people already.
“They understand that people won’t do any harm to them.
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“Bears still have quite complicated relations in their society as these photos show.
“I think it was some kind of territorial dispute.
“Thankfully, the conflict only lasts a couple of minutes and none of the bears were harmed.”
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The terrified cubs cling to a fallen tree, terrified as the male bear approaches[/caption]
Photographer Denis Budkov, 36, captured the incredible moment[/caption]
The mother bear protects her cubs[/caption]
She lunges at the male bear[/caption]
The attack continues, the mother clearly winning the fight[/caption]
She forces him to the ground[/caption]
As the cubs watch on, helpless[/caption]