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Brown bear shows off his dad dancing moves up against a tree during a display of territory marking

A young brown bear shows off his dad dancing moves up against a tree during a display of territory marking

  • The grizzly bear was rubbing itself against the bark to mark its territory
  • Wildlife photographer Russell Millner caught the animal in action in Canada
  • The bear showed off its moves standing on its back legs with its paws in the air

A grizzly bear has been captured putting on a show in front of the camera as it dances up next to a tree in Canada.

The young bear showed off its moves by standing on its back legs and stepping side to side with its paws in the air. 

Professional wildlife photographer Russell Millner caught the animal in action beside the Nakina River at the T’á ish camp in northern British Columbia, Canada. 

He said the brown bear, around six foot-tall, was rubbing itself against the tree as a way of marking its territory but ‘was clearly enjoying the sensation’. 

Mr Millner, from Bowness-on-Windermere in Cumbria, travelled for three days to capture close-up images of the bears.

He said: ‘It’s a real privilege to spend time in the bear’s backyard. 

The young bear showed off its moves by standing on its back legs and stepping side to side with its paws in the air

The photographer who captured the moment said the brown bear, around six foot-tall, was rubbing itself against the tree as a way of marking its territory but 'was clearly enjoying the sensation'

The photographer who captured the moment said the brown bear, around six foot-tall, was rubbing itself against the tree as a way of marking its territory but ‘was clearly enjoying the sensation’

‘In this particular camp you get very close, in a controlled and reasonably safe way, to these bears.

‘There is great emphasis on keeping the interactions safe so as not to put the bears at risk.’ 

Mr Millner added: ‘This bear was rubbing his back against the tree and hugging it for about two minutes. 

Mr Millner said the young male bear, which weighed around 120kg and was around five metres away, was not bothered by his presence

Mr Millner said the young male bear, which weighed around 120kg and was around five metres away, was not bothered by his presence

‘He was clearly enjoying the sensation. His moves were much better than dad-dancing. 

‘It’s not clear why they do it, but a behavioural ecologist, Dr Owen Nevin, suggested that they use it as a way to communicate with other male bears to reduce conflict with them. 

‘It seems to be about scent marking.’ 

Mr Millner said the young male bear, which weighed around 120kg and was around five metres away, was not bothered by his presence.

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