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LAND OF THE BEARS 

wild brown bears of the finnish taiga

photos by Alessandro Bee

videos by Giovanni Bee

brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

Nella sconfinata taiga finlandese, tra laghi e foreste, vive uno dei più grandi e carismatici animali europei, simbolo nazionale della Finlandia e della confinante Federazione Russa: l'orso bruno.

In the endless Finnish taiga, between lakes and forests, lives one of the largest and most charismatic European animals, a national symbol of Finland and the neighboring Russian Federation: the brown bear.

brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

"Trascorrere la notte in un capanno nella taiga finlandese è stata un'esperienza bellissima. Tranne che per le zanzare prima di entrare!

Gli orsi bruni adulti sono animali che mi danno un senso di forza e di potenza, mentre i cuccioli sono dolcissimi".

(Ekaterina Bee)

brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

"Spending the night in a cabin in the Finnish taiga was an amazing experience. Except for mosquitoes before entering!

Adult bears are animals that give me a sense of strength and power, while cubs are very sweet".

(Ekaterina Bee)

brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

"Eravamo nel capanno di osservazione. All’inizio nessuno credeva che avessi visto delle ombre. Papà, il nonno e i nostri amici pensavano che avessi visto delle foglie o un tronco d’albero. Ma quando, 5 minuti dopo, è poi spuntato l’orso sono stati tutti zitti e un po' imbarazzati e io mi sono messa a ridere!!!".

(Ekaterina Bee)

brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

"We were in the observation cabin. At the beginning, nobody believed that I had seen shadows. Daddy, grandpa and our friends thought that I had seen leaves or a tree trunk. But when the bear came up 5 minutes later, they were all silent and a little embarrassed and I started to laugh!!!" (Ekaterina Bee)

brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

"Per raggiungere il capanno di osservazione abbiamo fatto un tratto a piedi di circa 1 km, poi siamo entrati nel capanno la sera e siamo usciti la mattina.

Dormire lì è stato bellissimo, abbiamo visto 9 orsi in una notte! Anche se al nord in estate non fa mai buio. E poi mi sono addormentata". (Ekaterina Bee)

brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

"To reach the observation hut we walked for about 1 km, then we entered the hut in the evening and went out in the morning. Sleeping there was beautiful, we saw 9 bears in one night! Although in the north it never gets dark in summer. And then I fell asleep".

(Ekaterina Bee)

brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

"Gli orsi sembrano lenti ma possono essere molto veloci. La sera vicino al capanno è arrivato un orso che si è strofinato su un albero. Sembrava si stesse grattando ma stava marcando il territorio. Poi è arrivato un altro orso e quando l'ha visto è scappato velocissimo". (Ekaterina Bee)

brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

"Bears seem slow but can run fastly. In the evening a bear came and rubbed itself on a tree near the cabin. It seemed to be scratching but was marking the territory. Then another bear came and when he saw it he ran away fastly". (Ekaterina Bee)

brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

"La taiga è piena di vita. Camminando nella foresta si possono vedere tanti animali, scoiattoli rossi che corrono e saltano dagli alberi come folletti, picchi che pichiettano i tronchi e tanti altri uccelli".

(Ekaterina Bee)

red squirrel, brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
red squirrel, brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
red squirrel, brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

"The taiga is full of life. Walking in the forest you can see many animals, red squirrels running and jumping from the trees like goblins, woodpecker that tap the trunks and many other birds".

(Ekaterina Bee)

red squirrel, brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
red squirrel, brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
red squirrel, brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
red squirrel, brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

LO SAPEVI CHE?

L’orso è il più grande carnivoro europeo e i maschi adulti possono  superare i 350 kg di peso.

Le femmine sono generalmente più piccole e danno alla luce, durante il periodo del letargo, da due a quattro piccoli, che escono dalla tana a inizio primavera, piccoli e indifesi, per poi crescere velocemente, grazie al nutriente latte materno.

red squirrel, brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

The bear is the largest European carnivore and adult males can weigh over 350 kg.

 

The females are generally smaller and give birth, during the hibernation period, from two to four cubs, which come out of the den in early spring, small and defenseless, and then grow quickly, thanks to the nourishing mother milk.

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

red squirrel, brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

LO SAPEVI CHE?

Gli orsi hanno una caratteristica testa grande con occhi piccoli. Hanno udito e olfatto molto sviluppati e quando si muovono tendono a camminare annusando continuamente il terreno alla ricerca di tracce olfattive.

Soprattutto l’olfatto risulta essere particolarmente importante e gli orsi si lasciano guidare da questo senso, mentre la vista è poco sviluppata.

 

Sono animali onnivori e grazie alla loro enorme forza e alle dimensioni imponenti possono inseguire e abbattere anche prede molto grandi, come renne, cervi e alci.

moose, red squirrel, brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

Bears have a characteristic large head with small eyes. They have very developed sense of hearing and smell and when they move they tend to walk, constantly sniffing the ground in search of olfactory traces

Above all, the sense of smell is particularly important and the bears let themselves be guided by this sense, while they have a poor developed view.

They are omnivorous animals and thanks to their enormous strength and imposing size they can chase and knock down even very large prey, such as reindeer, deer and moose.

 brown bear, kajani, finland, bear watching, Ekaterina Bee, traveling with daddy, Alessandro Bee, taiga,
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