Finally, A Real Goldilocks Bear Family


216 Words 2-Minute Listen

'Goldilocks and the three bears' depicts a perfect bear family - complete with a papa bear, mama bear and a baby bear. However, in real life things are not quite as good. While mama bears normally stick around and raise their newborns, papa bears are notorious for abandoning their familes - The one exception? Balu, a brown male bear that resides at the Primorsky Zoo, in Eastern Russia.

It turns out that this proud dad can't get enough of his four-month old daughter, appropriately named Diva. He is constantly hugging her and has even been spotted blowing a raspberry on her stomach, while doting mother Masha, looks on. And, while he patiently waits on his little sweetie, when she is being fed, zoo director, Elena Aseidulina who captured these beautiful moments on camera, has often seen him pawing his wife to move it along, so that he can have his turn.

What's even more surprising to Elena, is that Balu has also taken on some of the traditional mummy bear roles, like teaching little Diva about the dangers of the world, as well as, learning to swim.

Elena says in all her years of observing wild animals, she has never seen such devotion and love from a papa bear - Little Diva is one lucky bear isn't she?


Cite Article
  • ghjj
    ghjjTuesday, March 22, 2016 at 1:26 pm
    • Lena lueMonday, March 21, 2016 at 1:37 pm
      That's so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • rc99130
        rc99130Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 6:47 am
        awww soo cute
        • adorbleTuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:38 pm
          ohh so cute
          • snugybugy
            snugybugyThursday, September 10, 2015 at 12:35 pm
            ohhh sooo cute!
            • wildizy
              wildizyThursday, September 10, 2015 at 10:58 am
              that is sooo sweet i need me wona them
              • bocaj89
                bocaj89Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 7:54 am
                i love bears
                • unipurple
                  unipurpleTuesday, August 18, 2015 at 8:40 am
                  aww... Soooooooooooo Cute! I love the photo of when the bear is hugging "Diva"! Diva is a perfect name for the little bear since she gets so much attention from the father and mother!
                  • broeschh
                    broeschhTuesday, August 18, 2015 at 8:36 am
                    thats so cute
                    • kbeier
                      kbeierTuesday, August 18, 2015 at 8:20 am