We can’t bear to be apart! Polar bears curl up beside each other after male pursued female for weeks across the ice ‘determined to win her heart’… before ‘coming together in loving embrace’

  • They are pictured in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole

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Two polar bears curled up to sleep peacefully next to each other in a beautiful display of love.

They were caught on camera in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, after the male bear spent weeks chasing the female.

He followed her by following her scent and footsteps in the snow as he was ‘determined to win her heart’, according to French photographer Florian Ledoux, 34, who waited patiently for the two polar bears to meet.

When the male finally caught up with the female, he ‘mimicked’ her every move and she accepted him by her side. They were even pictured playing together, with one of them rolling over and flapping its paws at the other.

‘They circle each other, playfully pinching and hitting each other, before finally coming together in a loving embrace. As the dance comes to an end, the two polar bears mate, a beautiful and intimate moment in the vast and desolate polar landscape,’ said Mr Ledoux.

“After that, they fall asleep together, a true testament to the power of love and the resilience of life in nature.”

The wildlife photographer said he had tears in his eyes as he captured the intimate moments because their pairing ‘resonated’ with him. ‘When I stared at them, I felt like looking at people or friends that I got to know a little better. Animals are like us,’ he added.

Two polar bears curled up to sleep peacefully next to each other in a beautiful display of love

Two polar bears curled up to sleep peacefully next to each other in a beautiful display of love

They were caught on camera in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, after the male bear spent weeks chasing the female.

They were caught on camera in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole, after the male bear spent weeks chasing the female.

He followed her by following her scent and footsteps in the snow as he was 'determined to win her heart', according to French photographer Florian Ledoux, 34, who patiently waited for the two polar bears to meet

He followed her by following her scent and footsteps in the snow as he was ‘determined to win her heart’, according to French photographer Florian Ledoux, 34, who patiently waited for the two polar bears to meet

When the male finally catches up with the female, he 'mimics' her every move and she accepts him by her side

When the male finally catches up with the female, he ‘mimics’ her every move and she accepts him by her side

They are even pictured above playing together, with one of them rolling over and flapping his paws at the other

They are even pictured above playing together, with one of them rolling over and flapping his paws at the other

The male polar bear was relentless in his pursuit and followed the female bear for weeks until he finally caught up with her

The male polar bear was relentless in his pursuit and followed the female bear for weeks until he finally caught up with her

'They circle each other, playfully pinching and hitting each other, before finally coming together in a loving embrace.  As the dance comes to an end, the two polar bears mate, a beautiful and intimate moment in the vast and desolate polar landscape,' Mr Ledoux said after capturing the pair in the arctic.

‘They circle each other, playfully pinching and hitting each other, before finally coming together in a loving embrace. As the dance comes to an end, the two polar bears mate, a beautiful and intimate moment in the vast and desolate polar landscape,’ Mr Ledoux said after capturing the pair in the arctic.

Mr Ledoux said he had tears in his eyes as he captured the intimate moments because their pairing

Mr Ledoux said he had tears in his eyes as he captured the intimate moments because their pairing “resonated” with him. ‘When I stared at them, I felt like looking at people or friends that I got to know a little better. Animals are like us,’ he added. In the photo above the male bear as he followed in the female’s footsteps