Photographer Daisy Gilardini waited 117 hours to capture these adorable moments between a polar bear and her cubs

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British Columbia professional photographer Daisy Gilardini waited 117 hours to capture these incredibly beautiful moments between a polar bear and her cubs at the Wapusk National Park in Manitoba, Canada.

“You really need to be patient. You never know if you’re going to see the bears or not,” said Gilardini. “They know you’re there. Even if they are in the den, they can smell the fuel, they can smell us.”

Not only did Gilardini brave a long wait, but she also had to contend with wind gusts reaching 60 to 70 km/h (37 mph to 43 mph). “It is extremely difficult and rare to witness the exit of the bears from the dens and one has to face extremely challenging conditions,”

Polar Bear mother with cubs

Polar Bear mother with cubs

Polar Bear mother with cub

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