A frigid lake
Our story begins along Lake Vygozero, one of Russia’s most northerly parts near its border with Finland. The terrain surrounding the lake during the winter seasons is hardly the most inviting – tundra-stricken and frigid as can be. The lake becomes covered in ice, and everything else in a blanket of snow. As such, lake Vygozero becomes a hazard zone and most people avoid visiting during the winter months, but animals don’t have that luxury. When one mother bear was faced with a daunting dilemma, she had to act in a way that goes against everything we think we know about how wild animals behave.