HOW’S this for cold comfort?

These polar bear cubs had a spring in their step as they ventured out of their den for the first time in six months.

Polar bear cubs ‘hug’ as they step out with their mum for some winter fun

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Polar bear cubs were captured 'hugging' in CanadaCredit: Jam Press

Wildlife photographer Brian Mathews, 42, from Hartlepool, Co Durham captured the glorious scene in Wapusk National Park, around 30 miles south of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, earlier this month.

The cubs lark about as their exhausted mum sleeps on after they emerged from hibernation.

Brian said: “The cubs in the photos were building up their strength playing and trying to keep warm while the mother wasn’t bothered by the cold – they would often fall asleep in front of us, letting the drifting snow entomb them.”

Polar bear cubs ‘hug’ as they step out with their mum for some winter fun

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They ventured out of their den for the first time in six monthsCredit: Jam Press
Polar bear cubs ‘hug’ as they step out with their mum for some winter fun

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The cubs lark about as their exhausted mum sleeps on after they emerged from hibernationCredit: Jam Press

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