Sleepy bear waking up from hibernation snapped at Finland's Ranua Zoo

Updated: 25 Feb 2012
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Peekaboo ... brown bear wakes up after winter hibernation  
 
Heading out ... the bear pushes his way out of the den
  
Hibrrrnation ... bear has a nap in the freezing snow
 
 
Bear with a sore head ... drowzy animal
  
A DROWSY bear pokes his nose out of a snowy cave and sees daylight for the first time after a long winter's sleep.
 
The furry creature was spotted making the move from the frosty den where he had been hibernating.

Known as Palle-Jooseppi, the male brown bear can be seen breaking through a wall of snow in the grounds of Lapland's Ranua Zoo.

Using his head to hammer his way out, Palle-Jooseppi eventually manages to push the whole of his bulky body out of the cave's tiny opening
 
Exhausted by his efforts, he soon decides to continue a nap in a soft snow bank.

Palle-Jooseppi woke up after winter hibernation two weeks earlier than he has ever done before.

His son, Jehu, is still hibernating in its den and will probably wake up in mid March.

Brown bears are not full hibernators and can be woken easily, but they do like to den in a protected spot during the winter months.

They eat all summer to gain weight for the bitter cold season and tend to start their winter kip in October.
 
SOURCE: The Sun
 
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