THESE 12-week-old polar bear cubs ventured out of their den for the first time before taking a nap with mum.

Wildlife photographer Brian Matthews, 41, from Hartlepool, Co Durham, captured the scene in a wildlife park in Canada.

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An adorable family of polar bears were pictured sleeping together in the snowCredit: SWNS:South West News Service They were seen stomping around in -40 degree surroundings

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They were seen stomping around in -40 degree surroundingsCredit: SWNS:South West News Service The sweet family photos were captured by award-winning British wildlife photographer Brian Matthews

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The sweet family photos were captured by award-winning British wildlife photographer Brian MatthewsCredit: SWNS:South West News Service The photographer described the cubs as about the size of a West Highland Terrier

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The photographer described the cubs as about the size of a West Highland TerrierCredit: SWNS:South West News Service The cubs had been in their den for almost four months before making their way into the outside world

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The cubs had been in their den for almost four months before making their way into the outside worldCredit: SWNS:South West News Service The bears were spotted in Wapusk National Park in Manitoba, Canada earlier this week

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The bears were spotted in Wapusk National Park in Manitoba, Canada earlier this weekCredit: SWNS:South West News Service Photographer Brian says he wasn't worried about being in such close proximity to them

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Photographer Brian says he wasn’t worried about being in such close proximity to themCredit: SWNS:South West News ServicePlayful polar bear cubs captured venturing out of their den for the first time – The Sun 1

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