Polar bear waws at camera before taking a closer look in Alaska

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N-ice and easy does it: Chilled out polar bear waves at the camera before going in for a closer look at Alaskan nature reserve
The young female bear was snapped ‘waving’ at the camera before swimming over for a closer look
French wildlife photographer Philippe Ricordel took the pictures at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska
It is the largest wildlife refuge in the United States and is also home to grizzlies, black bears, wolves and lynx, among other animals

A chilled-out polar bear has been photographed lazing in the snow at an Alaskan wildlife reserve.

The young female appears to be waving in one snap, while another shows her curiously inspecting the camera.

The photos were taken by French wildlife photographer Philippe Ricordel at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

A chilled-out polar bear has been photographed lazing in the snow at an Alaskan wildlife reserve and even appears to be waving at the camera

The young female appeared happy to pose for visitors and even swamp up to get a closer look at the camera at one point

The photos were taken by French wildlife photographer Philippe Ricordel at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska

While the bear was having a sniff of his camera, Ricordel was just two metres away, holding a pole with the camera at the end.

The 59-year-old said that not all polar bears would have been so gentle, saying: ‘You have to choose carefully which bear you perform this with’.

‘These photos were taken from a boat, and when the bear swam up to us I used a camera on the end of a pole to get the close-ups.

‘This young female was curious and peaceful – but I wouldn’t recommend trying the same thing with a large male.’

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