By Dan Howlett @DanHowlett85

THESE adorable and rare images show a polar bear cub exploring the outside world for the first time

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Videographer / Director: Andre Gilden
Producer: Dan Howlett, Chloe Browne
Editor: Sonia Estal

Shaking off: The mother bear appears from her den for the first time

After spending three months with its mother - in a den that she had dug out of the snow - the cub is now getting ready to learn to hunt.

Keen photographers Andre and Anita Gilden, both 54, waited for five days outside the den in temperatures dropping to minus 40 degrees Celsius to catch the beautiful moment in Manitoba, Canada.

Look out: She checked the area for predators before allowing her cub up

The cute cub clearly has a lot to learn about surviving in the wild but his mother was on hand throughout to teach him.

Coming out: This is the first time the cub has ventured from its den

Andre, 54, said: “When we arrived there were no paw prints around the den so we knew we would be catching the mother coming out with her cub for the first time.

“It was incredible – the little one still has a long way to go but his mother will be keeping a close eye on him.

Time for food: They will stay around the den for 12 days before going to hunt

“When we found the den only breath was coming out and there were no tracks around it.

“With the wind chill it felt like it was minus 80 degrees – it was so cold that our nose and eyelids froze to the back of the camera while we were filming.”

Cold conditions: The photographer waited for five days in blisteringly low temperatures to get the shots

The bears stay near their dens for around 12 days before trekking to the sea ice to hunt.

Endangered species: Polar bear sightings are becoming increasingly rare

The cub, which already weighed around 10-15kg, needed to acclimatise to the paw-numbing cold, build its strength and get used to walking on the snow.

Keep close: The mother will take care of the cub until it is old enough to fend for itself

The photos were taken in 2014 but Andre is releasing them now to encourage people to back polar bear conversation efforts.

Unsteady: The cub will need to get used to walking on snow

Andre added: "It used to be common to see mothers with three cubs but their numbers are declining.

"We wanted to release these pictures to show how beautiful the bears can be and hopefully inspire people to help protect these amazing creatures."