Sleeping with the fishes: Alaskan bear nods off in river after catching salmon [DailyMail 2011-07-15]
It can really take it out of you diving around in the water for salmon all day.
This brown coastal bear, known as Yolanda, was so exhausted after her fishing expedition that she decided to take a little nap before eating her catch. A bear necessity, perhaps?
The picture was captured by wildlife photographer Rick Sheremeta at McNeil River Falls, on the Alaskan Peninsula.
He said: ‘Yolanda’s an excellent fisherwoman. I guess all the frantic activity got the best of her. She wandered into a calm pool, sat down, cradled her catch and nodded off.
'She would snare a large fish and walk it into the shallows where she would sit and consume it at her leisure. '
Unfortunately, her nap was short lived. Her slumber pad also happened to be an active route for other bears travelling to and from the river.
Rick added: 'She did this time and time again but we never saw her leave the water to take a nap break like all the other bears routinely did.
'I guess all this frantic activity finally got the best of her. She finally wandered into the calm pool just as she had done numerous times before, sat down, cradled her catch under her arm and promptly nodded off.
'Unfortunately, her nap was fairly short lived since her little slumber pad also happened to be an active byway for other bears travelling to and from the River.
'After a few moments of blissful slumber she was rudely awakened by other some other denizen splashing through the water.
'Even though the scene was short-lived, it was a once in a million moment that I was lucky enough to document and capture with my camera.'