Fishermen rescued two drowning wild brown bear cubs in a Russian lake. In a video shot by one of the fishermen, the wild animals had lost their mother crossing the lake after she overestimated their swimming abilities. The cubs were literally sinking and would have perished without the quick-thinking intervention of the Russians. The eyes and expressions of one of the bears showed utter fear and desperation, instinctively knowing only the fishermen could save them. The men picked up the brown bear cubs and towed them to the island to which their mother swam.