73-year-old Sulo Karjalainen is known to many in his native Finland as the “Bear Man. ” He runs the Kuusamo Large Carnivore Centre with his brother Jalo. Kuusamo is home to more than 20 orphaned brown bears.
After he completed his work on a research project studying Finnish carnivores, Sulo was asked if he would mind taking in some cubs. Over the years a deep bond has grown up between Sulo and his furry companions. The Fin, who has lived on the same farm all his life, has become a celebrity in his homeland. At present Sulo looks after six bears – and has no plans to retire any time soon.