He ended up lying flat on his stomach to avoid breaking through the ice
The polar bear was photographed in the Beaufort Sea, north of Alaska
This is the hilarious moment a polar bear lies flat on the thin ice beneath him in desperateattempt to prevent it breaking under his weight.
Trying his best to avoid a freezing cold plunge, the bear widened his stance and lowered hisbody weight in an attempt not to fall through.
The photographs were taken in the Beaufort Sea, west of Canada's Arctic islands, by keenphotographer Gary Morgan.
The polar bear takes a few tentative steps on the thin ice as he tries to assess if it will holdhis weight
Despite not initially falling through the thin ice, he starts the spread his weight to try andminimise the risk
Peering down as he walks with trepidation across the ice, it's believed he was out lookingfor seals
At one point, he was so concerned about breaking through the ice that he was almost lyingon his belly
The polar bear manages to get a firm grip on the ice sheets, in the Beaufort Sea, north ofAlaska
But only moments later, one of his back paws slides across the ice during the nervy foodexpedition