MEET Sulo Karjalainen - known to many in his native Finland as the "bearman".?The 73-year-old runs?Kuusamo Large Carnivore Centre with his brother Jalo, which?has been?home to more than 20 orphaned brown bears.?After working on a research project?studying Finnish carnivores, Sulo was asked if he would mind taking in some cubs.?And 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 due to his incredible relationship with the predators -?even starring in his own TV documentary.?At present Sulo looks after six bears - and has no plans to retire any time soon.?
Videographer / Director: Pasi Jantti
Producer: Tom Midlane
Editor: Ian Phillips
1st June 2014