|The beasts both stood upright and had a brief exchange|
This is the moment a playful tussle between two polar bears almost flared into a dramatic fight.
But after the brief set-to the pair both decided to back down and make friends.
They then seemed keen to make love not war as they exchanged affectionate strokes of eachothers' faces.
|The warring bears quickly parted|
The stunning images were captured by South African snapper Andrew Schoeman, 42, who was leading a photography tour across the Arctic Plains of Svalbard.
He said: “To see the bears interact was a great experience and although it was brief it's always amazing to see the interaction of big predators.
|The row was settled with an affectionate exchange|
“The bears were both young and they have recently left their mom, they briefly interacted with each other in a playful manner.
“After this short encounter each bear went their separate ways and there was no more interaction.”