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Tiny Orphaned Bear Stars In Cutest Photo Shoot Ever

She's raising awareness for a VERY important cause.

<p>Alex Cearns</p>

A small sun bear cub was left all alone in northern Cambodia after her mother was killed while trying to protect her.

The tiny orphaned cub was soon rescued by Free The Bears, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting bears throughout the world. She was taken to its sanctuary in Cambodia when she was just a baby and given the number "193."

The story of 193 is a fate that befalls many sun bears - the cubs are highly sought after in the illegal wildlife trade. Sun bears are often stolen from the wild and sold as pets or or trafficked for use in traditional medicine.

Alex Cearns

When she first arrived at Free The Bears, 193 was the smallest bear there, weighing just 9.9 pounds. Eventually, the littlest bear was given a name perfectly befitting her fearless and feisty spirit: Arya Stark.

After arriving at the sanctuary, Arya got to meet photographer Alex Cearns, who has been visiting different Free The Bears sanctuaries across Southeast Asia for years to document rescued bears.

Cearns fell in love with the little 4-month-old bear, and decided she would be the perfect subject for a photo shoot.

Alex Cearns

Arya absolutely loved posing for the camera ...

Alex Cearns

... showing off her smile ...

Alex Cearns

... and basically being a cub.

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Arya played a game of peekaboo with her rescuers ...

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... and even did a little goofing off, too.

Alex Cearns

Arya now gets to grow up safe and happy at the sanctuary, and will never have cause to lose her smile again.