One polar bear at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin was in a winter wonderland of its own on Sunday (22 November), playing in the fresh snowfall after an early season storm blanketed the US Midwest.

The bear is one of the twin three-year-olds at the zoo, Sakari and Suka, and is featured in the zoo's Arctic Passage exhibit. The bear rolled around in the fresh powder, to the delight of zoogoers.

And though it's not officially winter yet, the latest snowstorm which dumped up to 20in across parts of the region certainly gave the polar bear a taste of its natural habitat in the Arctic. A heavy autumn snowstorm hit the Midwestern US on Saturday (21 November), blanketing states from South Dakota to Wisconsin with as much as 16in of snow, slowing air travel and delaying some events for US presidential candidates.