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Finnish Photographer Captures And Documents The Unusual Friendship Between A Bear And A Wolf

A Finnish photographer, Lassi Rautiainen, expertly captures the extraordinary and beautiful friendship shared by a female grey wolf and a male brown bear.

It's unusual to see a wolf and a bear in companionship, but these two animals seem to have a perfectly symbiotic connection.

finnish photographer captures and documents the unusual friendship between a bear and a wolf

Lassi captured these heart-warming pictures of an unusual partnership in northern Finland's wilderness and documented them for 10 days. The animals were seen walking everywhere and hunting together.

finnish photographer captures and documents the unusual friendship between a bear and a wolf

Speaking to Daily Mail, the photographer said:

"When I realized that no one had observed bears and wolves living near each other and becoming friends in Europe, I concentrated more and more on getting pictures to show what can happen in nature."

finnish photographer captures and documents the unusual friendship between a bear and a wolf

"Then I came across these two and knew that it made the perfect story."

"No one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends. But I think that perhaps they were both alone when they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone. It seems to me that they feel safe being together."

finnish photographer captures and documents the unusual friendship between a bear and a wolf

In the course of 10 days, the affectionate duo was seen meeting up every night and spending valuable time together. They'd even share meals and bring each other fresh prey.

The pair were also captured playing together.

finnish photographer captures and documents the unusual friendship between a bear and a wolf

Even in the wild, animals can work in harmony and as a team to accomplish something meaningful. Lassi admits that "It is nice to share rare events in the wild that you would never expect to see."

Lassi added:

"It's very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this. From what I could find, it's actually the first time, at least in Europe, where such a friendship was developed."

finnish photographer captures and documents the unusual friendship between a bear and a wolf

His guess is also as good as any other because there are no scientific studies on the friendship between bears and wolves. And it is hard to find such cases, especially in the wilderness.

While animal experts are baffled by this unusual friendship, the duo seems to be enjoying each other's company. The pair comes from two animal species that scare everything they meet.

finnish photographer captures and documents the unusual friendship between a bear and a wolf

However, this male bear and female wolf clearly see each other as close friends, focusing on the softer side and eating meals together.

finnish photographer captures and documents the unusual friendship between a bear and a wolf

These rear pictures depict the wolf and bear sharing leisure, and the companion is like something straight from a Disney movie.

Nature never ceases to amaze us.