Bear and wolf strike up unlikely partnership as photographer captures both animals sharing a meal on several nights.
The bear and the wolf
Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen was able to capture the unlikely “friendship” of a female grey wolf and male brown bear, documenting the unusual pair over the course of ten days in 2013. The duo went everywhere together, hunting as a team and sharing their spoils.
Each evening after a hard-day’s hunting this pair of unlikely friends could be seen sharing a convivial deer carcass meal together as the sun set over their wilderness home. Source: Lassi-Rautiainen
The unlikely pair hung out together for at least 10 days
A female gray wolf and a male brown bear were spotted every day for ten consecutive days, hanging out together, playing and even sharing food.
“It’s very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this” Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen, now 62, told the Daily Mail in 2013 when he took these surprising photos. “From what I could find, it’s actually the first time, at least in Europe, where such a friendship was developed.”
“No-one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends,” Lassi continued. “I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone…It is nice to share rare events in the wild that you would never expect to see.”
Lassi’s guess is as good as any, as there are no scientific studies on the matter, and these cases are extremely rare – especially in the wild.
“It seems to me that they feel safe being together,” Lassi adds.
All image credits: Lassi Rautiainen
Both are meant to be isolated hunters that strike fear into everything they meet. However, this male bear and female wolf clearly see the softer side in one another and eat dinner together. Source: Lassi-Rautiainen
This article was first published on BrightVibes on 14 October 2019.
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