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.
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.
Unusual wild animal friendship – Bear and Wolf in Finland Wild animals obey strict rules of the animal kingdom, as it helps them survive in the environment full of potential threats. It is more common to see the same species looking after each other’s back, and spotting friendly interspecies relationships in the wild is not common.
But Lassi Rautiainen was lucky enough to spot such an unlikely pair. Source: YouTube/DataCube
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