Photo Credit: Lassi Rautiainen/Facebook Wild Finland
Both bear and wolf were born to be isolated hunters. Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen was lucky to capture a rare experience in which a female grey wolf and male brown bear were seen together every night for ten consecutive days. The 56-year-old said they spent the hours of 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. side-by-side, even sharing food with each other.
Rautiainen told the Daily Mall, “It’s very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this.”
“No one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends,” he 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.”
Each evening after a hard-day’s hunting this pair of unlikely friends could be seen sharing a “romantic” deer carcass meal together as the sun set over their wilderness home.
Photo Credit: Lassi Rautiainen via Daily Mail/HotSpot Media
“It seems to me that they feel safe being together, and so every evening met up for their dinner,” Rautiainen added. “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.
“Then I came across these two and knew that it made the perfect story.”