A Photographer Captured An Amazing Friendship Between A Wolf and Bear

In 2013, Lassi Rautiainen, a Finnish photographer, immortalized the two strange companions – a male brown bear and a female grey wolf. For ten days, Rautiainen snapped photos of the two going everywhere together, even going as far as hunting together and sharing their kills.

Source: Lassi Rautiainen

This “odd couple” stayed together for at least 10 days

A male brown bear and female grey wolf were photographed together for 10 days hanging out, sharing food, and even playing.  

Lassi Rautiainen, a Finnish photographer who caught this on film, told the Daily Mail in 2013, “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,” Rautianen said. “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.”

Rautiainen’s guess is as good as anyone else’s. Science knows very little about it, and similar cases are sporadic in the wild.  

Image Credits: Lassi Rautiainen

Two met every day after a hard day of hunting. Source: Lassi Rautiainen
The even played with each other. Source: Lassi Rautiainen
One can only hope to have a best friend like this. Source: Lassi Rautiainen
These amazing pictures were shot by Lassi Rautianen, 63, who is a Finnish nature photographer. Source: Lassi Rautiainen
Generally, both tend to be isolated hunters that avoid each other at all costs. However, this female wolf and male bear show their softer side when sharing dinner. Source: Lassi Rautiainen
Every night they ate without a care in the world. After dinner, they’d relax together, enjoying the beautiful landscape for hours at a time. Source: Lassi Rautiainen
I’m surprised Disney hasn’t made a movie out of this. Source: Lassi Rautiainen
Scientists don’t understand the relationship, but who cares? They love eachother’s company. Source: Lassi Rautiainen
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