It’s unusual to see a brown bear and a grey wolf hanging out in the wild together. It’s like something that came out of a fairytale. However, Lassi Rautiainen, a Finnish photographer, saw the two animals and took pictures of them.
What Lassi saw was not something that happen one day and finished. The photographer documented the unlikely friendship over ten days back in 2013.
The photographer watched the due do almost everything together. They hunted as a team and shared their victories. In between feasting, Lassi was able to see them playing together.
The photographer was shocked when he saw the two meet up every night before hunting.
This unlikely pair were unstoppable together. They hunted many delicious deer and shared the meat.
Lassi made a statement in the Daily Mail in 2013 that “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.”
The two animals are isolated hunters in the wilderness. However, somehow, they ended up working together to find their next pray.
Lassi continued “No-one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends. 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.”
Scientific research has not been done in these kind of unlikely friendships that develop in the wilderness. Even though there are some cases documented of odd animal friendships in captivity, this behavior is very rare to be seen in the wild.
Lassi concludes “It seems to me that they feel safe being together.”
The bear and the wolf were not just eating and hunting together, but were also seen playing.
These best friends were seen meeting up around dinner time every day before going hunting. They would start their meeting from 8 pm and were found to be together at 4 am. They would stay together and enjoy each other’s company.
Lassi Rautiainen is 56-year-old and he took these incredible photos in the wilderness of northern Finland.
Lassi added that “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. It’s very unusual to see a bear and a wolf getting on like this. It is nice to share rare events in the wild that you would never expect to see.”
Wolves can be sometimes seen eating bears when their food supplies are low and that makes this story even more interesting and unusual. Even though there are no published studies on this matter, there are some documented examples where a place that is overcrowded in wolf population can turn on the bears when their supply of deer is lowered.
Bernie Barringer, a hunter, was surprised when he saw a bear run off in fear when it approached wolves in Ontario.
Barringer wrote on grandviewoutdoors.com “I have seen wolf scat full of bear fur on several occasions. But in speaking with biologists, none could verify how common it is for wolves to kill and eat bears.”
However, you probably won’t catch these two fighting with one another. When you see the pictures, you can see that the two are co-dependent and have a great affection for each other.