Mother Nature has a way of continually surprising researchers and wildlife experts who think they've seen it all.
There's no shortage of unusual animal friendships that have been documented in the wild, but Finnish photographer Lassi Rautiainen has managed to capture a special relationship that very few people have ever seen.
Rautiainen had read there were very few recorded examples of wolves and bears interacting with each other, so he went looking for photos in regions where both these animals can be found. What he stumbled onto was as rare as it is beautiful.
A young female grey wolf and a male brown bear could be seen traveling together and sharing meals every night. Rautiainen returned for 10 days straight, and always spotted the same pair sharing each other's company.
So if cases like this are so rare, what does Rautiainen think brought them together?
The photographer can only guess why these two predators became such good friends, but claims they could be looking out for each other.
“I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone," he told the Daily Mail, but added that "no one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends."
While he insists this is a "very unusual" relationship, the two animals seemed happy to share food with each other. Later, another group of bear cubs stopped by, and also welcomed the wolf.
"It is nice to share rare events in the wild that you would never expect to see,” the photographer said. While it's unlikely, we'd love to see more pictures of these two. Their friendship would make for a great Disney movie or a cartoon.
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[H/T: Daily Mail]