The heart-warming pictures of this unusual partnership were captured by nature photographer Lassi Rautiainen, 56, in the wilds of northern Finland.

 'No-one can know exactly why or how the young wolf and bear became friends,' said Lassi. 'I think that perhaps they were both alone and they were young and a bit unsure of how to survive alone.

Through his work, Lassi seeks to bring people closer to nature; to demonstrate its beauty and assure people they are safe in the wilds. He wishes to bring them close to the wildlife he so much admires, to let people experience the beauty of the “big five”, and to share his respect for these animals.

During the long years he has spent defending Finland’s wolves, bears and wolverines, educating the public through his photos, articles, books, slide shows and so on, he has striven to eradicate distorted myths and to emphasise the sheer beauty of Finland’s large carnivores.

Despite encountering immense resistance and threats on personal, legal and political levels, Lassi has continued his mission on behalf of Finnish wildlife.

Thanks to this dedication there is little poaching nowadays around Wildlife Lassi Rautiainen´s photo locations and general acceptance of wildlife and wildlife tourism has dramatically spread. (Photographer website )

Responses to "Rare Pictures Show Unusual Friendship Between Wolf And Bear In Wild Finland "

  1. roofdog13 says:

    thanks for the great pictures

  2. Oh how beautiful, thank you!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Kudos to you Mr. Rautiainen for your care and concern for wildlife.

  4. Thank you for sharing this rare event.

  5. Wondermooie foto's hartelijk bedankt ervoor, groeten Walter.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing. Tears of happiness in me.

  7. pilvikki says:


  8. Omg this is something everyone should see. If they could supress their instincts long enough to realize they could be friends, why can't humans of different races and creeds do it.

  9. Astounding photography making us aware of the natural beauty around us and how we must preserve it.

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