Rare pictures show unlikely friendship between bear and wolf in wild Finland


The wildlife photographer Lassi Rautiainen managed to capture heart-warming pictures deep in the wildness of northern Finland. The footage reveals a very unlikely friendship between two of the most ferocious predators of the European forests.

“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.”

The 56-year-old photographer has dedicated his career exploring the wildlife of Finland. His goal is to to bring people closer to nature. With all his work including pictorials, articles and books, Lassi wants to demonstrate the beauty of nature and to make people to understand they are actually safe in the wilds.

With his beautiful work, he wants to let people experience the beauty of the “big five”, and to share his respect for these animals.

On his latest project, Lassi has striven to eradicate distorted myths and to emphasise the sheer beauty of Finland’s large carnivores.

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.








Credit: Lassi Rautiainen.