This picture of a male bear and female wolf was captured by nature photographer Lassi Rautiainen in the wilds of northern Finland.
The rare pictures were taken over 10 days and show the hunters sharing meals.
‘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,’ Lassi told the Daily Mail.
Have you have ever wondered why animals “adopt” others, including different species, like this greyhound puppy keeping a baby owl close?
National Geographic writes the odd alliances often form due to instinct—but empathy may be involved
Learn more about Award-winning Finnish wildlife photographer Lassi Rautiainen.