‘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 seems to me that they feel safe being together, and so every evening met up for their dinner.’
'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.’
'When I realised 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.
British photographer Duncan Usher got a series of pics from the 20-minute display put on by two brown bears that delighted tourists at the wildlife park in Bavaria, Germany. The pair took turns bears sliding down a slope as they puffed with enjoyment and hurtled downhill on their backsides, at times holding up their back paws to go faster. See pictures of the duo here.