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These Photos Of Russian Family Playing With Giant Bear Look Straight Out Of A Fairytale

Russian photographer Olga Barantseva captured these incredible shots of Russian family playing with a giant brown bear. The images look straight out of a fairytale, showing a softer side to the big predator. As part of an anti-hunting campaign, the extraordinary photos are meant to "show the natural harmony between humans and bears," according to Barantseva. The bear, named Stepan, weighs more than 1,400 pounds and stands at a height of over 7 feet, but he is completely docile and willing to pose with his human collaborators. Stepan was rescued from hunters as a cub by his owner, professional circus trainer Yury Panteleenko. The bear was raised to be people-friendly, and has played roles in over 20 Russian films.

photos of a Russian family with a bear in the forest
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Russian Photographer Creates Magical Fairytale Photos Using Real Wild Animals (19 Photos)

Russian photographer Olga Barantseva imagines a wondrous world through her fairytale photography, using real wild animals that interact with beautiful models. Watch this amazing series of photos with wolves, foxes and one creature whose big presence steals the show—a brown bear named Stepan that stands over 7 feet tall and weighs more than 1,400 pounds.

Series of fairy tale like photos using real wild life animals - cover image of woman cuddling with a grizzly bear.
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