These photos are from a professional animal photographer and collage artist in Germany, Tanja Brandt. And it is about, as the title suggests, a tender animal friendship between a cute owl and a dog.
Yes, some of you may find this somewhat hard to believe, but nevertheless, unusual animal friends from different species are not that uncommon in the animal world.
Poldi, the cute owl and Ingo, the Malinois shepherd look cozy and comfy with each other for the photoshoot.
According to the photographer Tanja, Poldi doesn’t know how to live independently. Therefore, Ingo always keeps Poldi close by and offers his love and protection.
“I go outside with them together — Poldi in my hand, Ingo is free-running,” she said. “Not so with Poldi (Referring to the owl flying free). It’s too dangerous. Every cat would kill him; he doesn’t know how to live free. Sometimes, Ingo will go for a walk with Poldi hitching a ride on his back.”
“Other times, the duo will simply snuggle up together, with the petite Poldi finding a warm spot to nestle, like under Ingo’s chin, or behind his paw. Occasionally, if Ingo is fetching something, Poldi will take the opportunity to land and grab a new and different vantage point.”
Poldi had 6 more siblings and he was the smallest hatchling of 7. He is lucky to be alive since he almost didn’t make it out of his shell. He hatched two days later than his siblings.
Poldi was more vulnerable than others, therefore he needed more attention and care than them.
That is when Ingo comes in. The Belgian Shepherd comes from a family of police dogs. He sure had his tough moments in life.
“Ingo, somehow sensing that Poldi was vulnerable, decided to assign himself the role of protector and best friend,” and the rest is photo history. Poldi does have a special lady now, and Ingo is a dog with a busy interspecies social calendar, so these best buds sometimes find they have other responsibilities.”
“Still, whenever they can, they come back to one another, and enjoy just hanging — two unexpected friends who totally adore each other.”
Ingo does not just keep look out for Poldi, he also is protector to Poldi’s other siblings. He is cuddling up to ‘Gandalf’ to keep him warm.
And be sure to visit Brandt’s site if you like these photos. The photographer creates animal photos and collages professionally; she seems to have a lot of cooperative models to work with!
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