If you go down to the woods today…Incredible photos of a real life teddy bear’s picnic – where brown bear enjoys snacks alongside little girl
If you go down to the woods today, you’ll never believe your eyes – as a brown bear appears to tuck in to a picnic alongside a little girl and her mother.
The stunning shots were taken in Moscow, Russia – and yes, it IS a real bear in the pictures.
The tame bear, called Stepan – who has been raised by a Russian couple in their home since he was abandoned at birth – was being photographed with a model, known only as Irina, by Olga Barantseva.
But Olga claims that the bear was so gentle, that Irina – who had initially been nervous about taking part in the shoot – asked if her daughter, Katya, could be involved in the photographs too.
Stepan has even been raised as a vegetarian, so Olga claims he’s never inclined to take a bite out of his picnic pals for his own lunch.
Olga said: “This bear is so tender with the models that the fright disappear very fast… And even a small girl after a short time of hesitation was happy to pose together with the hug bear:
“Stepan doesn’t know the taste of meat – he loves mozzarella and cookies. He is in constant communication with people and knows what kindness and care are.
“Irina was a bit nervous but that soon disappeared when she met Stepan, and she even asked if her daughter could join in.
“The shoot took about 30 minutes altogether. The bear is tender and sweet but he is a big animal and gets tired very easily.
“The bear is a real and professional actor and he got used to the work like this.”