Unexpected animal friendships are among many people’s favorite aspects of the natural world.It’s always heartwarming to see two different species overcome barriers like body language and instinct.Add in the harsh conditions of a Russian winter, and you have the makings of something truly unique.
Svetlana Pisareva understands this better than anyone else.Svetlana is an accomplished wildlife photographer who has captured countless images of animals in their natural habitat.Among her best work, however, are images of an Alaskan Malamute and a gray horse frolicking in the snow in Saint Petersburg.
It is unknown whether both animals are wild.Stray dogs are common in Russian cities, even riding the subway, though Alaskan Malamutes also roam freely in the country.After all, the Siberian Husky is another name for this breed.In any case, it’s not surprising that this dog extended a friendly hand (or should that be paw?) to its equine companion.Despite their size and resemblance to wild wolves, Alaskan Malamutes are well-known for their friendliness.
They, like all dogs, can become aggressive if not exercised.They, too, have a prey drive.A smaller animal, such as a dog, may have been chased rather than befriended.However, because of their gentle and loving nature, Alaskan Malamutes are frequently adopted by rehabilitation programs and therapy centers.
Perhaps the animals were drawn together because of their similar temperaments.View some of Svetlana’s photographs.The horse is perfectly content to let the husky ride on its back.Given the number of teeth in the canine mouth and the close proximity to the horse’s neck, this requires a high level of trust.
However, these animals most likely shared an energy level and a desire to exercise.Most dogs would struggle to keep up with a horse and would certainly lack the endurance to spend an entire day with them.The Alaskan Malamute, on the other hand, is bred to work.When compared to pulling sleds, running and galloping through the snow is child’s play.
We have a simple request for our readers here at The Sized.The day our hearts stop melting when we see images like this – or cross-species friendships – reminds us to give up on this whole life thing.Perhaps we could all learn something from the animal kingdom, where two wildly different species can overcome their superficial differences and form an unbreakable bond.