These Crazy Photos Were Taken In The Woods With A Real Bear

Part Of The Family

Part Of The Family

What's hairy, 7-foot tall and happy to pose for family photos?

That would be this beast!

This is Stepan the bear and he's back, just chillin' in the woods with this family as if he's a (huge-ass) pet...

Sharing Is Bearing

Sharing Is Bearing

These photos have a message, folks.

They're part of an anti-hunting series by Russian photographer, Olga Brantseva.

If it looks as though man and beast are hanging out and sharing the planet with each other, that's precisely the idea.

Perceived Danger

Perceived Danger

The series is designed to show humans and animals co-existing, with an aim (as ambitious as it may sound - but it's a start) to put an end to hunting for the sake of it.

It also aims to make people aware that bears aren't actually out for human blood. Many say that bears are not the danger to humans they are often seen to be.

We've Seen This Guy Before

We've Seen This Guy Before

This particular guy isn't dangerous, we know that.

In fact, we've seen Stepan before, with Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko, who adopted him as a cub...

The Future With Bears

The Future With Bears

After being abandoned when he was a tiny cub, Stepan was adopted by the Panteleenko family, adn has now been a member of the family for well over 20 years.

While not all bears are able to interact with humans in the same way as Stepan, it does show that the ability to co-exist with these creatures and dispel the myths surrounding danger may be possible.