Interspecies Friendship: Deer and Rabbit

Interspecies friendships are awesome. Here are some photographs from Tanja Askani of a deer and a rabbit who are apparently pals.

[photo of a deer and bunny together]

[photo of a deer and bunny together]

[photo of a deer and bunny together]

[photo of a deer and bunny together]

[photo of a deer and bunny together]

[photo of a deer and bunny together]

[photo of a deer and bunny together]

Askani is a photographer and animal scientist. She has a book entitled Kinship with the Wolf: The Amazing Story of the Woman Who Lives with Wolves. From the Amazon page:

Czech author and animal scientist Askani lives with her husband at a game park in Germany. Originally, they had established the falconry at the park, bred raptors, and presented bird shows with their birds of prey. When her husband brought her an orphaned three-day-old wolf pup, Askani’s entry into lupine life began. Flocke (“snowflake”) was weak, requiring the intensive care of both Askani and her dog, yet eventually thrived. The bond between Askani and Flocke survived the wolf’s return to the game park and her pairing with another hand-reared wolf. Their daily interactions, including walking around the game park on leashes, gave Askani great insight into the world of the wolf.

Having a wolf pack (a third, younger male was added later) that totally trusted the humans among them — and, in fact, treated them like auxiliary wolves — meant that intimate observations of wolf behavior were possible. Although the writing and the translation are a bit choppy, the charming, diary-like writing style and the plethora of color close-ups of the wolves will enchant wolf lovers.

I’ve added it to my must-read list. See more of Asksani’s amazing wildlife photography here. Oh, okay. Two more images (because they’re cute):

[photo of a bunny with its paws in the air]

[photo of a bunny its tongue out]

[found via Boing Boing]


  1. Amanda said,

    January 11, 2007 @ 8:31 am

    You find the *best* animal stuff.

  2. Lynn said,

    January 11, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    Bambi and Thumper!!

  3. Jan said,

    January 22, 2007 @ 5:29 am

    The last photo SUPER CUTENESS!

    But I love all the photos. The bunny and the deer look lovely together, and the baby bunny or squirrel is sooo cute.

  4. erica said,

    June 16, 2007 @ 8:44 pm

    your pics r so cute with the bunney and the deer i love them

  5. Laurel said,

    December 29, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

    Can these photographs be purchased from the author? I would love to have one of them framed?

  6. shelley said,

    January 19, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

    WONDERFUL photos. browsing through google images, and saw how cute they were. amazing, and impossible!! C:

  7. Lucy said,

    February 10, 2008 @ 12:51 am

    The bunnies tongue is so cute! lol I want a bunny now!!

  8. Liz McGowin said,

    March 10, 2008 @ 5:55 pm

    I’d like to purchase a print of the deer and rabbit photo. Can you tell me how to do this? Thanks.

  9. Alicia said,

    March 13, 2008 @ 12:23 pm

    Love the background information and story, adore the photographs and was nice to know the people behind them

  10. Chrissy said,

    April 15, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

    Is it possible to order the prints of the deer and rabbit? I would love them for my baby’s room.

  11. sway said,

    September 21, 2008 @ 7:57 am

    I wish I could see something like that when i’m out in the woods hunting… That would be a perfect kill, a rabbit and a deer!

  12. Lisa said,

    November 10, 2008 @ 8:32 am

    Sway, you’re not much of a hunter if you’d shoot a deer that small. The photographs are beautiful.

  13. Emily said,

    November 20, 2008 @ 9:08 am

    On a difficult day, I like to look at these photos. It reminds me that there is purity in the world and life IS good. The photos fill me with peace.

  14. Rachel said,

    December 9, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

    Wow, those are amazing pictures. <3 You’re good!

  15. Debbie Lugar said,

    January 7, 2009 @ 11:03 am

    I’d love to copy and paste one of those baby rabbit pictures for a rose gardening display. How/who do I contact for permission?

  16. K said,

    January 22, 2009 @ 9:50 am

    Luv the Bunny wiv its tounge out

    Just like meeeeeeeeee!!!

  17. Sarah said,

    January 30, 2009 @ 10:17 am


    I would like to use one of the deer/rabbit images on one of our training datacards. Please advise how I can get hold of an image and get the photographers permission to use it.

  18. Kathie Placer said,

    April 10, 2009 @ 6:47 am

    I just love all of the pictures of the deer and the bunny. Excellent !!!!!!

  19. Jane Murphy said,

    October 16, 2010 @ 8:57 am

    Your pictures are amazing. I love taking pictures of wildlife myself. Do you sell your pictures? If so please let me know how to order.

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