Interspecies Friendship: Deer and Rabbit

by J.D. Roth on 08 January 2007 · 19 comments

in Interspecies,Photographs

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]

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda 01 January 2007 (08) at 08:31

You find the *best* animal stuff.


Lynn 01 January 2007 (12) at 12:05

Bambi and Thumper!!


Jan 01 January 2007 (05) at 05:29

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.


erica 06 June 2007 (20) at 20:44

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


Laurel 12 December 2007 (17) at 17:53

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


shelley 01 January 2008 (14) at 14:36

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


Lucy 02 February 2008 (00) at 00:51

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


Liz McGowin 03 March 2008 (17) at 17:55

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


Alicia 03 March 2008 (12) at 12:23

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


Chrissy 04 April 2008 (14) at 14:09

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


sway 09 September 2008 (07) at 07:57

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!


Lisa 11 November 2008 (08) at 08:32

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


Emily 11 November 2008 (09) at 09:08

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.


Rachel 12 December 2008 (16) at 16:27

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


Debbie Lugar 01 January 2009 (11) at 11:03

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?


K 01 January 2009 (09) at 09:50

Luv the Bunny wiv its tounge out

Just like meeeeeeeeee!!!


Sarah 01 January 2009 (10) at 10:17


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.


Kathie Placer 04 April 2009 (06) at 06:47

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


Jane Murphy 10 October 2010 (08) at 08:57

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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