There’s a new contender for cutest photo series on the internet. One photographer has spent five years sharing the incredible images she documented of a flourishing friendship between Ingo, a German shepherd dog, and Poldi, an owl.
The unlikely pair make for fascinating photo subjects. It turns out that when hatching, Poldi almost didn’t make it out of his shell, with Ingo taking on the responsibility of protecting him.
Based in Germany, Tanja Brandt is the nature photographer behind the amazing series. Clearly, she also has a great bond with the animals, given how comfortably they appear to pose for her. Speaking to PetaPixel, Brandt sadly revealed that Poldi passed away six months ago:
We made an emergency operation, but couldn’t rescue him. It was a shock for Ingo and me. Afterwards, we got Ronja, a young female little owl, and she is so cheeky and so similar to Poldi. Poldi’s wife, Finchen, got a new man (Martin)… she didn’t eat after Poldi died. So, Ingo and Finchen are a bit happy again. We will never forget our little Poldi. But I think Poldi sent Ronja to us. Ronja loved Ingo from the very first moment.
It’s safe to say Ingo and Poldi’s years together were greatly documented, and the bond captured forever. See for yourself below.
All images by Tanja Brandt and used with permission.