Two scantily clad models pose with a giant brown bear – in a bizarre bid to raise awareness about the ferocious predator’s softer side.(images credit: Caters TV)
The strange scenes were pictured in a forest outside of Moscow, Russia, and have gone viral in the country.
The series of photos show two models – Maria Sidorova and Lidia Fetisova – hugging, cuddling and kissing the 650kg bear, named Stephen.
Photographer Olga Barantseva, who captured the dream-like series of snaps, said: “We wanted to show the natural harmony between humans and bears.
Organisers wanted to highlight the importance of living ‘side-by-side’ with bears and to discourage hunting – but in one picture, a model was shown wearing a fur coat.
Stephen the bear was rescued by his owner Yuriy Panteleenko, who found him close to death after being hunted.