Tanja Brandt is a German photographer who has given her whole life to photographing wildlife and animals.

recently Brandt took on a slightly different project, she took pictures of a much more unlikely pair of pals. Ingo, the Belgian shepherd, and Poldi (which is short for Napoleon) the one-year-old owl who have formed quite the friendship.

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Brandt describes to Inspiremore “the relationship between Ingo and Poldi as somewhat of a ‘protector-protected’ relationship. Ingo is a guardian for Poldi, whom Brandt says “doesn’t know how to live free.”

1. Poldi didn’t hatch until two days after his six brothers and sisters.

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2. He has always been very vulnerable due to his size.

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3. Ingo, on the other hand, comes from a family of strong and oftentimes ruthless police dogs.

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4. Ingo is very protective over the year-old owlet.

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5. Their bond is as strong off-camera as it appears in Tanja’s photographs.

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6. “They respect each other and they can read each other.”

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7. Even though Ingo is much bigger and stronger, it’s clear he would never hurt his friend.

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8. Their friendship is definitely mutual.

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9. They love and care for one another.

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