Tanja Brandt is a German photographer who has dedicated her whole life to photographing wildlife and animals.
Recently Brandt took on a slightly different project; she took pictures of a very unlikely pair of pals. Ingo, the Belgian shepherd, and Poldi (which is short for Napoleon) the one-year-old owl, and they have formed quite the friendship.
Brandt described to Inspire more “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.”
Poldi didn’t hatch until two days after his six brothers and sisters.
He has always been very vulnerable due to his size.
Ingo, on the other hand, comes from a family of strong and oftentimes ruthless police dogs.
Ingo is very protective over the year-old owlet.
Their bond is as strong off-camera as it appears in Tanja’s photographs.
“They respect each other and they can read each other.”
Even though Ingo is much bigger and stronger, it’s clear he would never hurt his friend.
Their friendship is definitely mutual.
They love and care for one another.
And get up to all sorts of mischief.
And they have even accepted other feathered friends into their friendship circle.
But there is only one friendship quite like Ingo and Poldi’s.