Many people consider unexpected animal friendships to be among the most beautiful aspects of the natural world. It’s always gratifying to see two different species overcome obstacles of body language and instinct. When you add in the severe conditions of a Russian winter, you have something spectacular on your hands.
Nobody knows this better than Svetlana Pisareva. Svetlana is an accomplished wildlife photographer who has captured several images of animals in their natural surroundings. Images of an Alaskan Malamute and a gray horse enjoying one other’s company while playing in the snow in Saint Petersburg are among her best.
It’s unclear whether or not both creatures are wild. Stray dogs are widespread in Russian cities, with some even taking the metro, however Alaskan Malamutes are also allowed to wander freely.
After all, the Siberian Husky is another name for this breed. In any case, it’s understandable that this canine extended a kind hand to its horse companion.
They, like other dogs, can become violent if they are not properly exercised. They do, however, have a prey drive. It’s possible that a smaller animal, rather than being befriended, was automatically pursued. However, because of their kind and loving temperament, Alaskan Malamutes are frequently adopted by rehabilitation programs and treatment facilities.
Perhaps the animals were drawn together by their similar temperaments. Take a peek at Svetlana’s photographs.
Allowing the husky to jump atop the horse’s back is totally acceptable to the animal. Given the amount of teeth in the canine mouth and the proximity of such location to the horse’s neck, this necessitates a high level of trust.
But, perhaps most importantly, these animals had a high degree of energy and a desire to exercise. Most dogs would struggle to keep up with a horse and would surely not have the stamina to spend an entire day with them. The Alaskan Malamute, on the other hand, is a working dog. When opposed to hauling sleds, running and galloping about the snow is child’s play.