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Fairy-tale animal scenes

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These brave models show no fear as they pose with bears, tigers and wolves in scenes straight from the pages of a fairy tale.

The enchanting snaps show the models cuddling up to the deadly animals and even taking naps with the often unpredictable creatures. In true storybook style, the images were taken deep in a forest just outside Moscow and were shot by photographer, Olga Barantseva.

The bear, Stepan, is a 700-pound grizzly bear adopted by a Russian couple when he was just 3 months old. He is so tame that he watches television with his adoptive parents and often poses for Barantseva during photo shoots. (Caters News)

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These brave models show no fear as they pose with bears, tigers and wolves in scenes straight from the pages of a fairy tale. (Photo: Olga Barantseva/Caters News)


The enchanting snaps show the models cuddling up to the deadly animals. (Photo: Olga Barantseva/Caters News)


Models even take naps with the often unpredictable creatures. (Photo: Olga Barantseva/Caters News)


In true storybook style, the images were taken deep in a snow-covered forest. (Photo: Olga Barantseva/Caters News)


The photos were taken just outside Moscow… (Photo: Olga Barantseva/Caters News)


…and were shot by photographer, Olga Barantseva. (Photo: Olga Barantseva/Caters News)


Stepan, a 700-pound grizzly bear, was adopted by a Russian couple when he was just 3 months old. (Photo: Olga Barantseva/Caters News)


Stepan is so tame that he watches television with his adoptive parents and often poses for Olga during photo shoots. (Photo: Olga Barantseva/Caters News)


Olga said: “I’ve always had this idea of photographing people together with the animals, and a couple years ago I saw a TV show about Stepan.” (Photo: Olga Barantseva/Caters News)


“I contacted his owners, Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko, who adopted the bear — he was just 3 months old — and did my first photo shoot with him.” (Photo: Olga Barantseva/Caters News)


“This time I decided that shooting with other animals might be interesting.” (Photo: Olga Barantseva/Caters News)


“So I started searching for other animals online to picture such as wolves and foxes.” (Photo: Olga Barantseva/Caters News)


“I am trying to shoot scenes from popular Russian fairy tales as most of them have animals as their main characters.” (Photo: Olga Barantseva/Caters News)