By Sergey Bezberdy
This gymnast pulled some un-BEAR-lievable poses in a recent photoshoot.
Austrian acrobat Stefanie Millinger showed off her flexibility, pulling all sorts of poses next to large brown bear Stepan.
Intrigued by Stefanie’s tricks and enamoured by her offering of berries, Stepan played along to produce some truly remarkable images.
The pictures were taken by photographer Olga Barantseva, from Moscow, Russia.
She said: “We were doing a photoshoot with the Austrian gymnast Stefanie Millinger.
“She is an exceptional handstand artist, having decided to become a circus performer when she was just four years old.
“Stefanie is the gold star winner of Germany’s renown prime-time ‘Supertalent’ television show and now a filmmaker is accompanying her around the world for special photoshoots.
“Right from the beginning she was not afraid of the bear. It was as if they had known each other for years.
“Even more interestingly even the bear seemed astonished and surprised by the poses, especially those she performed on his back.
“Stefanie loved posing with the bear, and the bear seemed relaxed all the way through as well.”