Animals

Can’t BEAR to play gooseberry? This giant fuzzy animal clearly doesn’t mind being the third wheel as he joins a couple on a romantic date in the woods.

Pic by Olga Barantseva/Caters News

As these extraordinary pictures show, loved-up couple, Osten, 35 and his girlfiend Anna, 22 weren’t at all fazed by the huge grizzly bear who joined them on a date in a secluded forest near Moscow.

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In fact the pair, who calmly relaxed on a hammock and sang songs with the bear  – with Osten strumming the guitar – were even happy for Russian photographer, Olga Barantseva, to capture the strange moment on camera.

Pic by Olga Barantseva/Caters News

The bizarre date was set up by Osten from Auckland, New Zealand after he saw Stepan, the friendly bear, in the news.

Pic by Olga Barantseva/Caters News

Stepan is used to humans after being raised by a Russian family from birth.

Pic by Olga Barantseva/Caters News

Snapper Olga said: “Both were happy that everything went smoothly, it was a dream come true.

“Both were overwhelmed with emotion.

Pic by Olga Barantseva/Caters News

“Stepan has been raised with a family since his childhood.

Pic by Olga Barantseva/Caters News

“He is tender like a big dog but a bear is still a fierce predator so a trainer is always nearby.”