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A wedding photographer managed to photograph a furry wedding crasher when a couple decided to get married at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.

In the hilarious photo, a Russian grizzly bear appeared not to be giving his blessing during the couple's nuptials, making the photos go viral.


The groom shared one of the photos on Reddit, writing, "So we got married at the Zoo, and this bear had an interesting first look reaction."

Below is a photo from the photographer's Instagram page.


Chris and Kristy Photography captured what the groom described was a lucky encounter from the session that day.

"The pictures were the photographer's idea," he told Boredpanda.

"They said it was very fortunate to get a picture with one of the local denizens; the animals typically go in for mealtime when we're allowed to wander prior to the ceremony."
"This Russian grizzly bear was the only one kind enough give us his 'blessings'."






People commented on the bear's hilarious expressions on the Instagram post.

"He is sad and wants a partner too. Somone get him out and let him have a free life" - faraahsyeda

"Love the facial expressions. Priceless and congratulations." - zendaj

"Lol adorable, the bride and groom too." - beckyboothe75





"What are the odds?! Did the bear officiate the wedding?!" - mpvaracalli

"Is that grumpy cat in a bear costume?" - foodactuallyintheair

"What a #kodiak moment lol" - jaybabydawg






The photos were taken after the zoo's normal operating hours and was closed off to the rest of the public.

Several users expressed concern over the animals' welfare at the zoo, but the groom made sure to acknowledge the zoo's mission in providing a safe environment for the animals.

"There are some less than amicable zoos' in the world that are like prisons. But I'd like to think that our chosen venue, the MN Zoo, is not among them since it's state owned and not a Zoo for the sake of profit."
"If I'm not mistaken, they also perform many functions critical to wildlife rehabilitation and preserving species approaching extinction.

It would be ignorant to underestimate the unpredictable nature of animals, however. There was one reported scare in the zoo's history.

According to the Daily Mail, one of the grizzly bears at the same zoo shattered the glass barrier separating the animals from spectators by slamming a rock onto the surface in 2015.

Nobody was injured from the incident and it remains unclear if it was the same bear featured in the couple's wedding photos.

This isn't the first time a bear crashed a wedding.


In September 2015, Clara and Faris Ataya exchanged their vows at Simon Fraser University's Rose Garden located at the top of Burnaby Mountain in British Columbia.

The site is reputable for black bear sightings, and this particular wedding was no exception.

You can watch the wedding video below in which the bear makes a surprise cameo at the 0:12 mark.



The bear can be seen in the background in a video of the ceremony. But the animal apparently wandered over to a nearby picnic table to eat scraps of food that were left behind. The same bear can be seen again later making a return trip for seconds.

The couple remained calm and resumed with their wedding. The groom could be heard in the video saying, "There's a bear. You see these all the time in Whistler."

You don't say.

H/T - HuffingtonPost, DailyMail, Instagram, Twitter, Boredpanda

Photo by Jens Lindner on Unsplash

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