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An Actual Live Bear Officiates Russian Couple’s Wedding, And Now We’ve Seen It All!

A real bear pronounces couple man and wife.

Moscow residents Denis and Nelya were recently married. But not by a justice of the peace or a minister. Nope, they had a bear officiate their ceremony. A very big and real and locally famous 23-year-old bear named Stepan.

According to Hello Giggles via Daily Mirror, Denis said “We both knew Stepan is a very kind bear but still it is a huge, unpredictable animal so we were a bit scared, but still happy to be able to make our dream come true.”

Watch a video about the unconventional nuptials below:

Here’s a video of Stepan at home with his family, Svetlana and Yuriy Panteleenko, who adopted him after he was orphaned when hunters killed his mother.

Svetlana said to Daily Mail, “He likes nothing more than to cuddle up with us on the sofa at night while we’re watching television. He absolutely loves people and is a really sociable bear. Despite what people might think, he is not aggressive at all. We have never been bitten by Stepan.”