By Jordi Lippe and Jordi Lippe-McGraw
October 25, 2016
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Apparently, being an animal cuddler is a real job.

Bear scientist Wes Larson has made a career of working with animals and is now studying in wildlife conservation, a.k.a. hanging with furry creatures. While working to protect endangered animals, he's also raising an orphaned raccoon named Pants. His account is filled with snaps of him cozying up to bears, raccoons, whales, chickens, parrots, giraffes and more.

“My whole life, I’ve been interested in wildlife,” he told IG World Blog. “When I graduated college, I got sucked into the idea that I needed to make a lot of money. But I eventually decided to do what I was passionate about.”

He decided to leave optometry school and study biology. He has worked with the Southern Beaufort Sea population of polar bears in Alaska for three years, raccording to Polar Bears International.

Check out some pictures from his wild adventures.

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