A different kind of friendship

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  • Diana Bagnoli's portraits show the special bond between people and their animals
  • But these animals aren't your average pets: they include alpacas, pigs, rabbits and geese

(CNN)Fifteen years ago, Chiara Sgambati's family was given a goose egg.

They already had plenty of chickens at their farm in northern Italy, so instead of eating the egg, they put it under a hen and hatched it.
    Today, the goose roams freely in the garden and has become part of the family herself. Her name is Letizia.
    A couple of years ago, Letizia lost her longtime mate. But -- as seen in the ninth photo above -- she shares a strong connection with Sgambati's mother, Nirvana.
    Photographer Diana Bagnoli
    "They became very real friends," said photographer Diana Bagnoli, who interviewed Sgambati for her project "Wild Love." "Geese are not the most human-friendly animal that exists, but between them it's different, it's special."
    Bagnoli focused her lens on other families who have the same dynamic.
    "I wanted to explore a different kind of relationship," she said. "I had the feeling that I could investigate and discover something and show people how somebody can be really involved in a different kind of friendship."
    She looked around