- 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.
"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