Hero bear Wojtek re-imagined in alternative history

Jakub Rozalski's depiction of Wojtek

Jakub Rozalski's depiction of Wojtek

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He’s the beer-drinking soldier bear who fought alongside Polish troops during the Second World War, before spending his twilight years at Edinburgh Zoo.

But now a Polish artist has reimagined Wojtek’s wartime role in a series of fantastical paintings set in an alternative version of history. Concept artist Jakub Rozalski, who lives in Krakow, created the striking images in tribute to the iconic bear, who died in 1963.

Jakub Rozalski imagined Wojtek as the hero of an alternative universe.

Jakub Rozalski imagined Wojtek as the hero of an alternative universe.

He said: “I am very passionate about history. For me he [Wojtek] is a symbol of courage, sacrifice and friendship between man and beast.”