A German shepherd in North Bend, Wash., found an unlikely playmate last Thursday when an elk wandered into its backyard.

“We’ve never seen it before,” Joe Fleck told KING-TV of his dog, Clara, playing with the bull elk. “We’ve heard her barking before but this is the first time we looked to see what she was barking at.”

dog and elk

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dog and elk

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dog and elk

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“They kept running back and forth with each other. It struck me that it was like two dogs playing with each other,” Fleck said.

Watch the unlikely pair’s game of chase:

(H/T: KHOU-TV)

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