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This unusual interaction between polar bears and domestic dogs (sled dogs) occurred in 1992, but I'd never before heard of it. A remarkable thing to behold.

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http://www.mushing.com/articles/content.php?vw=3,,,548

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http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/animalkingdom/ig/polar-bear/polar_bear_huskies1.htm


http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/animalkingdom/a/polar_bear.htm

The location was a kennel outside Churchill, Manitoba owned by dog breeder Brian Ladoon, who kept some 40 Canadian Eskimo sled dogs there when Rosing visited in 1992. A large polar bear showed up one day and took an unexpected interest in one of Ladoon's tethered dogs. The other dogs went crazy as the bear approached, Rosing says, but this one, named Hudson, "calmly stood his ground and began wagging his tail." To Rosing and Ladoon's surprise, the two "put aside their ancestral animus," gently touching noses and apparently trying to make friends.

Just then another large polar bear arrived and advanced toward one of Ladoon's other dogs, Barren. The latter rolled on his back, then the pair commenced playing "like two roughhousing kids," Rosing writes, tumbling around in the snow as he snapped pictures of the surreal encounter from the safety of his vehicle.

The bear returned for more play sessions every afternoon for 10 days in a row.


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Wow, just amazing seeing such a powerful creature showing submission to a smaller animal. I wonder if the bears thought the dogs were cubs? It's really amazing that it went on for ten more days.
 

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