One adorable and extraordinary moment was caught on camera this week in Manitoba, Canada. A tour guide watched and filmed as a wild polar bear began petting a chained-up sled dog in the Canadian wilds. As you’ll see below, the polar bear seems to be petting the dog as if he wanted to say “good boy”.
While polar bears weigh about 330-390 pounds on average, they could easily kill a dog and eat it for food. And because polar bears are quickly losing their habitat due to climate change and the melting polar ice caps, it is a miracle that this wild polar bear did not pray on the chained-up dog.
Check out the incredible video footage below and see why it is so amazing!
Tour guide David De Meullees of Manitoba was the lucky man who caught the footage. In the clip, the polar bear is seen stroking the chained-up dog, who seems to really love the attention. After getting petted, the dog stands up and shakes.
“I had no idea what was going to happen, and then sure enough he started petting that dog, acted like he was a friend,” De Meulles told CBC. “I just so happened to catch a video of a lifetime.”
De Meulles, who filmed the incident from a vehicle, was amazed as he saw the polar bear walk up to the dog. As you can see, at first the bear is a bit timid about reaching out to pet the canine. But once he gets his massive paw on the dog’s head, he gives the pup a good stroke and the two quickly become best friends.
The dogs were chained up on the property of Brian Ladoon, a local resident. De Meulles wa on tour with a group of tourists aiming to show them polar bears. But he never expected to be able to show the paying visitors such an amazing sight.
Ladoon breeds rare sled dogs, which are at home in the cold, and seemingly fearless when it comes to interacting with deadly predators.
In the clip, the bear towers over the placid animal. The dog is unperturbed by the giant bear which could devour him for lunch.
The bear reaches out and tenderly pets the dog from his head down his back. It’s like the two are old friends.
After a few good pets, the dog rises to his feet and then starts sniffing the polar bear. He walks toward the much-larger predator and the bear backs away from the dog. It’s almost like the dog is more dominant than the polar bear.
“I’ve known the bears to have somewhat friendly behaviour with the dogs, but for a bear to pet like a human would pet a dog is just mind-blowing,” De Meulles said. “It was a beautiful sight to see, and I just can’t believe an animal that big would show that kind of heart toward another animal.”
While De Meulles and the tourists had never seen anything like it before, Ladoon, the man who breeds sled dogs, wasn’t surprised.
“How they do it, it’s not my will, it’s nature’s will,” Ladoon said.
Ladoon is an outdoorsman who has raised sled dogs for 40 years.
“These are like lions, these dogs. They’re primitive and fearless,” Ladoon said. “It is all of course probably a random chance happening that evolved at an accelerated rate because of the number of bears that were there, and the age group was perfect.”
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