In a world where polar bears and dogs are natural enemies, these guys seem to haven’t got the memo! In Northern Canada, a few polar bears have struck this unlikely friendship with some dogs and they won’t stop playing! If you don’t believe it, watch these next photographs and prepare to be amazed. At first, we thought that the encounter will end badly for the dogs, but when we saw them doing this… we were completely taken aback!
Check out the bears that found some playmates!
20. Visiting Polar Bears
A veterinary nurse – Brittany Semeniuk, and her vet partner were witnesses to an amazing experience. While they were visiting Manitoba, Canada to photograph some polar bears they saw an unusual thing…
19. Taking Some Photographs
At first, she was scared of what would happen, but then they saw the bear approaching one of the dogs at the Mile 5 Sanctuary. She was looking for bears to photograph and instead, she got more.
18. Worried about the Dogs
This is what she said: ‘I had no idea what was going to happen. I was worried for the dog.’ But soon, the dog starts playing with the bear as they were pals for years! And the dog loved every second of it!
17. My Best Friend is a Polar Bear
The man taking care of the dogs at the sanctuary is called Brian Ladoon. Most of the dogs were chained when the bear came close to them. That’s why everyone was so scared. The dogs couldn’t escape…
16. Happy to Romp
If anything would have gone wrong, the dogs couldn’t escape those polar bears because of the chains. Fortunately, this bear was only looking for some fun. And one dog called Hudson delivered the entertainment! The next photo will take your breath away!
15. Having Fun
Hudson and his friend the bear started interacting while Semniuk and her colleague watched them from afar, amazed. The bear started poking the dog with his paws and they touched noses. It was just unbelievable!
14. Play Time is On
Brian Ladoon knows that the bears are just his regular visitors, coming to have some fun with his dogs and also get some scraps from the food he gives to the dogs. He’s used to seeing them play. But there’s something else you should now about…
13. Dangerously Cute
This bear knows the secret to a happy life. He gets his fill from the dog’s food and then sticks around to play with them as if he’s thanking for the lunch! Semeniuk saw these fellas playing with the bear for more than 15 minutes…
12. Checking for More Food
After he’s done playing with the dogs, the vets saw the bear checking for food and leaving the dog unharmed. Semeniuk said that ‘when the bear left, the dog seemed to be totally fine’. Although…
11. It Was a Bit Rough
She admits that in those 15 minutes of playtime, the interaction ‘was a bit rough because a polar bear doesn’t know his own strength.’ We think it was like watching a Saint Bernard playing with a Chihuahua. And that’s not all!
10. Not Your Usual Friendship
Dogs and bears are not your usual couple of friends that would start playing, but these guys are an exception. And it looks like the intelligent bears have learned that if there are dogs around, then there’s also some food…
9. Getting Some Snacks
Seeing that the place provides food and playtime, these bears have made a daily habit. Their story soon became famous all over the world, after people saw the video and the photos.
8. ‘Never Seen a Polar Bear Before’
Semeniuk saw for the first time in her life polar bears. And for the first time in her life, she would also see them getting along with dogs: ‘I’ve never seen the bears interacting with the dogs in that way’.
7. It Was Amazing
The vet said that she was shocked to see the way these bears visited the dogs, and that ‘this interaction was fascinating to see, but it’s also incredibly dangerous for these dogs’.
6. Having No Choice
‘They have no choice but to interact with the bear,’ continued Semeniuk. According to this Polar Bears International scientist – Tom Smith, the dogs might have accepted to play along because of this…
5. They Are Curious
Tom Smith said that polar bears are very curious and they will get their answers using paws and teeth. So, in the beginning, the bears could have used them on the dogs, making them submissive.
4. Accepting the Bear
After the dogs recognized the bears were no match, they became submissive and accepted to play along. Semeniuk wasn’t the only one who saw these bears and dogs. Norbert Rosing was also a visitor…
3. Wildlife Photography
The nature photographer was a witness to this weird friendship and he sent the photographs to National Geographic and other magazines. They also appeared in the book ‘The World of the Polar Bear’.
2. It Happened in 1992
Rosing wrote about his story, saying that the animals played ‘like two roughhousing kids’. He would never have dreamed to find Eskimo Sled dogs play with the huge predators and get away with it!
1. An Amazing Story
This is a unique moment when mother nature amazes us with strange acts of friendship. We know that starving polar bears don’t see dogs as friends, but as prey and it could end very badly for the pooches. But this time, the bears only wanted to play and cuddle.