A Bear Plays With A Dog, But When It Notices Spectators? WATCH OUT!
This isn't something you see every day. When a dog and wild bear emerge from the woods, it's hard to tell if the bear is acting aggressively. It looks like the bear and the dog are just chasing each other around, and none of them are intentionally trying to hurt one another. However, after the bear chases the dog away into the woods, the bear starts to run towards the spectators filming the action, which makes them go into slight panic mode. The bear was probably just excited and wasn't trying to harm anyone. It is still always better to be safe rather than sorry so moving out of the way was the best idea.
Luckily, the bear returns back into the woods, but not before some pretty awesome footage was taken. It isn't very often we get to see a bear this close up. It must have been really cool to see the bear right in the moment, these people have a very cool story to tell for the rest of their lives. It looks like the bear and the dog are now friends!
This is not the only dog out there who has a bear for a friend! One stray mutt in Surgut, Russia, has been spotted going on a snowy adventure with a bear! The pooch engages the bear in every way possible, inviting him for some fun in the snow!
This isn’t the only time a bear has decided to play with a canine. In November of 2017, a veterinary nurse by the name of Brittany Semeniuk visited a place called Mile 5 Sanctuary outside the town of Churchill in Canada. She and her vet partner were looking to photograph some polar bears in the wilderness when they came across a chained-up sled dog out in the open. It wouldn’t be too much of a big deal, had it not been for the polar bear approaching it.
"I had no idea what was going to happen," Brittany says. "I was worried for the dog."
It soon became clear that the bear had no bad intentions for the pup. Instead, it started playing with the dog! In this video, you can see the big white bear nudging the canine with its nose and poking at it with its paws. To make matters even more adorable, the dog seems to be in the same playful mood!
According to Brittany, the playful duo kept at it for some 15 minutes, before the bear ultimately retreating from the site in the pursuit for food. The pup remained unharmed. "When the bear left, the dog seemed to be totally fine," she says. "[The interaction] was a bit rough because a polar bear doesn't know his own strength."
Churchill is known as “the polar bear capital of the world”. Every fall, before the Hudson Bay freezes, these bears come through town looking for food. Locals are pretty used to them, rummaging through people’s garbage, unafraid of the human inhabitants.
According to conservation officers from Manitoba, a man by the name of Brian Ladoon is the owner of a dog sanctuary in the area who has been putting out food for the dogs, thus inadvertently inviting the polar bears. A person familiar with Ladoon’s operation says that the bears, being intelligent creatures as they are, have learned to associate the dogs with extra food and do not attack them.
Have you ever seen a bear and a dog playing around before? How close have you gotten to a bear before? Let us know in the comment section down below!