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Photograph by Laura Keene, National Geographic Your Shot
“It was a surreal experience to be in the presence of these magnificent creatures,” writes Your Shot member Laura Keene of photographing this seemingly approachable pair of bears in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Keene says they stood and appeared to wave in greeting when a nearby pair of cubs captured their attention. Polar bears, she says, “congregate on the barrier islands off Kaktovik in northern Alaska every fall to partake of leftovers from Inupiat whaling [activity] before the Beaufort Sea freezes and they move on to hunt seal.”
Keene’s image was recently featured in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.
A clip from “Jailed Polar Bear”, on First Science TV, discusses the unique bond between Brian Ladoon’s dogs and a group of bears. Brian breeds sled dogs and discovered the polar bears were more interested in playing than displaying aggression.
In 1992 a wildlife photographer Norbert Rosing, who did work for National Geographic and other magazines, was visiting Churchill, Manitoba in Canada and went to see a sled dog kennel owned by breeder Brian Ladoon.
While visiting, a large male polar bear appeared out of nowhere and approached one of the dogs. The dog stayed put and wagged its tail, and the bear and dog began gently touching each others noses and began to play. The two men were shocked. Rosing took out his camera and captured the encounter.
A second polar bear then also appeared and also joined in the play with the dog. For the next week the bears came back and played with the dogs. Then they vanished. Rosing thought that the encounter demonstrated very unusual behavior, given that dogs and bears are natural enemies. It was a one in a million encounter to witness.
On an advertising shoot for washing machines in Canada to show off the cold wash performance, the Samsung film crew is surprised when a bear wanders on to the shoot location.
“Huge Bear Surprises Crew on EcoBubble Photo Shoot in BC”
This commercial for the Samsung EcoBubble Washing Machine makes you think it is a behind-the-scenes shoot, showing you how the actual ad was made, which was interrupted by a grizzly bear showing up on the set. It begins with the crew setting up the EcoBubble washer which can supposedly wash clothes just was well in cold water as warm water through its new technology. They aim to prove this by setting up the machine to pull water directly from a frozen lake, but when the bear shows up, everything has to stop. Everyone moves back and the bear stands up and takes off it’s “fur coat” exposing his skinny legs and boxer shorts. He puts his coat in the washer and waits. As he does, he reads a newspaper, juggles fish, plays the guitar and “sings”, takes pictures of himself with the crew’s cameras, builds a snowman (snowbear?), and even break dances. When his coat is clean, he pulls it out and it’s all white. That’s when we learn he was a polar bear all along. At the end, we see that he has told his bear friends and they stop by to wash their fur too.
A polar bear cub at the Toronto Zoo takes his first steps. How often do you get to see this?
Get ready to see an adorably cute and furry baby! The two-month old yet-unnamed polar bear at the Toronto Zoo drinks milk six times a day, and is developing like a little champ. The cub is being hand-reared after his two siblings died shortly after birth. He’s growing teeth and whiskers, and here you can see him learning how to walk. He’s also working on his adorable tiny bear roar!
Straight from the Arctic to your screen, here’s the laziest polar bear ever recorded. This polar bear was recorded using a Canon Mark II DSLR in Churchill, Canada.
Grizzly man Mark Dumas, 60, is the only man in the world who can touch a polar bear. And as these incredible pictures show the fearless bear handler from Abbotsford, British Columbia, even goes for dip in his swimming pool where he and 16-year-old polar bear Agee enjoy a watery cuddle together. Mark and wife Dawn, 60, train the 60-stone (800lb) friendly beast – the world’s largest land predator – to star in high-budget TV adverts. She has even performed in movies like ‘Alaska’ in 1995 when she was just a few weeks old. With his incredibly intimate bond Mark wrestles on the grass with Agee, kisses her, puts his head in her huge jaws, and even bear hugs her as she rears up on her hind legs to over seven feet. Mark and Dawn have owned Agee since she was six weeks old and the colossal mammal even lived in their home as a cub where she played with the family dogs and was bottle fed.
The cameras used for a documentary on polar bears were designed to be as unobtrusive and resilient as possible.