I just have to post this link.
For those of you who don’t know, I was named after a polar bear.
This one so looks like me, white, furry, cuddly.
I bet he chases cats too.
ETA: It seems Misery wants to invade my space. She has something to
bark say. PippaYawn.
I wanted to say that I don’t condone performing animals. There is a fine line between dancing dogs, dancing bears, dancing elephants, abuse and cruelty to make animals perform ridiculous tricks that isn’t part of their natural life.
What fascinated me about this video were a number of things:
The grace and beauty of the lumbering animal who jumps into the water and is suddenly so elegant, (that reminded me of Pippa too because he is normally slow and sleepy but can suddenly become so agile – usually on sight of a cat).
The incredible closeness of the pair of them, the way the bear puts his paws around the man – without killing him!!
And my last point – here we have what are commonly known as the world’s biggest killers for sport and fun. Man and polar bear. If the bear took a fit in his head, I don’t think the man would last too long, but the irony of the situation really struck me.
From the Huffington Post:
Dumas and his wife, Dawn, own “Beyond Just Bears,” a company that trains animals for scenes in movies, television shows and advertisements. The pair have a combined 50 years experience working with animals on set.
Agee, which is touted as the only trained polar bear in North America, has starred in various commercials and even had a role in the movie “Alaska.”
According to the company’s website, “Beyond Just Bears” has worked with a variety of wild animals, including cougars, wolves and deer.
Nevertheless, the use of animals in the entertainment industry has come under scrutiny after multiple reported incidents of alleged animal abuse and deaths on movie and television sets.
Which is one reason I don’t agree with it. Wild animals belong in their own space. Not in our houses, or swimming pools.