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   Undertoad  Monday Oct 22 01:36 PM

October 22, 2007: Polar bear and the husky, version two



A Finnish gent noted Friday's bear/husky play pics, and pointed to this French Arctic expedition gallery, where there is photo documentation of another bear/dog encounter.



In this one, there's no play involved. The dog takes an aggressive, barking approach, seemingly saying "Get out of here! you don't belong here!" Seeing the bear's immense size, the dog knows it's a dangerous situation, but is protecting the pack by trying to shush away the beast.



The bear, meanwhile, acts as if he could not care less about the dog. The big guy is not hungry, but curious; it checks out the camp's equipment, even as the dog is barking furiously. He doesn't even bother to glance at the mutt. He knows he is in no danger from this annoying pest. The dog is a mosquito.

The dog mostly stays a good 15-20 feet away, but runs closer from time to time, as if trying to engage the big beast. The dog knows that the bear is slow-moving, can always be out-run. So each time the bear even slightly turns, the dog backs off rapidly. Until...



...puppy gets a little too close, a little too careless, and the bear sees an opportunity to swat that mosquito.



But the good news is that the last two photos here are named with "close_call", so we can infer that doggy beat a hasty enough retreat to survive the encounter.

A minute of video shows the dynamic differently than the pics do.



Nikolai  Monday Oct 22 02:24 PM

Yes first for once, and doesnt the first picture look like the bear is learning to dance?



Clodfobble  Monday Oct 22 03:35 PM

I think there must be something genetic about it... but to me, a brown bear would clearly be terrifying in person, while I cannot imagine a polar bear as being anything but cute. White == sweet and docile.

I know, intellectually, that a polar bear is a godless killing machine, just like all bears. But I can't make myself believe it. In fact, I can't think of a single white animal that I can really convince myself is frightening.



Spexxvet  Monday Oct 22 03:44 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
I think there must be something genetic about it... but to me, a brown bear would clearly be terrifying in person, while I cannot imagine a polar bear as being anything but cute. White == sweet and docile.

I know, intellectually, that a polar bear is a godless killing machine, just like all bears. But I can't make myself believe it. In fact, I can't think of a single white animal that I can really convince myself is frightening.
Like old westerns. The "good guy" always wears the white hat, the "bad guy" wears the black hat.


maximum  Monday Oct 22 03:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble
I cannot imagine a polar bear as being anything but cute. White == sweet and docile.
...
In fact, I can't think of a single white animal that I can really convince myself is frightening.
Maybe these bears will convince you?



Or maybe this guy who was attacked by one, as he slept in his tent (WARNING - graphic):


;-)


Sundae  Monday Oct 22 04:02 PM

Awwwwwwwwww, lookit the pink bears!



Spectacle  Monday Oct 22 04:09 PM

The pink, blood splattered, bears. Aww.



findpolitics  Monday Oct 22 04:26 PM

They do still look cute, especially that one on the right with his tongue sticking out. awwww... hungry little bear.


Nice try though.



glatt  Monday Oct 22 05:06 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by maximum View Post
Or maybe this guy who was attacked by one, as he slept in his tent (WARNING - graphic)
Not a polar bear, but speaking of bears and tents:


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Oct 22 06:30 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
The dog knows that the bear is slow-moving, can always be out-run.
Quote:
When being chased or charging prey, polar bears can run as fast as 40 kph (25 mph) for short distances.
more


CharlieG  Monday Oct 22 08:22 PM

I have a friend who used to work on the North Slope - he says it's SOP that there is a LARGE rifle (he had a .458 if I remember right) in the truck, and a good pair of binoculars to look around BEFORE you got out of the truck

Heck, not even bears - back in the summer of 1980, I spent a lot of time on a farm in Canada that had a problem with Ferral Dog packs - there was a loaded 30-06 in the truck, and one person on the crew was always on dog watch - carnivores are NOT fun - BTW SOP was if you SAW the dog pack, you put out a warning, and if they were in range of your skill level to hit them, you started shooting



lumberjim  Monday Oct 22 08:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
In fact, I can't think of a single white animal that I can really convince myself is frightening.



BigV  Monday Oct 22 08:38 PM

http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/wormstapewormphotos.htm



orthodoc  Monday Oct 22 08:38 PM

An anthropologist friend who spent a lot of time in northern Canada told me that polar bears are the most dangerous of all bears; they are the only ones that will deliberately hunt human beings. They are afraid of nothing.



monster  Monday Oct 22 08:52 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
In fact, I can't think of a single white animal that I can really convince myself is frightening.


?


monster  Monday Oct 22 08:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by findpolitics View Post
They do still look cute, especially that one on the right with his tongue sticking out. awwww... hungry little bear.


Nice try though.
they remind me of my kids on art class day.


Slight  Monday Oct 22 09:12 PM

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Originally Posted by monster View Post
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monster, thanks for proving Godwin's law in record time. you lose :p


monster  Monday Oct 22 09:41 PM

I thought it was rather slow myself, but thank you. i was quite pleased to squeeze in on the first page.



mrputter  Monday Oct 22 09:49 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
can't think of a single white animal that I can really convince

I dunno. It's possible you're not one of those people who gets creeped out by spiders.

I know I sure as $@*&#! am.

(and for good measure: eek!)


beauregaardhooligan  Tuesday Oct 23 08:49 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Slight View Post
monster, thanks for proving Godwin's law in record time. you lose :p
I don't believe she had an ulterior motive to end the discussion, and so invoke "Quirk's Exception." Your comment proves that out.
Besides, she was right, that wacko *is* scary!


Rexmons  Tuesday Oct 23 01:08 PM

i was at the Bronx Zoo about 3 weeks ago and there a big crowd watching a polar bear play with his toys in his pool and i remember over hearing one old lady say to her friend "they're actually very docile creatures". i didn't have the heart to say "you should ask a seal how docile they are."



Sarasvati48  Tuesday Oct 23 01:25 PM

Polar bears get huge. That one looks small relative to the dog. Maybe it is a juvenile anyway. Oh, and I didn't even click on that link about the <ugh> spider...glad you didn't post the pic...



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