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Old 10-19-2007, 12:38 PM   #1
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October 19, 2007: Polar bear and the husky



No fewer than four of you sent this along, so although Snopes says it was collected in 2006, and confirms that it happened and was published last year, sometimes it takes a while for something to catch on, on the net.

Photographer Norbert Rosing was out on a photo session with these dogs, in the middle of nowhere, Hudson Bay in northern Canada - when a 1200 pound polar bear appeared on the scene.

But incredibly, the outcome wasn't an eaten dog. It was a half-hour session of... play.

Stuart Brown narrates a slide show of the event, in which he interprets the gestures of both animals as signals to play; the dog's mouth without fangs, the bear's ears back.

Snopes is, as Snopes must always be, a little skeptical that this was play - but dog owners have seen this sort of thing before in their dogs, and hey, if a polar bear is hungry and wants to eat, let's admit it, the dog is probably toast.

But the slideshow says the bear returned every night for a week to play again. I for one am encouraged to believe it was play; the modern dog, even the husky, is play-oriented. And why shouldn't the bear get something out of it? He's not going to be concerned for his safety, so why not the occasional social move?









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Old 10-19-2007, 12:45 PM   #2
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Without wanting to be guilty of anthromorphosis - that's play damnit!
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:09 PM   #3
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That's incredibly cute!
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:13 PM   #4
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there is a distinct lack of red snow in the vicinity. says play quite obviously.


ps....i wish i knew what accidental combination of keys leads to my replying to a thread halfway through typing it out.
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:17 PM   #5
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ps....i wish i knew what accidental combination of keys leads to my replying to a thread halfway through typing it out.
Thumb drifting over laptop mousepad accidentally moves cursor to the Submit Reply button, then you hit enter to end a paragraph and it posts?
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:20 PM   #6
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I had to join just for this.

Its absolutely adorable
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:31 PM   #7
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I want to play with a polar bear!

(Why do I feel like the outcome would be different?)
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:32 PM   #8
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polar bears are amazing. For all their ferocity, which from all accounts is pretty genuine, they have a lot of play in them too. I've seen videos of them playing with stuff before.
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:36 PM   #9
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Thumb drifting over laptop mousepad accidentally moves cursor to the Submit Reply button, then you hit enter to end a paragraph and it posts?
desktop. something to do with the tab button, i think.....or maybe ctrl when i go for a shift.
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:40 PM   #10
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Welcome to the Cellar, Ashaloo
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:41 PM   #11
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Wow... I would not have believed it... too cool.
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:07 PM   #12
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Too bad they're not both bald
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:46 PM   #13
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I'm pretty sure it's Alt+S.
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:47 PM   #14
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I have heard of bears playing before, although I have never seen it in the wild
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:56 PM   #15
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TEST...Yup...ALT+S

thanks, Yb.
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