Polar Bear Comes in Peace

A good friend of mine sent me this story in the form of an email today, and I found the images so amazing and touching, that I wanted to share the story with all of you. If you thought Polar Bears are totally vicious, you might reconsider your opinion after viewing this hub.

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If you don't already think animals are far more spiritually advanced than we humans, think again. Stuart Brown describes Norbert Rosing's striking images of a wild polar bear coming upon tethered sled dogs in the wilds of Canada's Hudson Bay. (see above image)

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The photographer was sure that he was going to see the end of his dogs when the polar bear wandered in..

This is genuine, the Polar Bear has made no effort to try to harm the dogs, but is in fact interacting with them in a playful manner, and what's more, the dogs are clearly not intimidated at all.

Surely this is the last thing any of us would expect to have happened when a Polar Bear came across a number of dogs, chained up and unable to escape their fate if he had tried to make a meal of them, Clearly even Polar Bears need some fun time, and not always with their own kind!

The Polar Bear returned every night that week to play with the dogs.

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Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City

great images! touchy story...


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Wanderlust, I loved it too :)


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Wow, talk about something that grips at your heart! :) This is the most amazing and incredible sight I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing. :)


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Pam, it is mindblowing isn't it!!


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Mind blowing is right! The pictre that gets to me the most is the one with the polar bear rolled over on his back exposing his belly to the dog. THAT, as you know, is a sign of ultimate trust. I'm absolutely blown away! :D


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Hi Cindy,

Wow and I've never seen such images - not even in National Geographic! And we should learn something about them - peace begets peace. If you show no anger or fear, you'll get none in return. This is a nice "have a wonderful day" greeting (at least in my timezone!) Thanks for sharing, :D


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Yes Pam, that picture is really amazing and shows true trust and relaxation on the part of the bear.

Hi Cris, thanks for commenting, so pleased this will set you up for a wonderful day :)


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I envy your inbox - all i get are spams and more spams! or at least you can share me your friends' email addresses :D


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

LOL, but there are so many who have sent me my best emails. Anyway, I can't reveal my sources :)


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Lady Guinevere 7 years ago from West Virginia

This is what Life is really about. Thank you for sharing. Now if the humans on this planet would do this!!


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

trip out.


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Bruce Elkin 7 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

Hmmm…? How close do you think the photographer was to the bear. Within feet, unless s/he had abandoned his/her dogs -- and that's unlikely.

Pretty neat photos, but I doubt they were taken in the wild. Unless someone had just fed the bear a bunch of seal steaks.

Still great scenes!


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

What about zoom lenses Bruce, and I can't imagine a situation where you would have both snow, a tame Polar Bear and a team of sled dogs all in the same environment, even staged this would be really hard to achieve. Plus the photographers name is given, which would be traceable, so unlikely to be taken in captivity or staged I reckon. Thanks for commenting though. :)

Thanks LG, I agree, if only :)

Hi GT, glad you liked the images and the storybehind them.


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Wow, this is awesome. Just yesterday I was watching the 7 wonders of the world on TV and it took my breath away, and now I get to see photos like this. Staged or not, the visuals and message is beautiful.


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

what a beautiful hub     - I would never have thought that this type of intraction could or indeed would, occur....cheers


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

awwwww....so wonderful, friendly, kind, love, fun and ever so gentle.....awwwww, so sweeeeet!


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rockinjoe 7 years ago from Standing right behind you!

How cool is that? Amazing:)


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

Cute! I have actually seen these before. They made the rounds a year or two ago, but they are still great to see! :)


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Wonderful photos and story. You can get more background on the photographer and what's going on here:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/polardog.asp#...

You really did make my day. There's a fresh, thick covering of snow outside this morning, and it doesn't take too much imagination to see polar bears and sled dogs frolicking in it!


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spryte 7 years ago from Arizona, USA

Awesome story and beautiful shots! Thanks for the link Sally...it's nice to be able to disprove the cynics once in a while :)

Thumbs up for sharing something that made me go "Awwwwwww!!" :)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Yes that is so true. I always feel in some ways animals are better than humans at least they don't kill for fun unlike the hunting hobby of some humans.  Good touching hub and great pictures.


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Lgali 7 years ago

nice pictures good hub


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Everyone, I loved these pictures and am glad you all do do, even if you may have seen them before they are amazing and certianly made me feel all "Mushy" inside :)

Thanks for that link Sally :)


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Dang, this was amazing!! What a beautiful hub!


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks Elena, I loved the pictures too, and so nice to know it genuinely happened and was not staged or a hoax, (check out the link above provided by Sally's Trove)


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Great pictures...Love is wonderful ... Thanks, Cindy...


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

No worries Tatjana, glad you liked them :)


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KT pdx 7 years ago from Vancouver, WA, USA

Wow! That's so cool! Thanks for passing this on, Cindy. :) Glad to know it's true, as well. We underestimate animals a lot.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

I haven't seen these before. Truly amazing. Especially considering that Polar Bears are the most dangerous of all the bears, (and possibly the coolest.) Thanks for sharing them, Cindy.


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks KT and Christoph, wonderful images aren't they?, So pleased you both appreciated them :)


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks KT and Christoph, wonderful images aren't they?, So pleased you both appreciated them :)


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

That is so cute!!! Still don't know if I would try to go play with a wild polar bear (not that the option often presents itself), but very cute!!!


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Anna, Thanks for popping in and commenting. I think I would be very wary too, but fortunately, as you said, the opportunity rarely presents itself :)


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2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

What beautiful pictures! I've only seen polar bears in the zoo, where they look sad.

Despite the current weather conditions, I don't think you'll be seeing any polar bears on Guernsey. (LOL)


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Patricia, yes, I doubt Polar Bears will make it to Guernsey just yet :)


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

Gaia in action. This actually brings tears to my eyes. I reminds me of what we are doing to life on Earth. Perhaps it would be best for us to just go ahead and leap into extinction and leave the world to the creatures that know how to live here.


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mistyhorizon2003 7 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

I agree in so many ways ColdWarBaby. I feel the best thing that can happen to the planet is for a disease, (human specific#0, to come along and wipe us out so nature can put the planet back into balance again.


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Bard of Ely 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

So beautiful and shows us so much that people do not want to admit about what animals are like!


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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Steve, yes, it is truly touching to see isn't it!


Sara 5 years ago

Fantastic shots but I think it is staged, the first picture shows completely different dogs showing aggression towards the polar bear, the rest of the pictures is of one polar bear and the one dog (the same in all pictures) playing, probably hand reared polar bear who had grown up with the dog, still nice pictures.


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mistyhorizon2003 3 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

I actually (by some bizarre coincidence) saw the documentary on this exact series of pictures, and it definitely wasn't staged in any way and was exactly what you see here. The difference is that now I have actually seen the moving film footage of the bears rolling around in the snow with the dogs, and the story of the working dogs behind it and how they were tethered etc. This actually made the images far more stunning for me, as any doubts I had as to if the photos were 'staged' or selectively chosen, whether it was hand reared bears etc was completely removed once I saw the very serious documentary on the events as they unfolded. (there were multiple dogs in the film footage by the way).

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