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   Undertoad  Friday Oct 19 01:38 PM

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?












Sundae  Friday Oct 19 01:45 PM

Without wanting to be guilty of anthromorphosis - that's play damnit!



Pie  Friday Oct 19 02:09 PM

That's incredibly cute!



lumberjim  Friday Oct 19 02:13 PM

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.



Flint  Friday Oct 19 02:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim View Post
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?


ashaloo  Friday Oct 19 02:20 PM

I had to join just for this.

Its absolutely adorable



Tomtheman5  Friday Oct 19 02:31 PM

I want to play with a polar bear!

(Why do I feel like the outcome would be different?)



Cloud  Friday Oct 19 02:32 PM

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.



lumberjim  Friday Oct 19 02:36 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flint View Post
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.


Sundae  Friday Oct 19 02:40 PM

Welcome to the Cellar, Ashaloo



rkzenrage  Friday Oct 19 02:41 PM

Wow... I would not have believed it... too cool.



Emrikol  Friday Oct 19 03:07 PM

Too bad they're not both bald



YellowBolt  Friday Oct 19 03:46 PM

I'm pretty sure it's Alt+S.



toranokaze  Friday Oct 19 03:47 PM

I have heard of bears playing before, although I have never seen it in the wild



lumberjim  Friday Oct 19 03:56 PM

TEST...Yup...ALT+S

thanks, Yb.



ferret88  Friday Oct 19 04:11 PM

My first thought reading the title of the thread was "That sounds like it should be a bedtime story for my daughter."

Am I the only one who thinks photo 3 looks like it shows them dancing?



Flint  Friday Oct 19 04:38 PM

How the Hell do you accidentally hit Alt+S ??? This gives new meaning to the term "fat finger" ...



lumberjim  Friday Oct 19 04:40 PM

aiming at the space bar?



Flint  Friday Oct 19 04:42 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim View Post
aiming at the space bar?
That's how your keyboards get messed up. Aim for a towel or something. Or the inside of a sock works too.


Saphyre  Friday Oct 19 04:56 PM

Thanks UT for the post - I feel all warm & fuzzy inside, and it's not even happy hour (yet)!!

GROUP HUG!!!



lumberjim  Friday Oct 19 05:14 PM

Quote:
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That's how your keyboards get messed up. Aim for a towel or something. Or the inside of a sock works too.
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Nikolai  Friday Oct 19 07:23 PM

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Well I dont know if its just me but aiming at a towel or inside of a sock is trying to keep it clean ,

and yeah those pictures look damn cute


rkzenrage  Friday Oct 19 07:28 PM

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Since when?


Sarasvati48  Friday Oct 19 07:38 PM

Maybe it is a female that lost her cub...then again, dogs and bears have common ancestors...



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 19 09:00 PM

First picture, dog in the background.... "Psst, eat him... I'm old and tough."



narcuul  Friday Oct 19 09:33 PM

Somehow these pictures remind me of my ex's dog and the cat that now lives with me. You are free to guess which would be the dog and which the cat. (No bets. It's too easy.. )



Aliantha  Friday Oct 19 09:46 PM

How do you catch a polar bear?

You go to the north pole with a shovel and a bag of frozen peas.

You did a big hole in the snow and put peas all around the edges.

You wait for a polar bear to go for a pea, then kick him in the icehole.



soybean  Friday Oct 19 10:18 PM

these pics look familiar

These look a lot like those in an article in National Geographic a few years ago. Pardon me for not taking the time to find the Month/Year.

I'm going off very rough memory here-- a bunch of bachelor polar bears gather around St George's Sound waiting for winter freeze-up so they can walk out to good hunting waters. The bears are in chipper spirits considering they have eaten little for quite some time.

Please don't take time to correct my geography or memory here. I am studying for an exam next week and should not even be looking at Cellar.



xoxoxoBruce  Friday Oct 19 10:35 PM

I got them in an email claiming it was Churchill, Manitoba. That's where, as you said, the bears that have been trapped on land for the summer, hang out waiting for the winter ice so they can go out and hunt.
If that's true, I thought is was pretty unusual that bear was fat, happy and playful, rather than inhaling the dog.



monster  Friday Oct 19 10:59 PM

Can we expect cute baby Polusky pics one Friday soon? I'd like to try them raw dipped in little soy sauce.....



lumberjim  Saturday Oct 20 12:31 AM

Quote:
October 19, 2007: Polar bear and the husky
i have a question: what's with the 'the'? do you have a foreigner(illegal immigrant) working for you now, doing the IOTD?


DucksNuts  Saturday Oct 20 07:46 AM

YAY......I loved this when I got this via email.

Shame on you monster, poor lil polusky cuppies



Elspode  Saturday Oct 20 12:42 PM

I found it pretty weird that Snopes even doubted for a moment that the bear and the dog were playing. People don't even trust their own eyes anymore, so skeptical have we become.

The loss of innocence and trust in modern society is fucking depressing. Everybody's always trying to screw someone out of something or put something over on someone for personal gain.

Ptui. I see a bear and a dog playing, period.



ZenGum  Saturday Oct 20 01:05 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ferret88 View Post
My first thought reading the title of the thread was "That sounds like it should be a bedtime story for my daughter."
Okay, I am a sicko, but it sounded more like an Alaskan gay phone sex line to me.


Beest  Sunday Oct 21 09:47 PM

More games to play with polar bears



monster  Monday Oct 22 12:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Beest View Post
More games to play with polar bears


we're spotting polar bears in the snow?


Aliantha  Monday Oct 22 02:00 AM

I wondered about that too.



magilla  Monday Oct 22 11:12 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
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.

(snip)

Thanks, UT. You've killed me. I'm a dead man. I'm still walking, talking, breathing, but my dooom is approaching at lightspeed.

My daughter's two BEST FAVORITEST WONDERFULLEST animals on the planet are polar bears and dogs. And when she sees something cute she gets all excited, jumps around, and gives strangle hugs. Right around the neck. Tight. And cuter means tighter. I almost wound up in the ER with those pics of Knute, that polar bear cub in the Berlin zoo.

This is definitely the end for me.

So long, and thanks for all the pics.

Chris


BigV  Monday Oct 22 11:45 AM

At least you'll die happy!

very very funny.



HungLikeJesus  Monday Oct 22 12:55 PM

If you saw the dog and polar bear playing, wouldn't you want to run over and join in the fun? I would. I'd wrastle that bear. I'd tickle him, pull his tail (if polar bears have tails), blow in his face.



ZenGum  Monday Oct 22 01:09 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
If you saw the dog and polar bear playing, wouldn't you want to run over and join in the fun? I would. I'd wrastle that bear. I'd tickle him, pull his tail (if polar bears have tails), blow in his face.
You'd probably die happy then too. But damn it looks like fun.


ViennaWaits  Wednesday Oct 24 04:40 PM

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DucksNuts  Wednesday Oct 24 10:38 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
If you saw the dog and polar bear playing, wouldn't you want to run over and join in the fun? I would. I'd wrastle that bear. I'd tickle him, pull his tail (if polar bears have tails), blow in his face.
I missed you Jes


HungLikeJesus  Thursday Oct 25 09:39 AM

I'd wrastle you too, DN, but I think you'd beat me.



LabRat  Tuesday Oct 30 10:25 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad View Post
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.

Hmmm. Interesting what you'll find digging around the archives...


Clodfobble  Tuesday Oct 30 02:24 PM

Wow! Posted in 2002--so Snopes was wrong?

**double-checking link**

Oh, hang on, no--they just say that the pictures were published in the photographer's book in 2006, they don't actually say the events occurred in 2006. Whew.



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