Even polar bears, the fiercest predators of the tundra, aren't immune to cute dogs.
When David De Meulles pulled out his phone to record the interaction between a polar bear and a dog, he never expected what happened next.
"I had no idea what was going to happen, and then sure enough he started petting that dog, acted like he was a friend. I just so happen to catch a video of a lifetime."
De Meulles, who's lived in Churchill, Manitoba all his life, has never seen anything like it. He frequently helps out a friend who owns North Star Tours by taking visitors on trips around the area.
Last weekend, he agreed to take two clients to an area where polar bears are known to hang out. When the group arrived, they were more than a little nervous when one of the fierce-looking animals approached a dog tied to a chain.
But it turns out the dog was never in any danger. The big-bodied beast lumbered up to the dog and instead of its clawed paw coming down hard, it rested neatly on the dog's head.
The polar bear showered the dog with pets and cuddles, and the dog seemed to appreciate the attention. De Meulles said,
"I've known the bears to have somewhat friendly behavior with the dogs, but for a bear to pet like a human would pet a dog is just mind-blowing."
Brian Ladoon, who owns both the dog and the land, calls the phenomenon, "nature's will." Ladoon raises a rare breed of sled dog on his remote stretch of Arctic land. He compares the dogs to lions and says they're "primitive and fearless."
He's seen polar bears interact with his dogs before, but never in such a familiar way. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that, thanks to De Meulles' video, thousands of people have been able to enjoy.
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