Polar Bear and a Sled Dog Play in Snow (VIDEO)

Ugh. Is it still January? Not for much longer, but this frigid weather isn’t going away for a while. Here’s a heartwarming, almost unbelievable, scene that should defrost even the coldest and crankiest of viewers.

In the video filmed by veterinary nurse Brittany Semeniuk and another wildlife photographer last November in Manitoba, Canada, a wild adult polar bear approaches a chained-up sled dog.

“I had no idea what was going to happen,” Semeniuk told National Geographic. “I was worried for the dog.”

Surprisingly, her worry turned to wide-eyed wonder when the large bear began to sweetly play with the similarly fluffy, but much smaller, canine. In the clip, the polar bear begins to gently nudge the dog with its nose, then starts poking the pup with its paws. The dog seems to enjoy the bear’s advances, even rolling over, paws up in the air.

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The incredible, and downright sweet, interaction lasts about 15 minutes. The bear eventually tires of its new acquaintance and wanders off, presumably to search for food. Although their play sesh might look a little rough, it appears so only because the bigger animal doesn’t seem to know its own strength. Meanwhile, the friendly dog must have the best sportsmanship of anyone on its dog sled team.

“When the bear left, the dog seemed to be totally fine,” said Semeniuk.

Source( Read Full Article) people.com

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