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Polar Bears Heart Wolf Dogs

Polar bears and wolf dogs form an unusual bond.

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Unlikely Animal Friends: Polar Bears Heart Wolf Dogs

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Polar bears and wolf dogs form an unusual bond.

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Kathleen Godwin
Kathleen Godwin

These dogs are chained. The bears do not happen to be hungry right this minute. I agree with L Bergen. I feel very sorry for these dogs. People tend to see what seems to be "cute" and have no idea regarding the reality of these situations. K Godwin, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation

L Bergen
L Bergen

NAT GEO: Please correct the title. These are not wolf dogs, they are Inuit Sled Dogs also called Eskimo Dogs, Canadian Eskimo Dogs, Canadian Inuit Dogs or Greenland Huskies.  

The interaction between these bears and dogs is not natural and at least 20 dogs have been killed by the bears and continue to be killed. The owner of this kennel is making a profit by charging visitors and media to film these interactions. In some of the interactions, any dog behaviorist can see that the dogs are terrified when the bears 'hug' them.  This is cruel.  The dogs do not have the ability to get away from the bears.

It would be more honest to also photograph the bears killing the dogs. Please do not promote this dog kennel or fund this continued misuse of these dogs. These dogs were meant to be working sled dogs and apparently they are kept around for 'photo ops'.  It would be best to ignore this man and possibly this would stop. He is very misguided.


Rosemary Fernandez
Rosemary Fernandez

save the wolves on novembor 4 2014 i hope u voted for wolves to not be killed please help wolves think and bye

Katelyn Hackey
Katelyn Hackey

We would LOVE to see MORE ---POLAR BEARS & DOGS... where is a Full Documentary on this most amazing natural event....   MORE MORE MORE Please... haha.  

Katelyn Hackey
Katelyn Hackey

@Kristy Olney


we want MORE  POLAR BEARS & DOGS..... where's the full Documentary on this? Most amazing. Please get more out on these.

Janet Moore
Janet Moore

There is a National Geographic just on sled dogs and the reasons that they are chained.  These are large team dogs and as a result he has about 150.  They are wolfish in their behavior and will not allow more than one alpha pair, etc.  They are not mistreated as they are made for this terrain and definately prefer the outdoors.  They get enough running around pulling huge sleds.

Cri Dascalu
Cri Dascalu

I like it, though... why the dogs continue to be chained in an open space??? I mean, what's the reason for it?

I see this chaining dogs cruel and a SICURE way to make them becoming food for the bears! 

Cri

Isabelle Fenoll
Isabelle Fenoll

Mr Ladune is right : They're intelligent. 

Beautiful. 



Rochelle Wolf
Rochelle Wolf

Life is filled with moments in time. Each moment fills a purpose. Lets hope the next moment is not filled with hunger.

brenton vincenzes
brenton vincenzes

Not my area of expertise, but could dogs and bears be related somehow from an evolutionary standpoint?

Nancy Barrett
Nancy Barrett

It shows that this prophecy is not as unrealistic as many might say it is :

Isaiah 11: 6 The wolf will reside for a while with the lamb, And with the young goat the leopard will lie down, And the calf and the lion and the fattened animal will all be together; And a little boy will lead them.  7 The cow and the bear will feed together, And their young will lie down together. The lion will eat straw like the bull.  8 The nursing child will play over the lair of a cobra, And a weaned child will put his hand over the den of a poisonous snake.  9 They will not cause any harm Or any ruin in all my holy mountain, Because the earth will certainly be filled with the knowledge of Jehovah As the waters cover the sea.

Nicole Spada-Allgood
Nicole Spada-Allgood

@brenton vincenzes I know this is an old post, but to answer your questions dogs and bears are not as far apart evolutionarily as they could be. They are in the same clade/sub-order (Caniformes), but split into separate families (Ursidae and Canidae). They are about 92% similar on a sequence level. To put this in a more relatable perspective, this is comparable to ourselves (humans) and a genus of Old World monkeys called Macaques.

Judy Mercer
Judy Mercer

All beings love to be loved and treated well. 

L. Dolan
L. Dolan

Thats beautiful, so heartwarming,