(UPI) A photographer in Manitoba, Canada, captured unusual footage of a polar bear visiting with a sled dog and pawing at the canine in apparent affection.
The filmer said they were looking for polar bears to photograph when they came across the bear visiting a chained-up sled dog outside of Churchill.
"We nervously waited to see how the situation would unfold as there have been reports of polar bears killing [dogs] before," the filmer wrote. This bear seemed to genuinely want to play with his canine friend despite being overly strong and a bit rough. The dog came out of it unscathed and didn't appear to mind the visit. The bear eventually continued on to look for food.
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A polar bear was previously caught on camera playing with a chained-up dog in Manitoba in 2016. The video led to controversy after three polar bears were later removed from the property after killing and eating another of the owner's dogs.Copyright 2018 by United Press International