Man With Polar Bear Friend
Megan Mayer 1/11/2016
Mark Dumas is a 60-year-old polar bear handler from Abbotsford, British Columbia. He often goes for a morning swim in his pool, but he's not alone.
Agee, the polar bear, is 16 years old. She regularly joins Mark in the pool but also has fun in there on her own. In this video she can be seen running around with Mark, chasing him and being chased, wrestling and cuddling. Mark and his wife, Dawn, trained the 800-pound polar bear to star in television advertisements. Agee has also been in movies like Alaska (1995), when she was only a few weeks old.
The couple has owned Agee since she was six weeks old. As a cub Agee would play with the family dogs and be fed from bottles, but things have clearly changed. When she rears up on her hind legs, Agee is over seven feet tall, but Mark is still ready with a hug for her. Polar bears are the world's largest land predators, so it's lucky that Agee is so friendly and loving, and that she has such an intimate connection with Mark.