Guys, if you’re constantly on social media, you’re no stranger to videos of animals, prey and predators in nature, being best friends with each other.
The Polar Bear Who Wanted to be Friends with a Dog
In fact, the following video of a polar bear petting a sled dog at Mile 5 Dog Sanctuary in Churchill, Manitoba, was so heartwarming it garnered over 2.6 million views in a matter of days:
The person who caught this touching moment on film, David De Meulles of Manitoba, was so amazed by the sight.
De Meulles said, “I’ve known the bears to have somewhat friendly behaviour with the dogs, but for a bear to pet like a human would pet a dog is just mind-blowing.”
But the story took a darker turn
And just when you think everything is alright in the world, news of a dog being killed and eaten in the sanctuary broke just days after this heartwarming video was uploaded online and went viral.
Charlie Ladoon, who runs the sanctuary, admitted that at the time of its demise, the dog was chained up just like the dog in the video.
“That was the only day we didn’t f–king feed them”
Conservation officers were called in to remove three polar bears from the sanctuary. One of the polar bears had killed and eaten a sled dog.
The other two were removed because the sanctuary was feeding the polar bears.
Under Manitoba’s Endangered Species and Ecosystem Act, people are not allowed to feed the polar bears so as not to interfere with the “natural order” of the species.
The dog breeder allegedly confirmed that he ‘takes care’ of the polar bears to keep them from preying on his animals.
As for his comment towards the incident? “That was the only day we didn’t feed the f**king bears, the only night we didn’t put anything out.”
Likely because the polar bear is hungry
An adjunct professor at the University of Alberta, Ian Stirling, criticised the dog breeder for keeping his dogs on chains and making them vulnerable to predators.
He deduced that the bear attacked simply because he was hungry.
So don’t go crazy watching these videos and start losing common sense, like the Chinese lady who was mauled by a tiger after getting out of her car at a safari in Beijing before turning around to demand 1.5 million yuan as compensation.
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