Grizzly man Mark Abbot Dumas is the only man in the world who can touch a polar bear. The fearless animal trainer even goes for a dip in a swimming pool where he and 16-year-old polar bear Agee enjoy a watery cuddle together. Back on dry land, he wrestles with the 60-stone (800lb) beast in her enclosure and bravely lets Agee clamp her huge jaws around his head.
Agee and Mark exchange kisses while relaxing on the grass.
Mark nestles up to Agee and takes a nap.
Mark takes a picture of his ginormous pal as they take a swim together.
Mark and Agee take some time out from training and relax on the grass.
Mark turns the tables on Agee and gives her a bear hug.
Agee clamps her jaws around Mark’s neck in an amazing demonstration of just how much he trusts the huge bear.
Mark and Dawn took Agee on when she was just eight weeks old. Mark, 60, and wife Dawn, 49, from Abbotsford, British Columbia (BC), Canada, trained the polar bear – the world’s largest land predator – to star in high-budget TV advertisements. She even appeared in movies like Alaska in 1995 when she was just a few weeks old.
‘If anyone else tried this they would end up as Agee’s dinner,’ said Mark. ‘The only people in the whole world she likes are me and my wife. I have worked with bears in this way for over 40 years, so I can read Agee’s body language and know how to behave safely around her.”
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