Dog-Petting Polar Bear Eats Husky, Ruins Internet's Joy
A dog-petting polar bear recently had the internet in awe as many watched the two animals bond. However, it has since been reported that a polar bear (it's unclear if it's the same bear) actually ate a husky from the same pack that same day, sending those sweet moments far, far away.
According to Science Alert, the initial footage was taken in Churchill, Canada, and showed a polar bear sitting next to a dog, petting him with one of his large front paws. Hours later, however, there a very different story occurred. A polar bear living near the Mile 5 Dog Sanctuary in Churchill was spotted eating a dog alive.
"That was the only day we didn't feed the f--king bears, the only night we didn't put anything out," said Mile 5 owner, Brian Ladoon.
And now, there could be serious consequences for these polar bears.
"Conservation officers had to immobilize a bear in that area last week and move it to the holding facility because it killed one of his dogs. A mother and cub were also removed because there were allegations the bears were being fed and the females' behavior was becoming a concern," explained a Manitoba Sustainable Development spokesperson.
Since polar bears are considered endangered species, it's very possible that Ladoon could face serious punishment. The law clearly states that it is illegal to feed wild polar bears, which means that Ladoon will have to discontinue his practices -- and that means that these polar bears will be forced to fend for food on their own.
"It's basically a death sentence for the bears," said Ian Stirling, an expert on Arctic and Antarctic ecology from the University of Alberta.
Ladoon asked the government for a parcel of land after his noticed polar bears were "swarming" the property where he had been breeding his dogs. At first, Ladoon didn't get a response. According to the report, he shot a polar bear and "cut off its head and mailed it to the natural resources office in Winnipeg." He was then granted access to the land.
Over the years, however, Ladoon has lost quite a few dogs to polar bears. It makes the very sweet videos of the two animals interacting a bit less sweet, doesn't it?