Massive polar bear gently pets sled dog in Canada

CHURCHILL, Manitoba — A touching scene on the tundra showed a giant polar bear being downright friendly with a sled dog in Manitoba.

The dog was tied up when the giant predator approached and sat down next to it.

David De Meulles shot the video over the weekend, according to CBC News, and posted it on YouTube.

“I had no idea what was going to happen, and then sure enough he started petting that dog, acted like he was a friend,” CBC News quoted De Meulles as saying. “For a bear to pet [a dog] like a human would pet a dog is just mind-blowing.”

The bear actually nuzzles the dog a bit as they sit on the rocky shore.

At first, the dog doesn’t seem to mind having the massive carnivore invading its personal space, but after awhile, the dog gets up, shakes itself off and tries to walk away.

Even then, the dog doesn’t seem anxious or afraid; more like mildly annoyed.

According to CBC, Brian Ladoon has been raising a rare breed of Inuit sled dog on his land for more than 40 years and has seen polar bears interact with the dogs before.

Ladoon told CBC that for the most part, they get along strangely well. However, he described the dogs as “primitive and fearless” and said they will put “nasty” bears in their place.