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Aug 06, 2008

Interspecies Snorgling—Canada Style

Here's what I think happened. This Polar Bear bear obviously saw the Interspecies Snorgling section of C.O. and decided to investigate his local options.

Tenative at first, the bear wandered over to a pack o' sled dogs in Canada's Hudson Bay and approached a Snorglee.


What followed next can only be described as a solid Husky Snorf™.


With one inhalation, the bear was hooked.


The public nomming displays kinda got outta control, drawing the attention of local photographers.


A great romance ensued, complete with chains [The sign of any great romance]


Polarbears_amazon I'm SURE everyone lived happily ever after. Snopes has verified this story, People. So it's tewtelly for reals. Photos by the fabulous Norbert Rosing.

P.S., Norbert is the same Dude who took this awesome shot, on the cover of his book. Holy Symmetrical Haunch Action!

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Awwww... I would love to snorgle a polar bear. I wanna curl up on top of that big fuzzy warm belly fur.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 03:10 PM

All that bear needs is a cigarette now!

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 03:13 PM

In the second photo, the dog is all, "Dude, WTF?"

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 03:15 PM

Meg, love the chain joke, LOL! Yeah, apparently the polar would come by everyday to play with the dogs while they were there, I think. Isn't that just neat? I love the last shot the best.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 03:23 PM

Lucky there was a camera nearby. Cos this was truly inexplicable and rare. I'm told that Polars are actually the meanest and most ravenous bears on Earth. Because they live in ice deserts, basically, they're on "perma-hungry aggressive" mode--plus they can chase through any conditions with great stamina. So it's a wow story for several reasons.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 03:35 PM

one of these pictures was in the new sceientist the other week... i believe it was in response to someone asking if speciies other than humans liked to cuddle :D

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 03:38 PM

Polar bears are terrifying! But huskies are cuddly. I snorfle mine, too. I actually like the way they smell. I mean, perfume it ain't, but it's warm and familiar. Like my SO's shirt after he's been wearing it all day. :)

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 03:44 PM

Sled dogs are incredibly cool dogs, with great personalities. I love to snorgle them, too!

Actually, I do wish I could snorgle a polar bear, but I guess that must remain a dream.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 03:55 PM

This is actually really bizarre, as polar bears are incredibly territorial and aggressive. It must've just eaten or something. Don't know what the explanation is, but at least we got some Cute out of it, no?

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 04:05 PM

Oh, and sled dogs are most definitely the best.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 04:06 PM


 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 04:11 PM

YES! Thanks for the shoutout to Canada! But it's perpetuating the stereotype that we all live in igloos!

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 04:32 PM

I'm staying at a Days Inn right now (alone) and I haven't seen these two checking in yet.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 04:51 PM

That is by far the best thing I have seen all day.

Giant posh polar!

Elle DoubleU
 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 04:58 PM

Wow! You can even see the friendly reaction in the dog from his tail - from submissive between the legs in the first picture to ploomped up again in the last one! uh-may-zing!

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 04:59 PM

I've heard that dogs and bears are related somehow. It is still interesting that these two chose to snuggle instead of going into attack mode. I'm so curious as to what is going on here, especially since the bear turned over into a submissive position! How cute is that!

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 05:28 PM

hurray for Canadian cuteness!! Roly-poly polar bears are tres cute!

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 05:36 PM

I like the fact that Berthaservant felt that he had to tell us he was alone, just to pre-empt the jokes that were sure to follow.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 06:19 PM

Who doesn't want to snorgle a Husky? Proof that Husky's are the sweetest pups evar.

(the original) Mel
 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 06:22 PM

I'm surprised CO didn't feature this already, this photo set has been circulating for ages! I love it though, especially the story behind it.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 06:24 PM

Hee hee, I don't think I've ever seen the word "Snorglee" (referring to the one who is to be snorgled) used here before.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 06:35 PM

i'm amazed. i am absolutely amazed. wow. supercute.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 07:51 PM

I did catch this years ago, and I understand the explanation is that sometimes, if certain submissive 'play' signals are demonstrated, then interspecies 'nomming' will occur. That's what you see there.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 08:03 PM

In the summer months when it is not breeding season this happens frequently. Unfortunately, in other times of the year the husky might be lunch or dinner. Great pics.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 08:08 PM

Wow!! I remember these pics from an issue of National Geographic from the late 80's or early 90's about animals at play.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 08:33 PM

I love these photos! The second one with its 'head-on-shoulder' action is really cool. It's such a trusting pose - either critter could chomp the neck of the other, and yet they cuddle instead. Awwwwwwww! *melts*

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 08:33 PM

okay, i've seen these awesome photos (and heard the story of the photog thinking his pupster was gonna be lunch, then he saw this happen instead!) and i thought it was here on CO...

am i hallucinating, or is this a double dip?

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 08:44 PM

either way, it's classic meg! LOL!!! thanks :)

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 08:46 PM

snorgleeeee is my new favorite word!

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 08:47 PM

Sorta reminds me of the film Brokeback Mountain somehow. Their love seems so forbidden but natural and well meaning if you get my meaning, well.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 09:00 PM

"and i think to myself
what a wonderful world..."

indeed, satchmo.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 10:22 PM

OK fine, but just remember that marriage is defined as one man and one woman. NOT one bear and one dog. This insults the institution of...oh never mind, they're Canadian. They're enlightened.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 10:35 PM

"Husky Snorf"!!!???!!!

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 10:50 PM

(TM) I'll have one in orange flavor, please.

 |  Aug 06, 2008 at 10:51 PM

Totally awesome photos!
Really amazing to read that it was a wild polar bear too considering the reputation they have of being mean as hell.

Very cute pictures! I'd totally do what the bear is doing in pic 2. Just snorfing the heck out of that dog's neck! :P heh

 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 12:32 AM

My second fave animal! ^_^

 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 12:33 AM

I think this polar bear isn't aggressive because it's still a big bebeh. He definitely isn't full-sized yet.

 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 12:54 AM

Aw, these pics do my heart good.

Hon Glad
 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 02:17 AM

I love love!

And I love the Husky Snorf (TM) but the Husky looks a lot more like an Akita to me.

 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 03:36 AM

A bi-polar bear!

 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 04:01 AM

Here we are, the two of us together ...
Takin’ this crazy chance to be all alone ...
We both know that we should not be together ...
‘Cause if we’re found out, it could mess up ....
Both our happy homes!
Secret lovers, that's what we arrrrree.......

 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 05:12 AM

to kool

 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 05:16 AM

My heart actually flopped over when I saw the shot of the polar on his back exposing belly in (do polar bears HAVE a) play mode?
To DLT: Just yesterday, driving around, I was remembering Satchmo & WW song. It often comes to mind when I'm feeling grateful for some situation that went well in my day. Thanks for bringing the song back into my next day, too!

 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 05:51 AM

In the last picture, the polar bear is all:
"Don't know how it was for you, but the ice moved for me, eh?"

 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 06:18 AM

Normally, when a polar exposes his/her belly like that it is to cool down because they are overheating.

 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 06:18 AM

I saw this a while ago. In the first picture, not shown here, are the bear and the dog, face to face. I first tought the bear was going to have a little dog treat.

 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 06:33 AM

LOL at Dub1!!

Jenn in IL
 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 06:49 AM

I still have that issue of National Geographic on my bookcase at work; it is the December 1994 issue. "Animals at Play" is an great article with amazing photos. Who knew that baby elephants wrestle on the ground like kittens?

 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 06:51 AM

Oh, they're exchanging snorgles. Cute!!

 |  Aug 07, 2008 at 06:51 AM

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