Interspecies Fun: Grizzly and Dog Playdate

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These two goofballs are a blast to watch, and it’s rare to see a Grizzly this big play so gently with a dog.

A description from the videographer:  He was found at a roadside zoo that was closing down, just a few weeks old. It was clear even then that he was a “differently-abled” bear.  As we watched him play, sweetly, innocently, not too coordinated, not too quick on the draw, the name just came out – Humble Bumble.

Life scares him. Anything new scares him. Without encouragement he would rock himself endlessly in a corner. But he trusts his mentor Boychuk the German Shepherd. It was Boychuk who gave him the courage to go to the Wildlife Garden and play. To see the care and affection with which he plays with Boychuk, holding back his strength, adds a new dimension to one’s perception of grizzly bears. Humble Bumble is a bear of character.

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20 thoughts on “Interspecies Fun: Grizzly and Dog Playdate”

  1. Makes you wonder why humans cant get along as well as animals. These two defy instinct and bonded as buds. Thanks for sharing

  2. I had a Shepherd mix with extremely bad hips. After trying everything to get her relief, the vet suggested getting another dog. In came our first greyhound – Bus. Bus quickly sized up the situation and became Sagan’s personal trainer. He encouraged her to exercise, and go just a few steps farther than Sagan would have gone on her own. In no time, Sagan walked without a limp…and remained healthy for another 10 years. Animals sense what we cannot about the differently-abled. And animals have no prejudice about it, either.

  3. What a wonderful world this would be if man would learn from these beautiful creatures instead of trying to destroy them…there would be many “Happy Days” for all of us. Thanks for sharing! 🙂


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