National Geographic : 1994 Dec
THE END SEEMED VERY NEAR for Hudson, a Canadian Eskimo dog tethered near the shore of Hudson Bay east of Churchill, Manitoba. A thousand-pound polar bear was lumbering toward the dog and about 40 others, the prized possessions of Brian Ladoon, a hunter and trapper. It was mid-November 1992; ice had not yet formed on the bay, and the open water prevented bears from hunting their favorite prey, seals. So this bear had been virtually fasting for four months. Surely a dog was destined to become a meal. The bear closed in. Did Hudson howl in terror and try to flee? On the contrary. He wagged his tail, grinned, and actually bowed to the bear, as if in invitation. The bear responded with enthusiastic body language and nonag gressive facial signals. These two normally antagonistic species were speaking the same language: "Let's play!" The romp was on. For sev eral minutes dog and bear wrestled and cavorted. Once ALLBY NORBERTROSING the bear completely wrapped himself around the dog like a friendly white cloud (top). Bear and dog then embraced, as if in sheer abandon (bottom). Overheated by his smaller playmate's shenanigans, the bear lay down and called for a time-out (far left).