Swimming With a Polar Bear
Meet the only man on Earth that can swim with a Polar Bear. Mark Abbot Dumas is a professional animal trainer so don’t try this one the next time you visit your local zoo. The fearless animal trainer has spent years domesticating Agee and has trained the bear from infancy. A celebrity in her own right, Agee has appeared in television and movies. Seen here, she goes for dip in a swimming pool with her trainer Mark. The now 16-year-old 7 foot polar bear enjoy a watery cuddle while swimming in the pool.
‘If anyone else tried this they would end up as Agee’s dinner,’ said Mark.
‘The only people in the whole world she likes are me and my wife.
‘I have worked with bears in this way for over 40 years, so I can read Agee’s body language and know how to behave safely around her.
‘Agee has rules and we are always working inside those.’
‘She lived inside our home for the first few weeks and we hand-reared her,’ said Mark.
‘Eventually a time came when she was so big we had to move her outside into her own enclosure.’
Now Agee spends her time living in her new enclosure on rented land near Mark and Dawn’s home in Abbotsford, and on the road working on TV and film sets.
At home, Mark enjoys ‘play time’ with her.
‘Earlier in the morning she’s more playful and relaxed and she lets me roll around with her.
‘We wrestle for fun and sometimes we fall asleep on her grassy lawn together. It’s a great way to unwind after a bad day.