Sure, there may be people who live in the arctic regions who *hang out* with polar bears, but Mark Dumas is the only man who actually legally owns one as a pet. That’s right, “Mark, 60, and wife Dawn, 49, from Abbotsford, British Columbia (BC), Canada, train the polar bear – the world’s largest land predator – to star in high-budget TV adverts.” Continue reading for a video and more information.
According to The Daily Mail, here’s how it all started: “With links to Hollywood through previous work with animals, Mark was approached by director Fraser Heston – the son of screen legend Charlton – 16 years ago. Heston needed a polar bear cub for his forthcoming film Alaska and Mark found Agee – a surplus cub at Kolmarden Zoo, Sweden. Mark and Dawn went through a lengthy application to show they had the facilities to care for her. After being approved they transported the tiny cub – seen here at their old family home in Mission, BC, just after her arrival – to Canada.”