Polar bear filmed patting sled dog in Canada

The video has proved hugely popular online, garnering more than 200,000 views on YouTube (David De Meulles)
The video has proved hugely popular online, garnering more than 200,000 views on YouTube (David De Meulles)

An incredible video of a polar bear tenderly patting a husky dog in the Canadian city of Manitoba has made waves across the world.

The incredible footage was filmed by David De Meulles, a part-time tour guide who happened to be showing tourists round his hometown of Churchill when he came across the scarcely believable scene.

Polar bears are known to frequent the town - but it still very much took Mr De Meulles by surprise.

"I've known the bears to have somewhat friendly behaviour with the dogs, but for a bear to pet like a human would pet a dog is just mind-blowing," he told CBC.

"It was a beautiful sight to see, and I just can't believe an animal that big would show that kind of heart toward another animal."

The footage shows the large bear, which totally dwarfs the husky in size, approaching curiously and stretching out a paw to stroke its back.

After giving it a sniff and a few more pats, the polar bear then backs away and normal service is resumed.

The video has proved hugely popular online, garnering more than 200,000 views on YouTube.

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