Mark Dumas is purported to be the world’s only person that can get up close and personal with a polar bear. The 60-year-old Canadian and his wife, Dawn, have been training 800-pound Agee since birth for work in film and television.
Mark and Agee are very close — they playfully wrestle, give each other hugs, and even go swimming together. In fact, as a cub, Agee lived in the Dumas home, was bottle-fed, and played with the family’s dogs.
The pair share a bond that no other human has matched. So how do they do it? Dumas told the Sun newspaper last year that, “I have worked with bears for 40 years, so I can read Agee’s body language and know how to behave safely.”
What do you think about their bond? Is it a touching case of man and beast getting along, or is it problematic that Agee has been around people her whole life and is trained for entertainment?