The bond between farm animals and their owners is a common sight, but there’s one extraordinary connection that stands out.
Meet Mark Dumas and Agee, a polar bear who sees no difference between herself and her human companion.
Weighing between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds, polar bears are not your typical house pets, but Agee and Mark have shared a unique friendship for 18 years.
Mark, a professional animal trainer for movies, first encountered Agee when he needed a polar bear for a film.
At the time, Agee was just eight weeks old and being raised in a zoo. Her mother, unable to care for her among 10 other cubs, led Mark to take on the responsibility of training her.
Their professional connection blossomed into something more, as Mark found himself deeply attached to Agee.
While he initially viewed it as just part of his job, Mark admitted to Animal Planet that he developed a strong emotional bond with the polar bear.
Mark wasn’t entirely convinced that Agee loved him back, but his wife Dawn insisted that the affection was mutual. Agee’s possessiveness became evident, she would display signs of displeasure if someone else garnered Mark’s attention.
Despite the unconventional relationship, Mark never felt threatened around Agee. In fact, when the polar bear is near, she emits a contented purring sound, signaling her comfort in Mark’s presence.
The duo’s inseparable bond continues to thrive, proving that love knows no bounds, even between a man and a polar bear.