In fact, Mark Abbot Dumas is the only man in the world who can touch a polar bear. Mark and his 60 year-old wife Dawn train the 60-stone (800lb) friendly beast – the world’s largest land predator – to star in high-budget TV adverts. Meanwhile, she has even performed in movies like ‘Alaska’ in 1995 when she was just a few weeks old. With his incredibly intimate bond Mark wrestles on the grass with Agee, kisses her, and puts his head in her huge jaws. He even bear hugs her as she rears up on her hind legs to over seven feet. Noteworthy, Mark and Dawn have owned Agee since she was six weeks old. Also, the colossal mammal even lived in their home as a cub where she played with the family dogs and was bottle fed.
“Agee 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”.
The only man in the world who can touch a polar bear