We've all heard of swimming with dolphins, but what about swimming with a polar bear? CBC News reports about one man in British Columbia who does just that.
Mark Dumas, 60, of Abbotsford, B.C., takes a dip every morning with his polar bear "Agee," a female who has been in his family for 17 years, since she was a cub. She could easily live for two more decades.
Agee weighs nearly 800 pounds. "I don't worry about her possibly hurting me," Dumas says.
Raised in captivity, Agee is something of a movie star, as North America's only trained polar bear. At just a few weeks old, she appeared in the 1995 movie "Alaska," and CBC shows a clip of her walking down city streets in a more recent Nissan commerical.
"She's still a wild animal," Dumas tells CBC News. "At certain times of the day she's a little cranky." At that point he'll leave her alone. "She'll usually take a nap, she comes out and she's in a good mood," he says.
Unfortunately, the film industry hasn't been calling on Agee for a lot of appearances recently, and the costs have been racking up for Dumas. "So what do you do when your daughter is costing you a lot of money? Do you throw her out in the street? No, you just have to deal with it," he tells CBC.