Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Polar Bear Alert

We knew our trip to Churchill, Manitoba was a holiday because polar bears don't drink. The trip involved a scenic 48-hour train journey from Winnipeg, then four days in various tundra vehicles checking out some very healthy looking bears. At this time of year they gather in Churchill (seasonal pop. 700 humans, 1300 bears). There they wait until Hudson Bay freezes over so that they can head out on the ice and spend the winter fattening up on seals. 
They actually get along with the eskimo dogs (as this rare breed--which are not huskies--is called). These two went opposite directions moments after I took this photo.