Karleen Bradford in her book “Animal Heroes: 27 True Stories” tells the true story of Tuk the polar bear.
He was housed at Vancouver’s now defunct Stanley Park Zoo. In 1983, a young man threw a kitten into the polar bear’s pool.
Tuk rose, stretched, and then slid into the pool, surfacing moments later with the kitten held gently in his teeth.
He then lay by the pool, with the tiny kitten held protectively between his paws and licked it dry.
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In Memory of Tuk polar bear painting by artist Kim Hunter: www.kimhunter.ca/wildlife_paintings.htm