Grizzly Bear Gets Comfortable in Couple's Home

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Mark and Dawn Dumas have transformed their house into a real bear den. According to the (U.K.) Daily Mail, the couple is raising an 18-month-old grizzly bear named Billy in their Vancouver home.

The beary happy group is rather inseparable, with Billy following his owners to the TV room, pool and even the pub. The 5-foot animal loves resting his hind legs at the bar, or watching his owners shoot a game of pool.

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Mark treats the 250-pound bear like a son, wrestling with Billy and buying him presents, like his own teddy bear. Living with this unique roommate isn't all fun and games, though. The Dumases are training the bear for their animal-handling company, which provides skilled critters for movies and television.

To help Billy on his path to furry fame, Mark is teaching the bear entertaining tricks such as pretending to roar and standing on his hind legs. Billy has proved to be an excellent pupil.

"Billy is very intelligent and has a really good spirit. He is very good natured and he learns fast," Mark Dumas told the Daily Mail.

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The future star began taking outings into public when he was only 6 months old to help him become comfortable around other people. Now Billy has no problem palling around with bar regulars, or sharing a dip with friends in his backyard pool.

Until Billy is fully prepared for the responsibility of being in front of the camera, he will continue to live with the Dumas family in his expansive private enclosure.

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Hope they know how to play dead. Not long before a terrifying 911 call

August 31 2012 at 4:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just too cute and unbelievable at the same time! I love polar bears, they have always been my favorite animals.

August 31 2012 at 2:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i know a former special forces soldier who bought a female cougar cub and raised it to adulthood. he said when visitors were asked to call for the "house cat", they were horrified to see the mountain lion whip around the corner, running greet them. I told him he was lucky no one ever had a heart attack from that. he said she would brush up against him and others, just like a house cat would, but almost push them down. he has given the cat to friends when he started trucking, but I forgot to ask where he got that scare on his face. those cats can unintentionally wound with a playful nip at someone. he said she was loving and liked being around people

August 30 2012 at 10:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mitch Kessler

I'll bet it costs an arm and a leg to feed that beast (pun intended).

August 30 2012 at 10:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, they got the Dumb Asses part right.. They just spelled it all wrong.

August 30 2012 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They got the Dumb Asses part right, but they spelled it all wrong..

August 30 2012 at 9:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Now I know everyone would love to have wild animal pets, and it would cool, but this is how people die. That's how the Grizzly Man in that movie died in Alaska because he got to comfortable around these bears whom he thought were his friends. You hear about stories like these all the time, and rarely do they end well. I just hope these people are careful!

August 30 2012 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Dumasses go figure.

August 30 2012 at 9:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

But it"s such a friendly bear, it never killed anyone before this. Sooner or later that's what they will say.

August 30 2012 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is ignorance at it's best.

August 30 2012 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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