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Claim: Photographs show an encounter between a polar bear and some sled dogs.
Examples: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
These particular pictures (and some of the text) were lifted from a talk and accompanying
We note that although these photographs are genuine, the interpretation of what they depict is somewhat subjective. Although most lay observers would characterize the activity shown in these images as "play," animal behavioralists differ as to whether it truly constitutes play (i.e., activity engaged in purely for pleasure) or whether that description is an anthropomorphization of more instinctive, survival-based behaviors.
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