Arctic station worker films close encounter with polar bear

By Ben Hooper
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Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Russian workers at an Arctic station captured video of a curious polar bear that strolled up and sniffed a man's hand.

The video, filmed at an Arctic station on the island of Stobolvoi, shows the bear strolling up to some equipment where a man films it and talks to it.


The man calls the bear "Mishka" and lets it get close enough to smell his hand.

"Mishka, why do you come so close to us? Stop bullying in our territory," the man asks the bear.

The bear, which was not acting aggressively toward the man, leaves when some dogs run over to chase it away.

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