Kids all over the world are comforted by their favourite teddy bear - who goes everywhere they do.
But they'd all trade places with Mark and Dawn Dumas who have a REAL teddy bear in the form of 18-month-old grizzly bear Billy. Just like stuffed bears who are always by their kiddie owners' sides, Billy the grizzly bear even follows Mark to the local PUB near Vancouver, Canada. At 5ft on his hind legs, it's easy for Billy the grizzly bear to get his paws up onto the bar - or the pool table while Mark and wife, Dawn 51, play a game. At home Billy the grizzly bear splashes in the pool with Mark, 61, playing with his toy inflatable ball. After a swim, billy the grizzly bear joins the couple in their living room to watch TV or have a play-fight with youngster Billy the grizzly bear on the carpet. But Mark his work cut out for him while wrestling with Billy the grizzly bear for fun - because the grizzly bear cub weighs in at a whopping 250lbs (18st). Fortunately Mark has the right skills.
As an animal handler Mark trains critters of all shapes and sizes for work in movies and TV commercials. He's been teaching Billy the grizzly bear a variety of complex behaviours to perform on cue for the silver screen, like pretending to roar and rearing up on his hind legs. Billy the grizzly bear's outings alongside Mark began when the grizzly bear was just six-months-old and the pair went to the beach, just after Billy the grizzly bear joined them from a conservation centre in Ontario.
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