Bears and Buggies

In two weeks I’ll be back on the tundra in Churchill, Manitoba helping out our friends from Polar Bears International as we broadcast into classrooms from all around the world.  We’ll stay at the lodge (see picture to the left) and I bet it will look a lot more like winter by then.

With arctic winds roaring outside and polar bears waiting for the ice, I’m personally thankful that we get to stay up in the air a bit on a tundra buggy.  It’s quite a bit safer, don’t you think?

The polar bears do come pretty close to the tundra buggies though as you can see in the picture to the right.  They are very curious animals and have an amazing sense of smell.  On occasion, they will come extremely close to the buggy and you get some really cool pictures.

Take a look at the picture below that I took last year from the back of the tundra buggy.  Look closely.

What do you think that polar bear is thinking?  I’d love to hear your “captions” for the picture below.  Leave your creative captions in the comments section.

Just to help give you some idea of where this is, check out the short video.  The polar bear is actually coming under the tundra buggy and we’re seeing the bear through a grate on the back deck of the buggy.

52 comments… add one

  • Destiny October 23, 2013, 1:01 pm

    the Polar bear is probably thinking is that a cage or a wall??????

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  • gaby October 23, 2013, 2:00 pm

    i think he is thinking GET ME OUT OF HERE

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  • Aniston October 23, 2013, 6:16 pm

    He is probably scared… but i bet he is cute…..

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  • Josiah October 23, 2013, 8:07 pm

    “Help me!! Get me out of here!!! I can’t get out!” That’s probably what he’s thinking.

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    • Logan October 26, 2013, 2:07 am

      and hes probally like “what is this thing?!?! why cant i get through?!?! ” :D

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  • Jeanette Edelstein October 23, 2013, 8:49 pm

    Hey Everyone! So glad you’re posting some comments… made us realize the picture is a little hard to interpret. That adorable bear is not in a cage at all, but is walking freely and safely underneath the research buggy, just trying to satisfy some curiosity about the weird vehicle visiting the tundra. Lance is looking for a video to post so you can get a better idea of the surroundings.

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  • Josiah October 23, 2013, 9:32 pm

    Really?

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    • Jeanette Edelstein October 23, 2013, 9:37 pm

      Really!

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      • Logan October 26, 2013, 2:09 am

        Where will he post the video? Or at least when Lance finds it

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        • Jeanette October 28, 2013, 3:03 pm

          He’ll post it right on our blog. If he can’t dig it up before he leaves for the tundra, he’ll take fresh video next week and post that, I’m sure!

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  • Joe October 23, 2013, 11:44 pm

    Hey Lance

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  • Tyler October 24, 2013, 2:21 pm

    Bear vs. Cage who will win

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    • Logan October 26, 2013, 2:10 am

      Probally cage although a black bear would have a good chance against the cage! :D

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    • DuWesong October 29, 2013, 1:31 am

      OF COURSE THE CAGE!!!!

      # I LOVE BEARS^_^

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  • Annabelle October 24, 2013, 9:04 pm

    The polar bear is probably wondering why those poor people are caged up.

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  • W October 25, 2013, 3:50 pm

    Bears!

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  • Priyanka October 26, 2013, 2:08 am

    Bears are soooooooo cool. They might be wondering what the trailer is.

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Katelyne October 26, 2013, 3:32 pm

    WOW! I wonder what that polar bear is thinking

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  • Bob October 28, 2013, 12:50 pm

    SOOOOOOOOOOO cute

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  • idaearyah October 28, 2013, 3:58 pm

    he is probably looking around like where is my mommy and then like is this even home lol

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  • F October 28, 2013, 4:01 pm

    to be honest i feel bad for him and i hope he finds a way home b/c he is looking like \where is my mommy\ and \is this even home\ lol cute and sad st same time

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  • F October 28, 2013, 4:02 pm

    aww i feel so bad i did not even want to read the article did they kidnap the bear or something the picture looked so sad that i did not want to read the article

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    • Jeanette October 28, 2013, 8:12 pm

      I so appreciate your compassion for this bear. Don’t worry, though: this bear is free and in its natural habitat. It’s the humans in the tundra buggy that are “trapped” (though voluntarily and for safety). Definitely read the article and watch for updates from our team member, Lance, as he visits with scientists on the tundra and they update on the polar bears there.

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  • Grace October 28, 2013, 5:31 pm

    Hes or She is probaly thinking am I dead ? Or Why did it have to be ME ?

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    • Jeanette October 28, 2013, 8:13 pm

      Hi Grace. You show great capacity for empathy by imagining what the bear is thinking: “Why did it have to be ME?” Don’t worry, though, as I mentioned in the comment above, this bear has not been captured. He or she is merely wandering around the tundra buggy… being curious.

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  • Dinah October 28, 2013, 10:37 pm

    Awwwww!!!! The bear is soooooo cute!!! I bet he’s thinking “What the heck? All I wanted was some food, but I get a car full of PEOPLE!!! SHEESH!!!!”

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  • DuWesong October 29, 2013, 1:29 am

    OMG! A bear vs. a cage of course a cage, because bears are buff and strong but a cage seriously a cage made of iron. I know right!

    # I LOVE BEARS ^_^

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  • nautica October 29, 2013, 2:18 pm

    what kind of title is bears and buggies and its SOOOOOOOOOO
    cute

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  • H October 29, 2013, 4:02 pm

    so cute the buggies are cool

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  • Shane October 30, 2013, 2:16 pm

    The buggy is cool. Looks like a train. The POLAR express! haha

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  • Sam October 30, 2013, 2:41 pm

    bears like er mah gerd wat iz dis oh god not sure if i shuld panic or keep calm :`(

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  • TRINITY October 30, 2013, 5:57 pm

    he is probably thinking that they are going to feed him.

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  • tessa October 31, 2013, 3:45 pm

    awsome

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  • Sequoia October 31, 2013, 5:52 pm

    I think that animals should run free, not be stuck in a cage waiting for their next meal. It is sad that us humans are taking their homes and food for ourselves.
    LONG LIVE THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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    • Jeanette October 31, 2013, 7:14 pm

      Hi Sequoia. Thanks for your thoughts on animals in cages. Just wanted to assure you that this polar bear is not in a cage — although I can see how you would think that from the picture. The text makes it clear that he or she is roaming around free and checking out the Tundra Buggy from underneath. (Actually, the human scientists are the ones “caged” for their safety as they roam the tundra studying polar bears in the wild).

      Tune in to one of our webcasts next Tuesday or Wednesday, if you want to learn more. You can register and see the session details at this web address: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8883574009.

      Take care!

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  • Abbye November 3, 2013, 1:23 am

    The polar bear is probably thinking,”Help me! I am very hungry! Somebody HELP!!!!!”

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  • monica November 4, 2013, 12:36 am

    bears are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • monica November 4, 2013, 8:19 pm

    are there going to be any other articles on bears

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  • MC November 4, 2013, 11:00 pm

    SO HELPLESS IN A CAGE

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  • Jeanette November 4, 2013, 11:14 pm

    Hi MC. Please see the post and comments above — the bear is not in a cage. He or she is roaming freely on the tundra… just underneath the tundra buggy, which has that cage-like floor in some places. Thanks for caring!

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  • Alex November 8, 2013, 3:56 pm

    This is a very good article at first I thought it was in a cage :D

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  • monica November 8, 2013, 7:05 pm

    bears are awesome but i like dolphins also

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  • Teranova November 20, 2013, 6:39 pm

    cool this is fun:)

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  • alyssa November 21, 2013, 8:40 pm

    that bear is more than likely dehdrated / very hot its a polar bear in the country like rly lol SAVE HIM/ HER

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  • Kaylee November 21, 2013, 8:43 pm

    he is like “WHA WHA WHA WAIT ALL I WAS DOING IS WAS SLEEPING AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER/POPPARATZI HAS TO COME REALLY, COM’ ON NOW !!!!!

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  • Ashley November 22, 2013, 7:36 pm

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  • Ethan December 11, 2013, 10:14 pm

    wow polar bears again is it like our national animal?

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