From Daniel Howlett @DanHowlett85
Duration: 24:07 Minutes
Distributor: Barcroft Media
Three such characters are featured in a brand new Barcroft Original Documentary, ‘There’s a Polar Bear in My Pool,’ about people who live with the world’s largest land predators.
From a family who train the huge animals for the movies to a couple of surfing cubs - the exclusive documentary will show exactly what it is like to have a bear in your back yard.
Johnny Welde and his family raise and wrestle 13 of the huge mammals from their Florida home with some weighing a staggering 900lbs and standing at 8ft tall.
Amazingly, in Canada’s British Columbia, bear trainer Mark Dumas swims and wrestles with an 800lb polar bear named Aggy.
But not all of the pet bears are quite so fearsome – take Carl Bovard’s two baby bears Bruiser and Honey who love nothing more than to swim and surf in the garden of his Florida home.
Johnny’s family have been raising bears for the movie industry for almost 90 years and he even enlisted the help of his son, Johnny Junior, who has been handling the bears since he was three-years-old.
Johnny’s wife, Monica, said: "We knew what these animals were capable of and we could read them - we would never put our children in danger.
“In the wild, bears can be dangerous animals - but the relationship we have with them is built up over years of living with them, 365 days a year.
“We live and breathe these animals, we love them and they are a part of us.
“The Welde bears have been in the Beverly Hillbillies show, The Lucy Show, Petticoat Junction, Two Little Bears with Eddie Albert and various Disney movies.”
The family train the bears to do different tricks based on their personalities and the movements they like to do.
In Canada, Mark Dumas believes he is the only man alive who can swim and sleep with a full size adult polar bear.
With their incredibly intimate bond, Agee even bear hugs Mark as she rears up on her hind legs to over seven feet.
And when the wrestling has tired both the animal expert and his amazing pet out, they both take a nap together inside Agee's enclosure.
"If anyone else tried this they would end up as Agee's dinner," added Mark.
"The only people in the whole world she likes are my wife and I.
"I have worked with bears in this way for over 40 years so I can read Agee's body language and know how to behave safely around her.
"But Agee is the boss and it's her rules that count."
While Carl’s babies may not pack the same punch as Mark and Johnny’s bears - Honey and Bruiser can still cause trouble.
Carl added: “Some people may think it’s fun to feed baby bears but you can get some nasty scratches.
“These guys go through six or seven bottles a day and we keep them on the formula – which is expensive – for as long as we can as it’s part of the bonding process.
“Once they’re finished with this then they like to cool off in the pool and even have a surf.”