Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Young Australian Bear a 'Polar Picasso,' Says Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Young Australian Bear a 'Polar Picasso,' Says Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat

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Ontario polar bear tries paw at painting

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COCHRANE, Ont. - A northern Ontario polar bear reserve is calling their latest acquisition a "Polar Picasso."

The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat says Henry -- a nearly three-year-old bear from Australia -- has tried his paw at painting.

Habitat manager Karen Cummings says his first session was with red and blue paint -- the colours of the Australian flag in honour of Henry's homeland.

Cummings says one of his first five paintings was sent to Sea World, Australia "in appreciation of their trust in us to care for this extremely precious gift."

Henry's first painting muse was pig fat -- non-toxic paint was spread near the opening to a holding room, then art paper was placed in strategic locations, interspersed with Henry's treats. …

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