Utah's Hogle Zoo caught its polar bears, Nora and Hope, play fighting together

By Kelli Bender
February 27, 2018 03:05 PM

There’s debate on whether dogs watch and understand TV, but this video is proof that polar bears enjoy ’70s auteur cinema, or at least the 1975 Steven Spielberg film Jaws.

A keeper at Utah’s Hogle Zoo recently captured the facility’s polar bears Nora and Hope recreating the opening scene of the big, bad shark movie.

In the video, Hope sneakily surges towards Nora’s bum, like a shark approaching its next meal, and gives the bear a surprising love bite. Nora doesn’t stay dazed for long. She answers Hope’s roughhousing with a few friendly chomps of her own.

“Surely neither was hurt as they continued to play like this,” the zoo wrote on Facebook. “Nora had her fair shares of leading the attack just like Hope. No bears or relationships were harmed in the making of this video.” 

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This little snippet is a reminder of just how silly and personable these bears can be, but the wild animals also need our help. Visit Polar Bears International to learn how you can help these majestic, arctic animals on International Polar Bear Day.