Watch this man pal around with a 1,400 pound Kodiak bear

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 04:00PM


Jimbo is a 1,400 pound Kodiak bear, but from the way Jim Kowalczik plays with him, you would think he was as cuddly as a teddy bear.

Jimbo first came to the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Otisville, New York as a cub 21 years ago. He had been born in captivity and did not have the skills to survive in the wild, according to the center's Facebook page. Jimbo is a Kodiak bear and stands almost 10-feet-tall.

Kowalczik, the center's executive director, loves to play around with Jimbo and video of the two buddies hugging and playing has been viewed more than 12 million times since the center shared it to its Facebook page earlier this month.

When one person wondered about Kowalczik's safety around Jimbo, the center jokingly replied, "That's ok. We keep his insurance up to date."
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