Painting polar bear creating works of art in northern Ontario
Ganuk the polar bear plays with a tube in a handout photo, released on Thursday Jan. 17, 2013. (Polar Bear Habitat, S. Hanna)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, January 17, 2013 7:00AM EST
COCHRANE, Ont. -- How do you get a polar bear to paint?
The keepers at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat in northern Ontario say very carefully -- and with a lot of peanut butter.
The keepers spread Ganuk's favourite treat on walls in his holding pen and place various colours of edible, non-toxic paints near the entrance and paper on the floor.
Once Ganuk has circled the pen a few times, he's coaxed out of the pen so his artwork can be retrieved.
Ganuk's original art is priced between $50 for an unframed piece to $130 for one that's large and framed.
Zoos have long used painting as an activity for primates and elephants, but the Cochrane facility believes it's the only one currently painting with polar bears.