Animal trainer Mark Abbot Dumas claims that he is the only man in the world who can touch a polar bear. Don't believe him? Check out this series of photos co-staring his furry 16-year-old arctic sidekick Agee.

Dumas has been working with bears for 40 years, and credits his experience for allowing him to read Agee's body language. In other words DO NOT try this at home. Check out  photos of a truly close encounter with a polar bear below.