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It was so common for vikings to keep bears as pets that they were known as house bears. They were often allowed to just walk around like dogs, causing so much damage it eventually became illegal to keep bears in Iceland. Some royals were even crazy enough to keep polar bears.

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15th January 2021
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1 month ago #9852850        
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I was honestly expecting Grandfather to be bringing Fenrir.


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1 month ago #9852857        
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Denmark has a "Dansk gårdhund". Norway has a "Buhund". I am not sure about Sweden. The reason we dont keep polar bears as pets in Denmark anymore is global warming. It would be unethical to keep them in warm climate. Furthermore, their daily walks was a pain in the arse, since they easily walks 3000 km a year! In Sweden they stopped keeping bears because of IKEA. They are just a bit too heavy to keep at home if your furniture is made of low grade plywood. Norway fund out the hard way, that bears and trolls fits like ... well cats and dogs, and since the Norwegian housetroll is very popular, they had to get rid of the bears.


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Dan


1 month ago #9852848        
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Let me say that Black Bears are harmless sweeties (unless they have cubs). Shame on everyone who hunts them.

Grizzlies and Kodiaks are to be admired and respected.


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1 month ago #9853191        
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If bears are not pet material then why are they so cute? Checkmate Norway

1 month ago #9852936        
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Russians are not much better:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv76ekNtcBo

Other people have huskies. That guys has a bear...

1 month ago #9852925        
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There have never been bears in Iceland, let alone as pets. Just some polar bears that get stuck on icebergs that drift to Iceland

1 month ago #9852917        
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There's really not much viking brutality left, but interesting pets are still there. No more bears, but Norway instead has a penguin as Colonel-in-Chief of the King's Guard nowadays. His name is Nils-Olaf and he resides in Edinburgh Zoo.

1 month ago #9852872        
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I can actually see the point of keeping a semi-domesticated bear...

Given the critters are pretty territorial, the house-bear would keep other bears at bay, by scent alone....
Of course it's a bit of a nuclear deterrence option, but once upon a time some smart cookies figured out that keeping *wolves* around would keep the other wolf packs at bay..

I can understand Iceland banning the practice, though.. Not that much useable real estate there, so it was pretty quickly *really* densely populated. Having house-bears running amok 'round the neighbours' yard gets old pretty fast..


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1 month ago #9852868        
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Looks like Iceland
Couldn't bear it


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1 month ago #9852844        
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Meanwhile North Pole is wondering where her bear went

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