BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA - UNDATED: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Adult Spirit Bear or Kermode Bear (Ursus americanus kermodei) by stream fishing for salmon on Gribbell Island, Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada. It is startling enough to come face to face with a bear in the wild, but to then discover that it is an incredibly unusual white ÔSpirit BearÕ makes it an exceedingly special encounter. Lucky wildlife photographer and writer Nick Garbutt got within five metres with this spirit bear in British Columbia in Canada. After some sniffing, posturing and a little thought the bear decided that Nick was nothing to be concerned about and went back to fishing for salmon, allowing Nick to get these superb shots. The Spirit Bear, a distinct and rare genetic variant of the more common and widely distributed Black Bear, is an extraordinary sight, appearing to glow Òghost-likeÓ in the dark, primordial forests it inhabits. In the Great Bear Rainforest of British Colombia, there is only one ÔSpirit BearÕ for every 10 regular Black Bears, so Nick believes he encountered one of only around 300 in the world. PHOTOGRAPH BY www.nickgarbutt.com / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 564 8159 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 114 653 2118 W www.barcroftindia.com Australasian & Pacific Rim Office, Melbourne. E info@barcroftpacific.com T +613 9510 3188 or +613 9510 0688 W www.barcroftpacific.com (Photo by www.nickgarbutt.com / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.” – Henry Beston


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