The Ultimate Bear Hug: Man Cuddles 1,500-Pound Bear

(ANIMAL VIDEO/WILDLIFE/BEARS) The video above shows a rare love fest between an unexpected pair: 59-year-old Jim Kowalczik and Jimbo, a 22-year-old bear who he raised from an injured cub to a 1,500-pound, 9-foot-tall companion. Jim and his wife founded the Orphaned Wildlife Center, a nonprofit rehabilitation center in Otisville, New York, where they house and rehabilitate bears, horses, deer, and squirrels. Jimbo is one of 11 bears who were brought to the 100-acre facility as cubs suffering from injuries that left them unable to survive in the wild. Watch as he licks Jim’s face and gives him a big, ol’ bear hug! — Global Animal