Henry, 'Polar Picasso', paints with his paws at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat
Proceeds from the sale of bear paintings goes to conservation and care of the animals
Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh — and Henry?
A polar bear at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat has been dipping his paws into the art supplies.
Henry, the nearly-2-year-old 600 lb bear, was introduced to "painting" by his keepers, who claim the bear is "enriched" by the playful activity.
"[He] seemed to enjoy the new smell and feel of paint on his paws," said Conservation Co-ordinator Dylan McCart in a press release.
"At first he wasn't sure if he should eat it or walk through it, but he got the hang of it quickly."
In a hat tip to Australia — the country from which Henry came — the non-toxic pig-fat paint the bear used was red and blue, the colours of the Australian flag.
Paintings by the bears at the habitat are for sale, with proceeds going "towards the conservation and care of polar bears."
Interested in acquiring a piece by Henry? His very first work is for sale.