Polar Bear-baiting is a
bloodsport involving the
Perhaps, due to the infrequent occurrences of the baiting of Polar Bears, few
written citations can be found.
In the book:
- Jesse, George R. (1866). Researches into the History of the British
Dog, 2 vols. London: Bobert Hardwicke.
The following occurrence is cited.
- "The Spanish Ambassador is much delighted in
bear-baiting. He was the last week at
Paris Garden, London, where they showed him all the pleasures they could
with bull, bear and horse and then turned a
bear into the
Thames, where the dogs baited him swimming; which was the best sport of
The Daily Advertiser,
carried this advertisement:
- "At the particular request of several persons of distinction, the
sea-bear, which has been seen and admired by the curious in most parts
will be baited at Mr. Broughton's amphitheatre, this day being the 29th
instant. the creature is now supposed to be arrived at his utmost strength
and perfection; and though there never yet was one of this kind baited in
Europe, it is not doubted, from his uncommon size, excessive weight and more
than savage fierceness, but he will afford extraordinary entertainment and
behave himself in such a manner as to fill those who are lovers of the
diversion of this kind with delight and astonishment. Any person who brings
a dog will be admitted gratis."
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