Being typically skeptical of most things I see, even stuff in general, I had to do a little investigation into a forward I got about a few pictures of a polar bear playing with a sled dog.
First I searched for the forward title, but that brought up way too many duplicated entries just posting the same forward itself — which is, in a sense, illegal, since the images are copyrighted and photographers generally make their money from selling images, not forwarding them to friends all day. Instead, I hunted up just “Norbert Rosing” which brought up a Polar Bear picture book and general stuff about him, but when I combined both names (adding “Stuart Brown”) mentioned in the email (to see whether there was some other connection to their names than the forwarded note’s suggestion), Snopes popped up on the third entry no less. The talk that the article cites, however, is available here via a public radio stream service.
The Snopes article cites the email to be true, but offers a bit more details to the story — that the images do not necessarily indicate they are playing, but that some animal behaviorists suggest these poses are part of seperate and distinct motions taken during normal cautionary inspection rituals when meeting each other that, to our eye (and especially the given context of being playful) translate to loving interactions. The actual “spiritual advancement” noted could genuinely be a misinterpretation of our own assumptions, instead.
I’ve often found this is how bible quotes are often taken completely out of context — by putting them under a heading of “these verses state this” such as “How God Is A Murderer” and such and then quote a few verses that would seem to indicate the headings’ information but are taken so far out of context that without reading the rest of the passage (and other parts of the bible to know the whole story) result in people believing a vile and bloodthirsty deity is at the helm of Judaism and Christianity, when quite the reverse is true.