Bruno the Brown Bear, HMCS Thiepval
While in Hakodate, HMCS Thiepval's crew adopted the small brown bear seen here and named him Bruno.
Also known as "Haca-Daddy" (a play on "Hakodate"), Bruno shows up in a number of other photographs taken during Thiepval's trip. Brought back to Canada, Bruno spent years living at HMCS Naden, the Royal Canadian Navy's base at Esquimalt. Bruno subsequently developed a dependency on alcohol and came to a tragic end when he died of poisoning after ingesting dockyard supplies.
George Metcalf Archival Collection