Good News Bears
It's easy to find bad news about bears. We seem to have decided that koala bears (who aren't quite bears at all) and panda bears (who are mostly if not totally herbivorous) are "good" but nearly every other type of bear is inherently "bad" or dangerous. Why is that? Because they're masterful, resourceful omnivores much like us?
In June, a black bear was euthanized for scavenging and eating the decomposing body of convicted murderer Rory Wagner. One might ask why the bear was given an immediate death sentence for eating the flesh of a man who was already dead, when the man himself had only received a short prison sentence and life on parole for his own crime. Officials said that the bear would've posed a threat because bears remember food sources. Although, it's questionable whether this bear's food choices are any less ethical than ours.
No beast is truly one-dimensional, so in honor of all "good" bears, we'd like to open up the floor for the cute bear videos, the funny news, and the photos of the mother and the baby bear in the middle of a cuddle session. If you weren't sure they existed, here are a few of our favorite bear moments.
Can't Bear the Heat
A mother with two cubs cooled off in a pool earlier this month after they wandered into a backyard in Kinneloa Mesa, CA, in search of a temperature change. The black bears dipped their toes in for about ten minutes before they were on their merry way. Animal deputies arrived to watch the bears. No animal, human or non-, was harmed during this mid-day swim.
Bear for Mayor
This Russian polar bear patrol officer sung these bears to sleep. What else is there to say?
--Image by iStockphoto/rusm
Krislyn Placide is an editorial intern at Sierra going into her fourth year of journalism school at Northwestern University. When she's not updating the blog, she likes running through parks and eating her weight in watermelon.