Sunday, June 6, 2010

Taken Out by the Garbage

Bears are called "charismatic megafauna", big impressive animals people will come thousands of miles to see. But like many other celebrities they have a dark side. Most are reclusive shy types that just want, like Garbo, to be alone. Unfortunately some lose their natural fear of people and become addicted to human treats, like garbage. These animals are like big furry John Belushis with claws and a habit to feed. They invariably end up being shot when found raiding someone's chicken coop or, pathetically, eating someone's garbage. Like any celebrity who comes to a bad end, they will wind up on the front page, an embarrassment to their friends and family and an object lesson to the rest of us: Friends don't let friends eat garbage.

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