Oct 23, 2009

Cirque du F - lay

Sometimes in the course of a day you come across an article that makes both your eyebrows raise. As reported by The Times Online:

"A circus bear killed one person and injured another during rehearsals for an ice-skating show...It is unclear why the bear, which was wearing ice skates at the time, attacked Mr Potapov...Deadly attacks are rare in the country's circuses, which often train bears to wear skates and play ice hockey."
I'm still not sure which question bothers me more: Who was the first person that decided it would be a good idea to put ice skates on a fully grown bear? (Or) Are there really so many bears that ice skate and play hockey that the writers at the Times don't know why an enormous predator, which can reach speeds of 30 mph (perhaps even faster on properly zambonied ice), might take dislike of someone forcing him to join the ice capades?

Maybe he needed a good nap...maybe his laces were too tight....


Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

Post of the week.

Ern said...

Post of the month for me. I adore bears in the former soviet union. My first day in Ukraine, I saw a bear in a taxi cab. Hand to God!

In any case, it was only a matter of time before the lithium wore off and the circus bears attacked.

Lada said...

Bears should not be made to play hockey. That's what the Toronto Maple Leafs are for. Granted, the bears are probably better at hockey: It's still not an excuse.

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