Good, bad or just plain weird it was a bear of a week in the news. From Kyrgyzstan to Scotland, from 'robo-bear' to ice skating bear it was all bear all the time.
On the good news side the United Kingdom's only polar bear, has been moved further north and to a larger pen to help her deal with the effects of global warming. A 27-year-old polar bear named Mercedes, who has spent the last 25 years in a small enclosure at the Edinburgh Zoo, has been moved to a new four-acre enclosure at the Highland Wildlife Park outside Kingussie, Digital Journalist Kevin Jess reported.
In Washington the American government made a 'beary' good announcement for Alaskan bears. The Associated Press reported, “The Obama administration said Thursday it is designating more than 200,000 square miles in Alaska and off its coast as "critical habitat" for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.”
One bit of bruin news was good, and weird. Digital Journalist Stephanie Deering reported on a young black bear that wandered into Marketplace Foods grocery store in Hayward, Wisconsin and took up residence in a beer cooler. Wildlife officers arrived, tranquilized the bear and removed it: All without breaking a single bottle of beer. Fox News reported that the bear imbibed no beers.
On the plain weird front. The U.S. Military announced that it is conducting tests on a 'robo-bear' that will be used to recover casualties in combat zones. The BBC reported that the, "The Battlefield Extraction Assist Robot (BEAR) can scoop up even the heaviest of casualties and transport them over long distances over rough terrain," and has "a teddy bear-style head.... designed to be reassuring."
Further on the subject of teddy bears, an Ottawa man was arrested when he attempted to make a teddy bear head appear to have a 'child-style' head. He put a toque and a scarf on it, buckled it into a car and tried to pass it off as a child so he would have a third passenger and the legal right to use the car pool lane. The attempt failed and the man was fined. Twice, the second time he tried the trick again the next day.
Finally, on the bad news bears front, a bear fatality. ABC News reported, "one person was killed and another injured on Thursday when a bear rehearsing a "bears on ice" show attacked his handlers at a circus in the Central Asian state of Kyrgyzstan"
Anyway you look at it, it was a bear of a week in the news.