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05/20/2011

Bear Awareness Week: Finally, some good news for sun bears!  »

Back in the heady days of 2008, the Wildlife Alliance's Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (does this also make you think of the Superfriends?) program saved two Malayan sun bears from traders. Named Sopheap and Sloat (um, what? they should have been named Awesome and Awesomer!), they’ve been rehabilitated and might get to return to the wild!

Earlier this month, the bears went on a field trip through their native Cambodian countryside as the first step in a long, arduous, unprecedented process to start returning rehabbed bears in Free the Bears' Phnom Tamao facility to protected forests. In case you're tempted to Google “sun bear,” I'll save you the trouble: They're the smallest and least well known of the bears, and are primarily found in Southeast Asia's tropical rainforests. Their tongues are also longer than Gene Simmons’. Facts!

Hooray for sun bears going home! Don’t they have the coolest chest pattern? Answer: YES.

05/18/2011

Did I mention it’s National Bear Awareness Week? Let’s get PUMPED with this awesome video of polar bears from BBC Planet Earth. If you’ve got money, consider donating to Polar Bears International to help save this endangered species. BEAR WEEK.

More Bear Awareness Week madness courtesy of Three Word Phrase. Poor bear, nobody understands him (or her! I’m just as pro-equality as the next guy—or girl! I swear!).

More Bear Awareness Week madness courtesy of Three Word Phrase. Poor bear, nobody understands him (or her! I’m just as pro-equality as the next guy—or girl! I swear!).

05/17/2011

Bear Awareness Week: Tell Stephen Colbert to leave bears alone!  »


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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Bears rule! As self-appointed official senior bear correspondent, it’s my duty to let y’all know about Bear Awareness Week (different from Bear Week). We kick off the week with the ColBEAR Campaign, aimed at stopping Stephen Colbert’s war on bears. Dude’s obsession with bears is all too evident on ThreatDown. He must be trying to keep the fact that he was raised by bears on the DL. Haters gonna hate, but jeez, Stephen, bears face poaching and loss of habitat. If that were happening to me, I’d be a godless killing machine, too. OH WAIT, I ALREADY AM.

Because bears are far more rad than scary, crotchety garden gnome/board of Defenders of Wildlife member Ed Asner (of the Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Cloris Leachman (also of Mary and then of Dancing with the Stars, and I’m sorry I knew that without looking it up) are the faces of this campaign:

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Go sign the petition asking Mr. Colbert to designate May 19 as “Better Know a Bear Day” to make up for his hilarious transgressions. Then donate $30 to send Stephen a plush teddy bear, ideally culminating in thousands of them landing on his doorstep at the same time. That won’t be creepy at all.

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