The right to arm bears?

31 August 2004

This morning’s stand-out story on the Beeb:

A bold amphibious escape bid by a bear at Berlin zoo has been foiled in a dramatic shoot-out. Juan the Andean spectacled bear first paddled across a moat using a log for a raft, then scaled a wall. Finally he appeared to commandeer a bicycle, before zookeepers with brooms cornered him, and a colleague picked him off with a tranquiliser gun.

I don’t meant to be picky, but… doesn’t a “dramatic shoot-out” depend on both parties being armed? Unless they’re not telling us something, and that this bear had managed to get a gun from somewhere too – now that would be pretty fucking cool. Scary, but cool.

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“Just think what could have happened,” said a mother who saw the bear escape and head for the children’s carousel.

Yeah he could have raided the ice cream van on the way.

Wasn’t there a ‘Far Side’ cartoon similar to this whole story? I’ve only just remembered.

Oh, and I’m not the only one to have come up with the dreadful pun in the post title.

I always wondered if the tendency for gun-toting action heroes to wear vests, from Bruce Willis to Vin Diesel, was based on a misunderstanding of the right to bare arms…

Goodness me, is that the time? Yes, perhaps I should get to bed.