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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

just as I suspected

I thought maybe the Oregon Zoo was padding their accounts, bear-wise. As I surmised, Kodiak bears (Ursus arctos middendorffi) ARE as big as polar bears (Ursus maritimus), and though I wouldn't want to witness a rough-and-tumble betwixt the two except for I totally would, my money's on the Kodiak. See above, re: fierce and crafty.

By the way, did you know that the Latin name for the Grizzly bear, which like the Kodiak is a subspecies of Brown bear, is Ursus arctos horribilis (emphasis mine)? Makes you think, doesn't it? About how Dwight says you can tell the difference because Black bears run away from you and Brown bears run at you? I just bet they do. I saw a movie when I was little called The Night of the Grizzly, and I vividly remember the pig with a big old bite mark out of its side. And the blood everywhere. Did I mention that bears freak me out? People need to not show kids movies about sharks and bears.

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