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New Jersey Bear Strolls Through Neighborhood On Two Legs: VIDEO

Upright New Jersey bear

For a change of pace, this is a post about bears of the Stephen Colbert "godless eating machines" variety.

Ian Bohman of New Jersey stepped outside his suburban home only to find a local ursimorph out for a stroll. While a bear in your neighborhood is cause for concern, this particular bear tried to blend in with the locals by walking on its hind legs like your standard bipedal human. So either someone is very adept at costuming, or World of Warcraft's Pandaren race are less a flight of fancy and more a plausible evolutionary prediction.

You can watch Baloo saunter down the street AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Hey Goldilocks, we found one of your 3 little bears!

    Posted by: David From Canada | Aug 7, 2014 6:24:30 PM

  2. And every unexplained bigfoot video just got explained

    Posted by: TONEZ | Aug 7, 2014 6:39:55 PM

  3. if you watch closely it is missing a paw

    It is probably hurt thus the need to walk on two leg,s and also why it appears to limp when on all fours

    Posted by: Shepherd | Aug 7, 2014 6:45:11 PM

  4. Apparently, the Planet of the Apes movies got it wrong. I think it's pretty darn smart to walk on two legs and impersonate a homeless person rifling through our trash. Very clever. (And, ya know, freaky.)

    Posted by: Zlick | Aug 7, 2014 7:31:10 PM

  5. How funny is this! Haha OMG. Love it. Xo's

    Posted by: AnthonyR | Aug 7, 2014 7:47:11 PM

  6. Look mummy, look!... It's a Republican!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Aug 7, 2014 7:59:50 PM

  7. Nothing to see here. I'm just a man, not a bear. No need to call animal control. Just one of you minding my own business. Can't a bear er... human walk in this neighborhood without someone filming me?

    Posted by: chrissypoo | Aug 7, 2014 8:20:47 PM

  8. Hey, Zimmerman.....shoot your best shot. Good thing this bear's pants weren't saggin'.

    Posted by: Walks Like A Duck | Aug 7, 2014 9:02:49 PM

  9. Poor thing, probably injured or born with a deformity. I hope he can make it through the winter.

    Posted by: marco | Aug 7, 2014 9:10:02 PM

  10. Christian -

    News story aside, ursimorph is not the appropriate word to use. While "ursi" relates to bears (Ursus americanus is the scientific name for black bear, which is likely what this animal is), "-morph" means shape. Therefore you are saying the "bear-shaped thing", implying it is not actually a bear. You could, however, suggest it was anthropomorphous, meaning "human-shaped or acting".

    Posted by: Eric in Denver | Aug 7, 2014 9:11:09 PM

  11. I understood 'ursimorph' to mean 'bear form', which is not inaccurate, and I think that is a reasonable, if playful, use of both morphemes.

    Posted by: In Defense of Linguistic Playfulness | Aug 7, 2014 9:16:13 PM

  12. That's Yogi Bear looking for BooBoo !!!

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 7, 2014 9:21:03 PM

  13. That's Yogi Bear looking for BooBoo !!!

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 7, 2014 9:21:03 PM

  14. This might explain big foot...

    Posted by: jarago | Aug 7, 2014 10:20:39 PM

  15. Manbearpig. Look it up.

    Posted by: johnny | Aug 7, 2014 10:41:04 PM

  16. Fake. Right when the guy in the bear suit gets to the treeline and starts walking on all fours, his ass is way up in the air. Bear spines are parallel to the ground in that walking pose. Bears *can* walk bipedal, but this ain't no bear.

    Posted by: DRoseDARs | Aug 7, 2014 10:59:36 PM

  17. its the jersey devil

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 8, 2014 12:01:02 AM

  18. Portrait mode video, must have been taken with an iPhone.

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 8, 2014 7:11:19 AM

  19. This is a person, not a bear. The gait seems all wrong for a bear, not to mention the body itself.

    Plus, it's New Jersey, so....

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 8, 2014 7:47:45 AM

  20. The first thing I thought when I saw this was BIGFOOT explained as has been observed, the second was Chris Christie falls on hard times and will probably become a Democrat.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 8, 2014 9:50:21 AM

  21. Think that Christian Walters coining of the word ursimorph is GREAT and he should be congratulated for doing so!!!

    The pictures did not appear at first yet I readily understood EXACTLY what he meant.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 8, 2014 9:56:27 AM

  22. @Shepherd:

    That's a very astute observation. I think you're right. He's probably very hungry and in great pain.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Aug 8, 2014 11:00:25 AM

  23. NJ is the most densely populated state in the country: for bears and humans alike.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 8, 2014 11:52:24 AM

  24. It's a bear alright, and an amazing scene.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 8, 2014 12:04:52 PM

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