Polar Bears Hub
Food appears to be getting scarce in Barrow, Alaska:
"The target, a surveyor, was returning to his car in the remote town of Barrow, Alaska, when he saw the great white beast. With no time to unlock the door of his vehicle and climb inside, he tried to duck out of sight. But the hungry bear was not giving up, and a terrifying chase began. First, the beast stood up on its furry haunches and eyed its prey. Then it loped around the car, and even climbed over the bonnet to try to reach him. After a few laps of the car the bear almost caught up, managing to land a few heavy swipes on his prey. The man eventually managed to take refuge in a neighbouring truck which was unlocked. His back and head were covered in more than 100 deep scratches where the massive claws had managed to rip through his thick winter clothes and padded coat. Barrow is the northernmost town of the United States, 340 miles north of the Arctic Circle."
More shots here.
That bear was lucky it wasn't in Iceland.
Debby, World's Oldest Living Polar Bear, Dies [tr]
Debby, a 41-year-old polar bear at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba was euthanized yesterday due to a degrading kidney condition. Debby was orphaned as a cub and brought to the zoo in 1967.
The Zoo released a statement about Debby, who was considered the world's oldest living polar bear: "It is with great sadness that Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park Zoo must advise that Debby the polar bear -- one of the world's most-famous and loved bears -- was euthanized on Monday."
Zoo coordinator Gordon Glover said Debby was "without a doubt the most famous animal in (the zoo's) 104-year history."
News reports, AFTER THE JUMP...
Iceland Shoots Second Lost, Starving Polar Bear in a Month [tr]
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Provincetown business owners take sides over "family week": "Family Week, which just ended here, is causing a turf war between different local businesses: those who benefit from having several hundred children and their parents pushing strollers through town and those who most definitely do not."
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Kylie Minogue is "The One".
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Shia LaBeouf may not lose his finger after all.
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Hundreds of dead baby penguins wash ashore on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.
George Clooney works mustache for Martini.
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Human Rights Campaign hires trans woman Allyson Robinson as new Associate Director of Diversity?
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University of Maryland swimmer Fred Deal is out and proud.
Ian Thorpe: It's a girl!
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