Saturday, April 20, 2024

When I Was Young, We Knew This Was a Darwin Award Winner

4/18/24 New York Post:
"An unsettling video shows a group of people carelessly ripping bear cubs out of a tree to snap some selfies in North Carolina.

"The group of about six people was caught on video Tuesday pulling three scared black bear cubs out of a tree over a fence at a Buncombe County apartment complex, ABC 13 News reported."

Black bears are seldom dangerous to humans except when you get between them and food or their cubs.  Human mothers are supposed to be similarly dangerous if you threaten their children.

1 comment:

  1. Speaking of Darwin Awards, sometime around 1950 my Grandfather, Grandmother, and my Aunt who married in the year I was born went on a grand tour of the West and saw Yellowstone, including the geysers and the bears. My grandfather took this opportunity to get out of the car and actually feed the bears, much to the vocal distress of my Granmother and Aunt. over the intervening seventy years I have come to understand that this was yet another expression of my Grandfather's belief that he reached the great age that he did due to "more luck than brains." Either that, or he believed that surviving the battles between the Austro-Hungarians and the Italians in the Alps in WW 1 rendered him invulnerable to the ordinary hazards of living.
    Of course abandoning the new country of Austria in 1922 before all the bad stuff of the 1930's and 1940's may have also influenced his beliefs in that regard.

    When you are a man who can't keep his mouth shut to save his life, "Unassing" the place 25 years before all the bad stuff happens is sure to influence your opinions.