The original word for ‘bear’ has been lost. People in middle ages were superstitious and thought saying the animal’s name would summon it. They called it ‘bruin,’ which means ‘the brown one’ to avoid saying its actual name, and then bruin segued into bear.
Russian cosmonauts used to pack a Soviet pistol in case they landed in Siberia and had to fend off bears.
This is a Caucasian Mountain Dog (aka Russian Bear Dog). The males reach over 200lb and have historically been used to hunt bears.
During WWI, a Canadian soldier smuggled his bear ‘Winnipeg’ into Britain, and she later became an attraction at a London Zoo. A boy named Christopher Robin Milne loved ‘Winnie’ so much that he named his own teddy after her, inspiring his father to write stories about a silly old bear who loves honey.
In 1985, a bear was found dead after consuming 76 pounds ($15 million worth) of cocaine. Today he’s known as ‘Cocaine Bear.’
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After being attacked by a bear, a grandmother sewed-up her scalp, set her dislocated legs, then killed the bear — and ate it.