Hunters narrate a black bear’s terrible decision to brave a tightrope

The bear is a metaphor for being both hungry and very bad at tightropes.

 

Kevin Collier

Internet Culture

Published Mar 9, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 4:01 pm CDT

I have this theory that bears are compelling because they look like one of those mythological portmanteaus of animals, like God mixed up a dog and a stubby-armed ape in a dream.

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That’s why, I think, it’s so funny to watch this black bear awkwardly climb a rope for a tasty beaver some human left there. It climbs a tree easily enough, but its stunted arms means it navigates a rope like the world’s least effective gorilla. And of course, few animal tropes are funnier than a dog eagerly, dumbly going for a bite of food, oblivious to physical restraints.

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Pat Garrett, who helps run Garrett Brothers hunting trips in Alerta, Canada, shot the video in late February. I won’t spoil the ending, but rest assured it combines high-rise hungry-bear tension—will the bear get its prize?—with Garrett’s infectious laughter. Mixed up like an only slightly less inspired dream.

Photo via GarrettBrosHunting/YouTube

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*First Published: Mar 9, 2014, 11:23 am CDT