Come in, relax, stay for a while. We know it doesn’t take much to get weary of the geopolitical happenings that flood our newsfeed, inboxes, push alerts, and timelines. What we also know is that stories about animals, pictures of animals, and animals just derping around is guaranteed to bring a smile. Today we have a little of that for you. And it’s all about bears.
There’s a common theme behind bears doing things. It’s food. They’re simultaneously motivated and extremely lazy creatures. They’ll continue to go to the easiest food source possible and won’t abandon it, but if that food source is, say, a locked car or someone’s secured home, they’ll go through great lengths to snack on whatever small smackerel they hope to find.
Good visible signs attract human beings to visit new businesses, restaurants, and the like. Bears, however, smell these signs and food attracts them from miles away. Once they’re on the snack trail, large obstacles are little more than minor inconveniences.
On average, homeowners spend between 1% and 4% of a home’s value every year on repairs. On a $200,000 home, that cost would be $2,000 in annual repairs at least. But, they forgot to factor in bears. One man in California was alerted on his phone to motion sensors going off inside his house while he wasn’t home. He pulled up the cameras and saw that two curious bear cubs had broken into the house and were munching on the contents of his fridge. After triggering a remote alarm, they scurried off. Still, over the next week they tried a few different times to see what else the fridge had, so he had to tighten up security.
Driven By Food
In 2016, 5.3% of children ages 12 to 17 had food-related allergies. It’s cause for concern when selling candy bars for fundraisers at school, so it’s good to be vigilant. What North Carolina teenager Lilly Thurmond wasn’t prepared for was her fundraiser candy to be eaten by bears. She witnessed a mother bear and her cubs break into her Prius and ransack the fundraiser candy. The bears ate 49 of her candy bars (without paying), leaving only one lone chocolate bar untouched.It would take too many pages to document the full extent of bear antics where food is involved. Just recently more than 50 polar bears invaded a Russian village for food. There are few things bears won’t do for food. All in all, the stereotypically scary creatures are fairly docile unless threatened. They will, however, eat whatever food they can get their paws on. So, if you’re in bear country, keep your food sealed, your house and car doors secured, and don’t give the hungry beasts a reason to become vandals for food. They bearly know better anyway.
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