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Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Koodauw, Feb 21, 2006.
Interesting but now a big deal. I do that all the time.
Too bad they had to shoot it, but polar bears are some of the most dangerous animals you can come across - that one was just playing with her.
Glad to see that mom held it down for her crew...throwing up momma gang sign.
Wow, what a story!!!
Fighting polar bears (or any type of bear for that matter) is not something that I would highly recommend. She is lucky to be alive!
Did anyone see the Animal Planet showing of Grizzly Man? It's the story of Timothy Treadwell, who along with his girlfriend was eaten by a Grizzly Bear after living with them in Alaska for 15 summers. He was little overzealous and undereducated, to say the least.
The strength of any large bear is incredible.
That dude lost his mind...R.I.P but that guy had some issues.
That's a polite way of saying he was stooopid.
Yep, they've evolved without humans and haven't learned to be afraid of anyone or anything we do to scare them off. They're very curious, but their idea of playing will most likely get you killed. Or so I've heard when I went to Svalbard one summer.
Thanks for the story. I will definitly be sending this to my stepmother as I am sure she will find it very interesting. She's Yup'ik Eskimo.
i think most mothers would do that, or try to. when it comes down to you or your kids there just isn't another option, it happens without thinking. that's an impressive story though.
iSant, i saw the Grizzly Man - he did have some issues for sure, i can't believe he was out there messing around with those bears on purpose. his fate was not unpredictable of course.
^Never mind the bears..did u see him freak out on the camera....damn i was like
I have a friend who's only slightly larger than this woman, and I sure couldn't imagine her going up against a bear, much less fending it off that long.
Hell, should probably couldn't even fend me off that long (not that I'd attack her or anything).
Mom's can be so cool - they're real men
Do not try this at home...
I'm a little murky on the part where the mother is prompted to start boxing the polar bear. She moved in-between the bear and her son....so, was the bear chasing/attacking the boy or moving toward him?
I can only assume so given her impulse to put the gloves on and go at it. Otherwise, running like hell and perhaps saving the bears life would have been in order.
Don't get me wrong, if animal (or human being) is violently harming someone drastic measures can be necessary.
There's another guy in Utah who raises Grizzlys. Animal planet had two specials on him called "Growing Up Grizzly." Pretty amazing.
What's even more amazing is this woman. As 2ny said, REPRESENT SISTA!
They were interviewing this woman on "the hour" on CBC...
She came across as the shyest meekest women you will ever hear... When asked if she was hurt she said she was wacked on the head a few times and has a big bruise on her bum... then she giggled...
I'm not so sure that running whould've been a good idea either.. Running could actually provoke it more... and Polar bears can supposedly run at near 40km/h (25mph) on land/ice.
I've always pondered what I would do if I was faced with a bear over me. Do you suppose you can get a bear in an arm bar? They're not that smart, they probably wouldn't know what was going on untill you broke their arm. Which should give you a fighting chance.
There was a joke among those who I knew who lived in Alaska.
It went something like this.
Two friends were out hiking and came across a grizzly bear.
They both took off running as fast as they could. After a little bit, one fellow stopped while the other continued to run.
The fellow who kept running called back to his friend and asked what he was doing.
His friend answered, "I'm getting out my running shoes."
The one still running hollered back, "Why? You cannot possibly outrun the bear."
His friend replied, "I know...I only have to run faster than you!"
You're kidding right?!
A bear is a whole lot stronger than a human.
Interesting. It took Sawyer 6 shots last night.
This is an amazing story; what mothers - parents, really - will do to keep their children from harm continues to surprise me. At least until I think of what I would do if one of my kids was in harm's way. As iBlue says - you don't think, you react to a situation.
She was indeed very lucky the bear wasn't hungry or mad.
hehe..I've thought of this same scenario as well. Or, getting a bear in a half-nelson + choke-hold, put it out, and run like crazy.
But, then I considered the shear strength of a bear, and I don't think it would be possible at all.
If the bear was around the same strength as me, there would be no problem - the size and shape of a bear would be very easy to do these. But any attempt to move its limbs in a different position, or wedge my arm up under its arm, would fail big time.
One quick swat of its arm, and I'm certain a human's would be broken.
Theoretically speaking, if a bear could bench press, I imagine it could lift 700+ pounds.
So the question is: Would you attempt to put a dude who could bench almost a thousand pounds in an armbar? LOL Probably not.
And add sharp teeth, claws, and the fact that the bear will eat you rather than just beat you up, and its something I don't want to have the oppertunity to actually find out lol.
Seperate from that, I found it very interesting that the brown bears of Alaska's ABC islands are actually more closely related to polar bears than they are to other brown bears - even those on Alaska's mainland. They look identical, but their DNA is more similar to polar bears.
Definitely pretty neat.
Taken from the Wikipedia page on bears (an excerpt that I added in last fall ):
Some hunters I knew in Alaska mentioned that you don't shoot a grizzly bear with anything less that a 44 cal. If you do, you just piss them off more.
It takes a large round to put a grizzly bear down.
And their skull structure is very strong compared to many other animals.