Polar ‘Tocks

Whose ‘tocks are on displaaaaaay!?

polar bear

Yours are!!!



Rebecca N. spotted these ‘tocks over at the San Francisco Zoo.



  1. Beth (in NC) says:

    Those are some niiiiiiice tocks. 😀 hehehe

  2. The polar bear feetses are also adorabuhls!

  3. I could nap upon them. Um, or maybe not.

  4. Arielle says:

    ok, how much of a freak does it make me that i kinda wanna just put my face on that area about the ‘tocks and snooooooorrrrrf in that fur? really weird? it just looks so soft…

    and the bear is smiling. smiling! he’s all, “yes, these are my ‘tocks, and they are beeeeyootiful!”

  5. Arielle says:

    ahem. i meant “above the ‘tocks”. and i’m employed as an EDITOR, for gosh sake’s. i must be tie-tie.

  6. soooo soft and furry!

  7. chanpon says:

    Hey, I know you. I know you.

  8. This would be even cuter if “whose” was spelled right.

  9. I work at that Zoo! That’s Ulu. Funny seeing her here.

  10. hon glad says:

    This reminds me of the old photos of the bare bummed baby on the Bearskin rug,
    luckily there are none in the family albumn.

  11. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

  12. I hold several PhDs in Cuteology and after numerous years of extensive research I have come to the conclusion that any creature capable of tearing me to shreds and eating me can NEVER be cute.

  13. Brian – can too!

  14. That’d be “whose” tocks. “Who’s” is a contraction for “who is,” and that’s not whatcha mean. Love the tocks, ‘though!

  15. puddlepeppers says:

    I’m in-tocks-i-cated.

  16. Katrina says:

    I have now commented three times on two different threads, and none of them have shown up. Theo- are you there? I see them, then on reloading or opening up again the comments are gone. At first I took it personally, (silly me), but now I’m suspecting duh-duhn-dunnn a computer glitch. Anything on your side going crackers today?

  17. Nah, we’re good here. Have some more coffee? 😉

  18. Hey it’s bear appreciation week! Let’s see even more bears!

  19. Woods Walker says:

    Bears are cute at a distance. The more distance the better. If I do get close to a bear in the wild it will probibly be in a substantial vehicle. Hopefully with an inch or two of armor plate._Woods Walker

  20. Von Zeppelin says:

    Brian, I hold the opposite opinion. Large carnivores are always extremely cute, if they want to be. I also address them as “Sir” or “Ma’am,” avoid making any sudden moves in their presence, and give them my lunch. 1500 pound polar bear (the largest terrestrial predator in the world, incidentally)? Cute cute cute.

  21. First corollary to Brian’s theory: I never eat anything which, under other circumstances, would be eating ME! Snorgle, yes; eat, no.

  22. AuntieMame says:

    Yay, they fixed the spelling! (I’m a grammar geek. I can’t help it.)

    I think large carnivores can be very cute. But, yeah, I definitely wouldn’t want to meet one in a dark alley.

    Katrina, I occasionally have that problem, too. The comments are there, but they don’t always show up. I think it might be a cache problem? When I shut down the browser and go away for a while, they seem to sort themselves out.

  23. For more information, read my peer-reviewed doctoral thesis titled “An Absence of Snorgleability Attributable to Aggressive Predatory Behavior.”

  24. Um…has anyone noticed that even cuter than the ‘tocks are the paw pads???? I mean, people, the paw pads on those back paws are adorable!

  25. Kristabelle says:

    Brian – you’re killing me!!! 😀

    I find that predatory animals in the infant and adolescent state can and often are VERY cute, but once past adolescence become things like Regal, Sleek, and…err, Awesome.

  26. berthaservant says:

    Brian, technically a herd of marmie kitties could claw you to death, particularly if they descend upon you simultaneously, and you’re like “awww, how cute” and then they’re on top of you all snorgly and saying “ooh, play with us, Brian” and you’re like “okay” and then one of them puts there little paw in your mouf and you’re all “mmm, marmie toebeans, nomnomnom” and then suddenly there’s a claw slashing through your eyeballs and you start gagging on the marmie paw and the others start clawing away at your chest chanting “lungs, give us the lungs, with the sweet human air!” and before you can say bob’s your uncle your uncle bob is delivering the eulogy, warning everyone about the dangers of cute animals in relation to unusual human deaths. and THEN how silly would your doctoral thesis be?

  27. berthaservant says:

    oops, “their” not “there” – bad proofing.

  28. Von Zeppelin says:

    Brian, wasn’t that published in the “Proceedings of the American Academy of Really Big Scary Animals”?

  29. Katrina says:

    Thanks, AuntieMame, I’ll keep that in mind. (even if this never shows up again, but then how wold you know I acknowledged and thanked you!?) I’m having a bad day. A funder who got asked for $2000 gave us $100. Now, what the hell do I do? AGAHAGHAAGHAGAHAH..grumble, I’m going to take a nap….see ya later.

  30. Sofa-sized ‘tocks.

  31. Courtney S. says:

    I have to agree with Cait here- the toe pads are pretty distracting from the ‘tocks. And the interdigital toe floof, too.

    Brian, did I see your work in the “Journal of Snorgology” recently? Something about a tooth-to-toe-floof ratio when it comes to determining an animal’s snorglability?

  32. Lerrinus says:

    Fuzzy Butt!!! 😀

  33. AuntieMame says:

    LOL at the juxtaposition of posts being all academic and erudite, and then someone yells “Fuzzy Butt”! 😀

  34. Von Zeppelin says:

    Katrina, how about this–“Thank you so much, Mrs. Van Cheapskate, for your generous donation of a hundred dollars. It will do so much to help the cause. At the hundred dollar funding level, you are entitled to go to the zoo and hug the polar bear! We’ll even take you and drop you off right into the pit.” (See previous comments re: ferocious giant carnivorous predators)

    “For those of you who donate at the $2000 level, you will win the right NOT to be eaten by bears. By the way, we have your home addresses. Just keep that in mind. Thank you for your generosity.”

  35. Mrs. Van Cheapskate sounds like a Bluehaired Glitterbosom.

  36. Perfect for National Bear Awareness Week!

  37. Von Zeppelin says:

    Theresa, Zenobia Van Cheapskate, of the Newport and Manhattan Van Cheapskates, is definitely a Bluehaired Glitterbosom. When she gets tossed into the polar bear pit, she will peer at the bear through her lorgnette and say (in upper-crust, finishing school tones), “But who are your PEOPLE?” The bear will reply, “My people? My last people were breakfast.”

  38. Awwwwwwwwwww so very cuteeeeeeeeee!!

    Can I take him home and cuddle him???????

  39. I thought I recognized those ‘tocks!!!

  40. @VonZep, here’s her favorite magazine!!!

  41. Vitani – Me too! (seasonally)

    And hi Jessa!

    Bear tocks are among the cutest tocks on the planet.

  42. Neopatra says:

    Tch,tch, tch. What’s the world coming to when Cute Overload is showing photos of bear butts????

  43. Yeah, it’s embearassing.

  44. Somebody needs a Buns Of Steel video – not much tockular definition there…