The Great Pumpkin Massacre

Hurricane Irene may have damaged pumpkin crops, but a select few survived to be mauled by bears at the Bronx Zoo, a fall tradition. Oh, the pumpkinity!



  1. Bear rugby league? oh noz… Bears’ pumpkin league.

  2. (dancing happy new post dance)

  3. I really want to frolic in the stream with those happy bears.

  4. kibblenibble says:

    Lookit the back feet sticking up out of the water as the bear floats on his back with the pumpkin!!

  5. It’s the Great Pumpkin Massacre Charlie Brown.

  6. Smashing pumpkins.

  7. everyone knows its fun to play with your food. i love the bear feet!

  8. bob drummond says:

    Isn’t that the name of a music group ?

  9. That’s one way to carve a jack o’lantern.

  10. Snack time, then play time, then bath time, then snack/play/bath time….

  11. oh! oh! These happy bears remind me of my beloved goat. She had *so much fun* demolishing a squash, or a cabbage, or a cardboard box. Unlike a bear she had no claws to keep her food still, so she had to chase it around a good bit–which she did with enthusiasm and joy.

  12. Yep…and my joke was LAME.

  13. That is just Delightful!
    I think I sound like an old lady saying that, but there’s no other word that comes to mind. I’m an old lady at heart, anyway.

  14. Fird Birfle says:

    *joins skippymom in….hmmmm, let’s see……I think an
    IRISH JIG would be appropriately celebratory!!!…*

  15. Fird Birfle says:

    …..and THEN, AT LONG LAST, it’s bath/snack/ PLAY time.
    THAT’s always been MY personal favorite. Nothin’ like it 🙂

  16. Fird Birfle says:

    YAY GOATS & YAY (in certain situations) for
    demolishing — WITH enthusiasm and joy — those things which need demolishin’

  17. Fird Birfle says:

    1: ennybody else, spy the url/ address for this pic???? (heh heh)
    and 2:
    SPEAKING, both of things Autumnal AND of Massacres …. please enjoy the following:

    You’re welcome 🙂

  18. Fird Birfle says:

    ‘what’s an ‘old lady’??? Ah ain’t never heard, uv NO SICH THANG.”

  19. ah yes; it’s that time of year when they put pumpkin in _everything_ 🙂

  20. Here we see a match between longtime squash partners, Hairy and Clawed.

  21. Queen of Dork says:

    *sigh* That picture looks so autumn. It’s so hot here. I can’t wait until it finally gets cold. I love fall. Such pretty browns and oranges. I can’t wait for Halloween and Thanksgiving. And leaves falling on the ground. And bare tree branches.

  22. They’re so jiggly!

  23. mmm yes! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, roasted pumpkin seeds…delish!

  24. The feet…..the feet. *thud*

  25. Pfft. League is for wussies. Grizzlies would be rugby UNION all the way.
    Go Canucks in the World Cup!

  26. Yes, it looks like (ursa) major performance ahrt.
    Bearanksy, move over!

  27. Fird Birfle says:

    Also: “DA Beahs.” 🙂

  28. I’m lookiting, I’m lookiting!

  29. I was just thinking… now we know where they got the name ;P

  30. 260O, you are, as always, astounding. Brava! Brava!

  31. kibblenibble says:


  32. Ahh, no I don’t think you really do, skippymom. Just keep thinkin;: pumpkin equals human head. Same thing to a grizzly and not really very comfortable for the human.

  33. Oh, I really hope Stephen Colbert spies this and puts a clip on the threatdown.

  34. And did you see his clever little hand at :54 when he scooped some of the pumpkin guts?

  35. *snortlaff!!!!*

    Keep ’em comin’, 260O!!!!

  36. At first I was like, “Aw, cute!” Then I was like, “What if that was a human head?” 😐

  37. bob drummond says:

    Not to metion Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Ale or Pumpkin Spiced Coffee (my favorite) -Oh yeah baby !!!

  38. bob drummond says:

    Isn’t that the name of a game ? Or am i thinking of Something I saw in an olde Mad Magazine ??

  39. I love how excited they seem to be when they see the pumpkins initially and they remember just what to do with them. They’re such gorgeous creatures.

  40. bob drummond says:



  42. Pumpkins are popular amongst zoo peeps this time of year. Check out this snow leopard in the Central Park Zoo;

  43. Plus the epic floof and monumental PO’d face of the Prospect Park Pallas cat:

  44. I love at 0:19 when he’s like, “WTF? Where’s my steak?”

  45. Ack! Grizz!!! *backs away slowly*

  46. *sighs wistfully for the days when an Irish Jig was do-able*

  47. *snickers uncontrollably*

  48. Suuuuure, rub it in! Over here in the middle of the Pacific, we have two seasons: rain, and summer (with occasional rain).

    *sniff* I miss having four distinct seasons.

  49. thanks theresa, those were both awesome! the huge paws on that leopard are killing me. no pun intended 😀

  50. wow that kitty is even scarier-looking than the sugar glider

  51. OMG, I love it how they play exactly the same way as domestic cats! It´s so cute!

  52. They are soooo cute! If they weren´t so deadly, that is.

  53. 1:06 nose rub *thud*

  54. I bet that leopard can make some serious biscuits with those paws. Pass the gravy.

  55. And pumpkin donuts, pumpkin pancakes, and pumpkin waffles. Must be time for Sunday breakfast…..

  56. Hmmmm…..not ringing a bell w/me. Anyone?

  57. Come for a visit here in New England, v. We have 4 distinct seasons. Oh, yes, we do. Sometimes 3 of them in one week. o_O

  58. Queen of Dork says:

    Oh, don’t get me wrong…I live smack dab in the Mojave desert. We don’t get four seasons here but I miss that from when I lived in the beautiful, fabulous State of Colorado! (Gosh, I miss that state. I think I’ll go back some day). Here in the desert, we do have some trees whose leaves turn yellow and fall on the ground, but the temperature seems to go from 112 to 40 in the course of about two weeks in November. I CAN’T WAIT for the cold! Each year, I celebrate that first day when I step outside, breathe and I can see my breath on the air. And I LOVE when the brown mountains surrounding the valley here are dusted with snow so that it looks as if the mountains are huge gingerbread treats and the desert looks like dessert!

  59. Bears eat pumpkin? Who knew.

    Great video. 😀

  60. Fird Birfle says:

    @ Theresa,
    re. PPP feline & his PO’d facial expression….
    (not to MENTION, his/ her FLOOFTASTIC outfit!!!):

    kat sez “We are NOT amused. by ENNYthang!!!!”

  61. Fird Birfle says:

    ….erm ….

  62. Fird Birfle says:

    AND yet agin, QofD paints a lovely portrait of nature and the seasons,
    in just a few lines of simple text.

    I Love skillful storytelling
    (AND cute things, too) ….

  63. Queen of Dork says:

    Cool! I like how you think, eliza! Tres morbid and fits right in with October being right around the corner. 🙂

  64. Fird Birfle says:

    @ kimmaroo:

    while the clip, below,
    MIGHT not solve the query of bob drummond ….I feel
    that it is *somewhat likely* to provide you some with some merriment,
    while we await the Smart CO’ers who will surely, eventually
    know the “name of the game”.

    Peace and merriment!

  65. Fird Birfle says:

    Allow me, please, to push my nose in where ‘t hasn’t been invited; and speak/ write as somewhat an afficianado of Things skippymom-ish.


    to frolic in the stream with those happy bears. However, in the interest of,
    to quote a sequel to a famous 1970s film …..”Stayin’ Alive” …..she plans to restrain herself from said recreational activity choice.

    But of course I COULD be wrong.

  66. Fird Birfle says:

    *celebrates victoreia’s cherce of the vocab term “wistfully”*


  67. Queen of Dork says:

    I think bears will eat anything. Including toothpaste, lotion, toilet paper, people…anything. Camping can be tricky in an area that is heavily populated with bears because they’ll come into camp and be all, “Move aside, beeyatches. All this crap is for me to eat. And that includes you.”

    *sigh. I’ve been there*

  68. Fird Birfle says:

    wow 😯

    Da Beahs say “beeyatches”????
    Gangsta has reached the Great Outdoors now….

  69. Queen of Dork says:

    *wakes up and rubs sleep out of eyes*

    Huh? Wha? Did somebody mention “Stayin Alive?”

  70. Queen of Dork says:

    Yeah, they say “beeyatches” And then after they call you that, they say, “Word.”
    It’s nothing new…bears have always been somewhat thug.

  71. LMAO Fire Birfle!!!!!

  72. Fird Birfle says:

    🙂 Q

  73. Fird Birfle says:

    @ Babzie: thx 🙂

  74. Made my morning!!!! Stay Alive!

  75. “Word”.

  76. Queen of Dork says:

    Oh my gosh. OH MY GOSH! Peeps, this really has nothing to do with anything but I was watching the news and the weatherman said the words, “rainy days and Mondays” So then I was like, Wow! I LOVE that song! 🙂

  77. Fird Birfle says:

    “And now, folks, we present an afternoon of Word Association Music!!!!”

    YAY Q & YAY K. Carpenter’s phenomenal singing/ voice.

    and also ( 😦 )
    RIP K. Carpenter.

  78. I didn’t realize til my second viewing that the face on the jack o’ lantern was a cat face!

    Also, I can’t help imagining that every time he pauses in playing with the pumpkin that he’s thinking “Uh-oh, do I look undignified? Look dignified!”

  79. Even PADDINGTON? 😯

  80. Love the kissies at the end. Schweeet!!!

  81. In New Hampshire we had 5 seasons: Summer, Fall, Winter, Mud, and Spring.

  82. And *drumroll* Doritos.

  83. that is so anorable

  84. Many thanks, FB. When I click on the link, it tells me that “SchoolTube is currently being updated.” Maybe that’s just temporary?

  85. Many thanks, FB. When I click on the link, it tells me that “SchoolTube is currently being updated.” Maybe that’s just temporary?

  86. Oops! Just ignore this ^ comment. It was meant to go waaaaaay above. You’d think I’d have the hang of this by now. Yeesh….

  87. KC’s voice was completely amazing. I didn’t appreciate her music all those years ago when she was alive but I do now. Thanks for that link, Q of D!

  88. Queen of Dork says:

    Yep. As well as Corderoy. (sp? dang. that’s a hard word to spell). And don’t let Winnie fool you either. Thugs. If you meet them on their turf, they’ll happily bite your head off. But they’re really cute to look at in pictures! 🙂

  89. Fird Birfle says:

    @ Q et al:

    Spelling here in ‘Merica is s’posed to be Corduroy.
    *places Nerdy Research Spectacles on nose*

    “Cord(du) Roy [Roi] ” — imported from les francais outrageouses, where it
    was the name of a regal fabric for kins (les Rois) …..

    Cord = “Cord, ” or “Thread”
    du = “of” …….and [le] Roi = “king”. Thus “fabric” or “thread” of the King!!!

    (bing sound)
    The More You Know

  90. And here I had no clue that music videos pre-dated what I had thought to be my bleeding-edge access to early 1980s (“vintage”) MTV on *cable* …. !!!!

  91. Fird Birfle says:

    Hi kimmaroo 🙂

    ….Perplexingly enough, before I placed the link here @ CO, I actually *DID* test whether it ran smoothly ….you might (or might not?) wanna try to copy the url/ address into your address bar and try to see if it load smoothly that way.
    Sorry that the Random yet Eternal Computer Conspiracy is giving us hiccups.

    ANYway, the link is / was to a scene from the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, in which Ben Stein is the uber-boringest economics teacher ever with the most Nasal voice ever in the history of anybody.

    And the reason why I linked it, is the following …..if you look at your original comment time-stamped 4:25 am, above …
    the link from the film, is where Ben Stein is narrating some history facts from / about American Economics ……and at each significant item, he briefly hopes for input from the students…”blah blah blah Tea Party…..Anybody? Anybody?” 🙂

  92. Fird Birfle says:

    — sp correction, …..”the name of a regal fabric for KINGS” not “for kins”

    *goes to search for Sledgehammer to demolish all computers in sight*

  93. I see. I’m fairly familiar w/Ferris Bueller as well as Ben Stein and his diverse media career that is somehow always related to economics. I often use his line, “Anyone? Anyone?” with certain brain surgeons I know.

    Anyhoo, the link works now. I think the site was just down temporarily for maintenance when I tried earlier. Your persistence and determination to provide the utmost merriment are at once touching and inspirational! A thousand thank-yous, FB!

  94. Fun is!

  95. “The seeds! THE SEEDS!!!!!!”

  96. …Pumpkin spice cake, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin sause and pumpkin tea.

  97. Where are you now and where did you use to be?

  98. That cat could be the new Face of Disapproval.

  99. Sharon Wilson says:

    I sure wouldn’t want to be the keeper who has to clean the pumpkin guts out of the canal afterward!

  100. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    Headline: Pumpkins gourd by bears.

  101. *grooooooan!!!1!!*

    (P.S. Hi, A.D.!)

  102. bob drummond says:

    Now I remember ! It was called SQUAMISH and appeared in an old MAD magazine article way back in the sixties .

  103. monkeylover says:


  104. Those pumpkins make them feel so special and happy! Its so beautiful to see. Thank you, we love you nice people.