The Talk

"… you see, when a mommy bear and a daddy bear love each other very much, they … umm … go back to the cave, and … ahhh … well, it’s sort of like playing leapfrog, only without so much leaping …"

It's OK, we covered this in biology class already.

I can never get through this without using hand puppets, Melanie H.

The Bear From Ipanema

(a little musical accompaniment, if you please …)

Tall and brown and young and furry
the bear from Ipanema goes walking
and when she passes each bear she passes goes "aaah"

In the sea, he’s always waiting
He’d gladly give up hibernating
for when she passes each bear she passes goes "aaah"

Ohhhhhh, but he watches so sadly
Hooooww can he tell her he loves her
Heeeeeee would just give his heart gladly

But each day when she walks to the sea,
She looks straight ahead not at he …

Ahhhhhhhhhhh...

May I have this samba, Melanie H.?

… and where the hell is that stewardess with my bamboo?!

"As soon as we land, check on my takeover offer for Panda Express, then move the board meeting to 2 PM and move my Tai Chi class to noon.  And get me two tickets for the Bears game tonight."

Now close the shade; 'Kung-Fu Panda' is on.

At least somebody’s making deals in this bear market, Elizabeth L.

‘Tocktober!

I know we’re a few days into ‘Tocktober already, but we’ve finally got a good specimen for you. In fact, Sender-Inner Esther L. points out this photo would be EXCELLENT to show again as we transition into Nosevember. I’ll remember that.

Polarbear

Another San Diego Zoo gem—thanks, Esther L.

Knut’s zookeeper has passed away…

Image3031583g_2According to AP Reports and CBS News, the zookeeper who hand-reared Knut the abandoned polar bear has passed away. No cause of death has been revealed. From the story:

"With his burly build, beard and ponytail, Doerflein was a distinctivefigure at the side of the growing bear. He nursed young Knut in hisarms behind closed doors and wrestled with him after the bear grew oldenough to play.

When Knut made his public debut in March 2007, Doerflein was at hisside. They started a daily performance for the thousands of visitorswho flocked to see the bear at his outdoor enclosure."

Barooooooooooooooooo! [Bear crying sound]

Let’s take a look at Thomas Dorflein’s legacy in one of the BEST Knut vids ever…

Red Panda despondent over current state of the economy

Bummer.

This poor little Red Panda, a resident of the Smithsonian National Zoo, seems to have picked up the economic woes facing the country.

So sad. He needs to have all the love and positive energy of the Cute Overload community channeled his direct-shons!

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Or maybe just a nap.

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Red panda-action courtesy of Rose T. (Top) and Ann (Bottom.)

Update: Meanwhile, over at the Edmonton Zoo, these zany rapscallions are romping around in their economy:

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Beary nice <–groan, Michelle W.

I’m waiting.

I SAID I’m waiting.

What is wrong with you I said GIN MARTINI!

Vodka isn’t even a REAL MARTINI [cracks picnic table with one mighty paw swipe and doesn't leave tip]

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::Smirk:: Thanks, Uncle Wire!

Happy Squirtday!

The birth of a giant panda cub has been caught on camera at Oji Zoo in Kobe, Japan! It’s squirt-licious. (Ew!)

Watch the whole video here…

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Kinda gross, Kobe Oji Zoo! Sender-Inner Grace J. "May Day", thanks for this serious McSquirmersons.

You might cry the tiniest bit at this one

Pull at our heart strings WHY DON’T YOU Buenos Aires ZOO!

Sarah J., I won’t tell anyone [handing over a hanky].

‘Tiddy’ Bear? Sign me UP

This is beyond redonk, People. Alert viewer Matthew McCurtisons found this one. Introducing a product you don’t need with a ridiculous name! Total overload.

I’m ordering two faster than you can say ‘shoulder strap ap ap ap ap ap’