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bear beware

If you go down to the bus terminal today,
You're sure of a big surprise.

If you go down to the bus terminal today,
You'd better go in disguise.

For every bear that ever there was,
Will not gather there for certain because,
Today's the day a bear will be gunned down in a souvenir shop.

See it gaily gad about,
And make the tourists scream and shout....

Sadly, the bear involved in the fracas in Gifu prefecture at the weekend bought it.

Full report here. It was shot dead as it entered a souvenir shop. It seems a bit harsh when it was probably only going in there to purchase a Hello Kitty key ring.

The incident serves as a reminder that bears do occasionally come down from the mountains in search of souvenirs.

However, open your eyes a little and you can see them everywhere. Here's one I spotted outside a Lawson recently...

A bear wearing a nice pair of shoes.

A sloth of bears lying in wait for the driver to return...

Open-back trucks are a popular meeting place for bears (and dogs) in the city...

This one was happy enough to pose for the camera...

...before trying to eat it.

And this one was simply lounging about outside a shop, happily shouting abuse at passers-by....

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On Monday, 21 September, 2009, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

They're selling panda-men at ¥80,105? Whoa.

I would buy one, but that bag on his wrist just makes him look silly.

Nice pair of shoes though.  

On Monday, 21 September, 2009, Anonymous downundersugarglider said:

sad story. I wonder why, if trapped in the souvenir shop, they couldn't tranquilise the bear.
Otherwise great piccies and story EMIO!  

On Monday, 21 September, 2009, Anonymous Invader_Stu said:

I would have loved to see the roadside bear shouting at passers-by. I imagine him with an empty bottle of wine or something in one hand

Sad about the real bear though  

On Friday, 25 September, 2009, Blogger em said:

Nice entry! That bear story is pretty crazy.

One thing I really want to know is--what kind of dog is that? He's adorable!  

On Friday, 25 September, 2009, Blogger the englishman said:

Em, the bear-like dog is a chow chow.  

On Saturday, 24 October, 2009, Blogger sofaloafer said:

Brilliant that's funny  

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