Russian bears use graveyard as we do refrigerators

Russian-bear-006A shortage of bears’ traditional food near the Arctic Circle has forced the animals to eat human corpses, say locals.

From a distance it resembled a rather large man in a fur coat, leaning tenderly over the grave of a loved one. But when the two women in the Russian village of Vezhnya Tchova came closer they realized there was a bear in the cemetery eating a body.

Russian bears have grown so desperate after a scorching summer they have started digging up and eating corpses in municipal cemeteries, alarmed officials said today. Bears’ traditional food – mushrooms, berries and the odd frog – has disappeared, they added.

According to Vorontsova, the omnivorous bears had “plenty to eat” this autumn, with foods such as fish and ants at normal levels. The bears raided graveyards because they offered a supply of easy food, she said, a bit like a giant refrigerator. “The story is horrible. Nobody wants to think about having a much loved member of their family eaten by a bear.”

“In Karelia one bear learned how to do it [open a coffin]. He then taught the others,” she added, suggesting: “They are pretty quick learners.”

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Buffalo dip

A roaming buffalo spent the night in north Georgia swimming pool before being discovered by two homeowners Saturday morning.

Chris Nonnemaker of White County said he and his wife noticed two holes in the pool’s cover and went outside to take a look, Channel 2 Action News reported. That’s when the couple noticed something moving.  After pulling the pool cover back, Nonnemaker saw his pool guest. It was a buffalo that apparently had recently escaped from a neighbor’s home.

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