Trying to top his 2012 Christmas gift (an engagement ring), Vas Alli decided to replace his fiancée's childhood bear, "Whitey," which had long ago lost his stuffing and been packed away. But that turned out to be more of a challenge than he expected.
It's been a crazy couple of weeks, bear-wise.
On Saturday, Jesus Mabalot, a 38-year-old resident of Anchorage, Alaska, went to his church's picnic at a state park campground. While there, he presumably mingled and talked with his fellow churchgoers. He reportedly drank throughout the afternoon, and, at some point, stuffed his backpack with BBQ. Then he split off from the group and biked down a nearby road, where he encountered a black bear.
Bear the bear thought that, maybe, in New Jersey, he would finally make a friend. On Monday morning, he ended up in Montclair, not a bad little town, with its own art museum and a Whole Foods and big green backyards, perfect for a bear and his friends to play in. Scared and alone—his first time in New Jersey’s 60th-most-populous municipality—he began lumbering around, hoping that a friend would find him.
The saddest thing is a baby polar bear in Alaska waiting and waiting for his mom to come home, but the mom never comes home because a hunter killed her, for sport. And this will always be the saddest children's story, because now the lonesome motherless bear is condemned to live forever in a zoo, in Buffalo.