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Archive for November 26th, 2009

Really. What is it with people at a zoo getting stupid with predators?

Man mauled after trying to have picnic with bear in Swiss zoo

A man was just moments away from death as he hung in the jaws of a bear he tried to have a picnic with in a Swiss zoo.

But in the end it was the bear who ended up fighting for his life after police shot it in order to save the life of the uninvited intruder into his enclosure.

These dramatic photographs were taken by a visitor to the Bern Park, Switzerland, on Sunday when Finn, a European brown bear aged four, suddenly realised the unwanted human guest in his home.

I’m not so sure about the “unwanted” part – Finn may have thought this fellow was the take-out he had ordered:

Now, where did I put the ketchup...

Sadly, the unnamed gentleman serving as a snack for Finn isn’t eligible for a Darwin Award; you’re not allowed to survive, if you want to win. Perhaps he’ll get an honorable mention, however. It was a good try.

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Some people just have a hard time saying “goodbye:”

Vietnamese man dug up wife’s corpse ‘so he could hug her’

A Vietnamese man dug up his wife’s corpse and slept beside it for five years because he wanted to hug her in bed, it has been reported.

The 55-year-old man from a small town in the central province of Quang Nam opened up his wife’s grave in 2004, moulded clay around the remains to give the figure of a woman, put clothes on her and then placed her in his bed, Vietnamnet.vn said.

The man, Le Van, told the website that after his wife died in 2003 he slept on top of her grave, but about 20 months later he worried about rain, wind and cold, so he decided to dig a tunnel into the grave “to sleep with her”.

It gets better, and the ending quote is a candidate for “understatement of the year.”

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