Posted by: greeningwashington | February 11, 2009

Attack of the Cute, Cuddly Polar Bear

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This week in my Media and Politics class we were discussing the topic of news bias. When asked by our professor to identify examples, one outspoken student in the back said, “Well in all of those global warming ads when they talk about the poor polar bears dying they never talk about how mean they really are.”

 

You can imagine what I was thinking as the rest of the class reacted.

 

Hey, wait a second, why are polar bears always portrayed as cute and cuddly? Are those ‘Save the Polar Bears’ organizations just trying to trick me into thinking that polar bears deserve protection when they are really just ferocious predators? Hmmm. They aren’t going to fool me anymore.

 

No, that wasn’t what I was thinking. I was thinking that more on the mark would have been an example of how FOX News or Rush Limbaugh dramatize most events.

 

Certainly he wasn’t serious, I hope; however, his comments made me think that there really must be people that rationalize the extinction of animals — due to global warming or other human-induced events — using that thought process.

 

This picture is for the guy who has to ruin all of our fun thoughts about polar bears.

 

 

 

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Responses

  1. awww i USED to think they were cute

    • haha i still think they are cute…besides i probally look somewhat like that when i eat ribe 😉

  2. they are cute and cudly, this picture represents the survival of the fittest: DEFENCE. Obviously everybody defends each other from any type of attack, if not, we couldn’t be alive. Take for example our human race. Homosapiens fought for survival and that is why they are the human species that exists now in abundant masses. Polar bears are still mighty cute.

  3. u know what polar bears r cute and stuff but u dont have to let them die what did they do to u if they do attack u its because u wont leave them alone i love polar bears and u know polar bears eat meat they do that to survive u know gosh stop saying mean things about the polar bears help them if u where them u would want to have someone save ur life so just shut the fuck up and stop thinking about urself we dont want the polar bears to extinic and u know why they r about to extinic because ppl r keep on killing them and by ppl driving cars and have factories

  4. Polar Bears arn’t mean, they’re fierce. That’s one of the reasons I love them.

  5. People kill animals in order to eat. Or for the hell of it. So, maybe since homo sapiens are so mean, and not cute and cuddly, they deserve extinction.
    Polar Bears are NOT vegetarians.
    Lions are NOT vegetarians.
    Panthers are NOT vegetarians.
    Tigers are NOT vegetarians.

    And a mojority of humans are NOT vegetarians.

    Just b/c an animals (us included) have to kill to eat, does not mean they deserve extinction.
    So before people go freaking out b/c of a picture of a polar bear after a meal, and not starving to death, remember this: animals kill for need; people kill because they’re bastards. Which one deserves extinction?

  6. Thats how they live its not their fault thats how they were created!!!

  7. […] (image credits:National Geographic,Lee,Greening Washington) […]

  8. Being as I have lived and worked in the North and seen these animals up close, maybe too close, I do not find your picture surprising. Yet I do find it surprising that you would think that these animals are somehow in danger due to global warming. The elders speak of years when the North was much warmer than it is now and the Polar Bears have always been there. They adapt and survive just like the Inuit.

  9. Never doubt the power of the worlds largest land predator, however, just because they must hunt and kill to survive does not make them any less important to our world. So, what does that say about our race that hunts and kills for greed or just for fun? In addition, a polar bear does not kill it own kind unless it is defending itself, it’s family, or it’s food. Can we as humans say the same?

  10. they have to live i love all bears but go around them for fun is a no no. their are lot of lovable animals around the world. but you have to be a fool not to remember that they are still a animal first. he is still cute

  11. didn’t anyone watch ‘Grizzly Man’ ? while we may have a responsibility to not cause rampant extinction, wild animals aren’t trying to be your friend.

  12. Well, polar bears have to eat!! They are still cute, but you have to respect that they are carnivores and thus survive off of meat. Yes, they are dangerous. But they are also important to the biodiversity of our planet and must be protected. I’m sad that people think that polar bears are somewhere around “evil” after seeing this image. They have to eat too!!

  13. OH WOW GUYS CHILL WHATS IT GOING EAT WE ARE THE ONES THAT ARE KILLING THEM NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUNd!!!!!!! LEAVE THEM ALONE EVERYONE THERE NOT THAT MEAN THEY JUST NEED TO BE PROTECTED!!!
    I MYSELF WILL HELP SAVE PEOPLE BEARS BECAUSE THERE BEING KILLED FOR THERE HEAD TOO SEE WHO HAS THE BIGGEST!!!!

    HELP SAVE POLAR BEARS =)

  14. How do you think Polar bears eat they are cute but they need to survive. if killing an animal for food makes you no longer cute and cuddly then the human race is not cute or cuddly. we kill animals for food just like polar bears


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