Steven Colbert would be so happy – Bear convicted for theft of honey

The following article comes from BBC News World. I ran across this while I was watching the Colbert Report on TV, so it seemed especially funny at the time.

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The taste of honey was just too tempting for a bear in Macedonia, which repeatedly raided a beekeeper’s hives.

Now it has a criminal record after a court found it guilty of theft and criminal damage.

But there was an empty dock in the court in the city of Bitola and no handcuffed bear, which was convicted in its absence.

The case was brought by the exasperated beekeeper after a year of trying vainly to protect his beehives.

For a while, he kept the animal away by buying a generator, lighting up the area, and playing thumping Serbian turbo-folk music.

But when the generator ran out of power and the music fell silent, the bear was back and the honey was gone once more.

“It attacked the beehives again,” said beekeeper Zoran Kiseloski.

Because the animal had no owner and belonged to a protected species, the court ordered the state to pay for the damage to the hives – around $3,500 (£1,750; 2,238 euros).

The bear, meanwhile, remains at large – somewhere in Macedonia.

Yogi Bear

Ok, try to tell me that while reading this article you were not ALSO thinking of Yogi Bear…

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About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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