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   Undertoad  Friday Aug 12 09:32 AM

8/12/2005: Tightrope bear



This totally amazing set comes from xoxoxoBruce, who says they were taken in Connellsville, PA and never published as far as he knows. Happy Friday.








Bullitt  Friday Aug 12 09:44 AM

Well, looks like my bear-bags are pretty much worthless now.. and that has to be some pretty dang strong rope to hold that ball of fur up



Slurpy  Friday Aug 12 10:16 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad


What is that infernal racket coming from the canaries at number 13?



Wake me up from my sleep will ya? We'll see about that...



Excuse me can you keep it down a little please.. it's just I... what? What DID YOU JUST SAY? Shove it up my...??? I'll tell you where to shove it...



Who's laughing now huh??!?

It's been a slow day...


Queen of the Ryche  Friday Aug 12 10:20 AM

Welcome Slurps. Happy Friday.



glatt  Friday Aug 12 10:29 AM

Awesome! I love this set of pictures. They tell a story, and the story is a funny and amazing one. I had no idea that bears could do that.



Trilby  Friday Aug 12 10:30 AM

Bears are so cool. I love furry critters sooooooo much. Even if they do have big, pointy teeth.



BigV  Friday Aug 12 11:06 AM

What bullitt said.

I guess this is my new shopping guide.



wolf  Friday Aug 12 11:31 AM



"some of these products have been tested by trial and error through direct experience with bears,"



gregdotca  Friday Aug 12 01:57 PM

Shenanigans!

I'm calling shenanigans on these pictures!

Nevermind the fact that the rope would have to be incredibly strong (which it doesn't look to be), but look at the size of the trees… I can’t see them supporting this type of weight.

And lastly, who uses industrial strength rope to hang a bird feeder the probably only weights a few pounds?



wolf  Friday Aug 12 01:59 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by gregdotca
And lastly, who uses industrial strength rope to hang a bird feeder the probably only weights a few pounds?
Someone who has bears and/or industrial strength squirrels regularly raid their feeders.


Queen of the Ryche  Friday Aug 12 02:03 PM

That forest looks pretty lush - was there a shortage on nuts and berries and other yummy things that forced Mr. Bear to go to such great lenghts for some flippin' bird seed?



glatt  Friday Aug 12 03:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by gregdotca
I'm calling shenanigans on these pictures!

Nevermind the fact that the rope would have to be incredibly strong (which it doesn't look to be), but look at the size of the trees… I can’t see them supporting this type of weight.

And lastly, who uses industrial strength rope to hang a bird feeder the probably only weights a few pounds?
ropes are strong. Humans are always over-engineering with ropes for safety sake, so you are used to seeing big ropes. Little ropes are very strong. Don't beleive it? Get a small rope, like a new sneaker's shoelace, and try hanging from it. It will hold your weight.

Notice the rope is stretching a bit. It feels the load.

And trees. Trees are strong.

But yeah, if you are saying these pictures are unbelievable, I agree with you.


capnhowdy  Friday Aug 12 05:42 PM

cool pics. Very good. I like me some bears...as long as they're in pictures. Looking at them you wouldn't think they'd rip your lungs out, would you Jim? I don't think the bear wanted the bird seed as bad as he was hyper-curious about what the hell it was. I've seen honey bees build hives in things like this before.

Two more frames and he'd of busted his ass.

About the rope: Nothing is as it seems in Jellystone Park.

Four more frames and we'd have seen the Ranger.



Griff  Friday Aug 12 06:47 PM

Yay!



Izanagi  Friday Aug 12 07:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna
I love furry critters sooooooo much. Even if they do have big, pointy teeth.
Would you like my phone number?


xoxoxoBruce  Friday Aug 12 10:36 PM

I typed "rope strength" into Google and hit the first link to get the chart below. Keep in mind the safe working load is only 20% of the tensile strength but the bear isn't concerned with safe.
From the articles I've been seeing lately, bird feeders have become to bears what a box of chocolates is to the fat lady. They've really been tearing them up in the NorthEast US.
I've no way of knowing if the pictures are genuine but I know they are entirely possible and I've no reason to believe they are not.



Undertoad  Saturday Aug 13 10:32 AM

Has anyone else seen the video of the bear falling out of the tree onto the trampoline?

Good stuff!



chrisinhouston  Saturday Aug 13 02:22 PM

Anyone notice that in the first picture he is on the left side of the feeder and on the rest of the pics show him on the right side?

I've had bird feeders for years and have tried every method I can think of to keep the squirrels off short of having a live exposed electric cord tied to it to zapp them. I once used my pellet gun and shot 6 of them and the next week a new group came over from another neighborhood to eat at the feeder. I took one of those old round discs that kids slide on in snow country and put it over the feeder and they still figured out how to get around it; I even painted it with axel grease so they would slide down so they just ate the rope and dropped the whole damn thing in my flower beds. Then I got smart and got rid of the feeder!



dragonett  Sunday Aug 14 05:07 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisinhouston

I've had bird feeders for years and have tried every method I can think of to keep the squirrels off short of having a live exposed electric cord tied to it to zapp them.
Ok, so maybe I have my stupid hat jammed on too tight but, I see a lot of stuff about keeping squirrels out of bird feeders and I'm wondering, why? Seems to me the only things the birds in my yard do is poop all over my car. What do squirrels do that's so bad??? Sue me, I like furry better than feathered.


capnhowdy  Sunday Aug 14 09:12 AM

Squirrels used to plague me about my bird feeders. I put out a couple of squirrel feeders (the ones you put a whole ear of dry corn on) and tada... no more problems. If they can find corn and get easy access to it they prefer it over the bird seed.

If you can't beat em, join em.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Aug 14 02:12 PM

Quote:
A little known law in the Texas Civil Code:
"It is illegal to discharge a firearm while engaged in a sexual act"
In Texas, (and elsewhere) discharging a firearm is a sexual act.


Leah  Sunday Aug 14 07:30 PM

Look it's Yogi Bear. Yogi - "Who put my pic-a-nic-a basket up there". Hey Boo Boo.



Clodfobble  Sunday Aug 14 08:36 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dragonett
Ok, so maybe I have my stupid hat jammed on too tight but, I see a lot of stuff about keeping squirrels out of bird feeders and I'm wondering, why? Seems to me the only things the birds in my yard do is poop all over my car. What do squirrels do that's so bad??? Sue me, I like furry better than feathered.
No kidding, plus it's damned entertaining to watch the little critters hang by their feet trying to get at the birdseed.


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