At the risk of riling up the animal lovers again, I’ve got to say that I don’t get all that warm and fuzzy about protecting polar bears from extinction. At least, not as much as, say, the Bald Eagle. Or the koala, in case anybody asked me to protect them. Or the snail darter.
Oh, it might be necessary for the planet and all. But I don’t get emotionally involved. If we gotta protect ’em, let’s do it. But I just don’t feel about them the way I did back when, say, those cute Coca-Cola commercials came out.
The problem is, a couple of years back I was reading about bears, and the article reviewed the varying degrees to which each variety of bear might be dangerous, under certain circumstance.
But as near as I can recall, as fierce as the grizzly’s rep may be, it was nothing compared to the polar bear, which, I was told, hunts humans for food.
Has anyone heard otherwise? Until I get that confirmed, I’m going to prefer to continue protecting the polar bear from a great distance.