The photo above shows Pedals, the bear who walked on two legs like a human.
Tragically, he’s been shot dead and I’m angry enough to do something really bad to his killer or killers.
Pedals, an adorable black bear famous for walking like a human, has reportedly been shot dead.
The bear first became a social media sensation in 2014, when he was filmed taking a stroll on his hind legs in Oak Ridge, New Jersey – apparently because of deformities on his paws.
Since then the locals have grown to love him, describing him as a friendly chap who liked to check out the neighbourhood’s rubbish bins for snacks.
But he has this week reportedly been killed by a bow hunter, according to locals Sabrina Pugley and Lisa Rose Rublack.
The two women apparently emailed ABC News saying, ‘PEDALS IS DEAD’.
Pugsley told the station that a group of hunters saw Pedals’ body at a bear weigh station in the Green Pond neighbourhood on Monday evening.
The bear, they said, had similar deformities on its paws to Pedals.
She added that the hunters wanted to remain anonymous, ‘possibly due to fear of backlash from NJ DEP (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection)’.
When asked to comment on Pedals’ alleged death, the NJ DEP released a statement saying: ‘While the Division appreviates the concern for the bear, it has no way of verifying the identity of any bear that has not been previously tagged or had a DNA sample previously taken.’
Black bear hunting is legal in New Jersey. In the first four days of the state’s bear hunting season 432 bears were killed, state officials said.
Here’s vintage footage showing how the story of Pedals originally broke in the media:
There is no rational reason to have a bear hunting season anywhere in the world. Black bears are mostly harmless. I wish that sometime in my life I could have a friendly fellow like Pedals visiting my trash can without having to worry for his safety.