Russian bears use local cemeteries as their personal refrigerators

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The recent shortage of food in the Arctic Circle has forced plenty of Russian bears to get creative and starting feasting on tasty corpsicles conveniently buried at various cemeteries.

The Guardian is reporting that due to the abnormal heat wave in Russia and a lack of their traditional food sources, bears have started using the local cemeteries as an all-you-can-eat buffet.

World Wildlife Fund Russia said there had been a similar case two years ago in the town of Kandalaksha, in the northern Karelia republic. "You have to remember that bears are natural scavengers. In the US and Canada you can't leave any food in tents in national parks," said Masha Vorontsova of WWF Russia.

"In Karelia one bear learned how to do it [open a coffin]. He then taught the others," she added, suggesting: "They are pretty quick learners." [Edit note: Bears are the new raptors]


We feel especially bad for the two women from Vezhnya Tchova who stumbled upon a bear, mid corpse dinner, last week.