Twitter star bear back in wild

2012-07-16 12:11
Video

Bear capture

2012-07-16 10:00

This CBS video on YouTube shows the bear that was captured.WATCH

kalahari.com

Los Angeles - A bear which became a minor star in Los Angeles, with over 24 000 Twitter followers, was returned to the wild on Sunday after being found asleep in a tree, officials said.

The bear was nicknamed "Glen Bearian" after the Glendale neighbourhood where he had become a regular visitor, with residents posting pictures taken on cellphones. Others called him Meatball.

The Los Angeles Times wrote about him on Friday, calling him a "social phenomenon" who had built up an affectionate following via his Twitter persona, created by a local resident and embraced by thousands of others.

The animal - Twitter handle @TheGlendaleBear - proclaimed his love for food in trash cans but also tweeted about the Egyptian revolution, and even promised to challenge reality TV star Kim Kardashian for mayor of Glendale.

But the newspaper also noted that, if authorities were forced to kill the beast, "there will be a lot of explaining to do".

Happy ending

The Glen Bearian broached the difficult issue himself, tweeting: ""Yo tweeps: who wants me to die? Keep leaving food out & taking pics. #SeeYouInHeaven."

Sarah Aujero, 29, owner of the Twitter handle @TheGlendaleBear, warned: "If they kill the bear, they'd better bury him at [local celebrity cemetery] Forest Lawn next to Michael Jackson. I'm not kidding. They have to."

On Sunday there was a happy ending - for now, at least - after Glen Bearian was spotted sleeping in a tree. Police and California Department of Fish and Game officers blocked off the area and evacuated residents.

They woke up the bear by firing bean bags at him. As the startled beast scrambled down he was hit by tranquiliser darts. He managed to run for two blocks before being found asleep outside a local school.

They then loaded him onto a truck and took him to a remote area of the Los Angeles National Forest, a long way from Glendale.

But it may not be over yet. @secretaznman2 tweeted a short time later that he "wonders how long will it take for @theglendalebear to return?"

To which @TheGlendaleBear tweeted: "Place Your Bets!"

"Meatball has his own twitter account? Maybe he comes back for a wifi signal so he can tweet. Haha," said @XSemperIdem5.
Read more on:    animals
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It may feel like you are treading water and going nowhere fast. You may want to get off the merry go round. By pushing yourself...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.