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Trick bears / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. ; producer, James White. 1899

CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1899. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 27Nov1899; 77519. Duration: 1:49 at 16 fps. Filmed ca. June to September 1899, probably in Orange, New Jersey. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 526; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985.

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This video demonstrates the degree of animal abuse that was culturally acceptable in the United States at the end of the the 19th century. Three of the bears are black bears (ursus americanus), and the tallest “blond” bear is a grizzly (ursus arctos). For land mammals, bears are second only to humans in the ratio of brain size to body mass. A full grown black bear’s brain is about the same size of a 12-year-old human. Though there is little discernible science available in this area, it’s contended that, like the elephant, the bear’s brain is primarily devoted to memory. Behaviors observed over the long lifetimes of these two large-brained species appear to support the contention.

Posted almost 4 years by rsikkema

This abuse of North America’s top omnivores continues to this day. Though the most common exploitation of these cranially-gifted mammals is in the form of bear shows, the older approach called a bear pit is still offered in the US South region. Search terms BEAR PITS OF THE SMOKIES and CHIEF SAUNOOKE’S BEAR PARK CLOSED.

Posted almost 4 years by rsikkema

bears get down from podiums

Posted almost 4 years by rsikkema 00:00:29

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