"On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points." --Virginia Woolf
Friday, June 27, 2008
Munda and Rani in better times.
When A Man Loves A Bear
And no, I'm not referring to the buff, burly gay men that drink and loiter in certain parts of San Francisco.
Here's a story of bear love for the ages: Ram Singh Munda, a laborer from a small Indian village outside of New Delhi, was collecting firewood in the forest near his home when he discovered an abandoned bear cub. Illiterate and unaware of national wildlife statutes, Munda brought the black sloth back to his home, where it would be cared for and nurtured like a member of the family. A family that had recently shrunk since the death of Munda's wife, leaving him to care for their six year-old daughter alone.
Naturally, the story made national headlines:
Unfortunately for the Munda clan, the government took notice. Munda is currently spending his days in jail while the bear, Rani (Queen), sits in isolation at a local zoo and is refusing to eat. The daughter was sent to a state boarding school.
Go to this petition site to help reunite this family. I know there are more pressing matters in the world right now, but really, look at that happy bear on the bicycle! If this story, and the site of that bear on a bicycle, does not bring a tear to the eye then you are not human.
I am uncommonly mobile; I have circumnavigated the globe eight times, walking amazing distances. Through the South Island of New Zealand to the Southern Alps. From Chile to the Andes in Argentina. Across the Serengeti in Africa. I made 300 ascents of mountains 10,000 ft. tall or more, including the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, and Kilimanjaro. I traveled alone, aided only by my porters, sketching volcanos and collecting wildflowers along the way.