A Seasonable Bear-Story
Zoological Gardens, Zoology, Animal Behaviour,
Discusses a Morning Post report of the bear that caught fire at the Jardin des Plantes, Paris. The report notes how the burning bear was extinguished by plunging it into a large basin of water, a feat which Punch thinks shows the 'extraordinary sagacity' of the bear and how 'tractable' this normally aggressive species becomes when on fire. Concludes by wondering whether this 'anecdote' will appear in Timbs 1857.
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