The are over 500 brown bears in Slovakia. Last year a hunter woke one up from it's hibernation. The bear attacked him so he killed it with his gun. Aren't we a hoot, humans. Timothy Treadwell lived with the bears for many seasons. Berlin's civic symbol is a bear. Russia, commonly represented as a boozy old bear. Paddington, Steiff, Rupert, Bungle, a constellation, Gentle Ben, a bear baiting pit in Headingley near the cricket ground, Mark Wallinger, Teddy and a punk bear I made with my mum featured in the newspaper that won me a Blue Peter badge. And now, polar ones are a heart string tugging symbol for the impending watery fate we'll all face unless we recycle more bottled water bottles.