Little Bear provides hint to age-old mystery concerning regular bears

If anyone ever asked you to put in one word what this blog is about, you would answer the same thing I would. Science.

Proceeding along the lines of inquiry that began last summer with Science Experiments You Can Conduct On Your Dog, the above photograph is proffered in the hopes of settling one of the most enduring mysteries of field biology: Do bears confine certain body functions to the woods? No other scientific question occupies a place of such prominence in the public's consciousness. It is so pervasive that it is the first thing people think of when asked whether, for example, they'll take fries with their Big Mac or if they would mind finding their boss slumped over his desk in the aftermath of a lethal thrombosis.

The logic here is inescapable. Names have meaning, therefore, no one nicknamed Little Bear, Bearface, Jr. or World Bear, could possibly not be mimicking the behaviors of her five-toed cousin.

Moreover, those of you who have been following the psychosocial development of our test subject know that she refuses to conduct her toilet in her own back yard, insisting, instead, on being transported to the woods. If the existence of parallel behavior can be demonstrated in the common Ursus Americanus - if it is the case, in other words, that they, too, will not go in their own backyards - the matter might be decided for once and for all.