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'Our bears are not humans in costumes', Chinese zoo insists

By T.K. Randall
July 31, 2023 · Comment icon 19 comments

Is this a real bear ? Image Credit: Twitter / SHAOXIA33139500
An attraction at a zoo in China has gone viral after a confusing video clip was posted on social media.
The controversy began when visitors to Hangzhou Zoo in China posted up footage of one of the sun bears standing upright on its hind legs.

The clip quickly attracted quite a lot of attention, with several social media users maintaining that the animal is little more than a person wearing a costume.

Since then, the zoo has been quick to play down such rumors.

"When it comes to bears, the first thing that comes to mind is a huge figure and amazing power... but not all bears are behemoths and danger personified," the zoo wrote in a statement that was intended to be from the perspective of one of the bears.
"We Malayan bears are petite, the smallest bear in the world."

As things stand, it's not absolutely clear if the bears are actually the real deal or not.

You can check out some footage below - what do you think ?

Source: Sky News | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by razman 9 months ago
I can see the bear walking upright , but standing there waving like that , you gotta wonder. Though i think the video i saw was different than the one at the top of this post.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles 9 months ago
It's a bear, no doubt.
Comment icon #12 Posted by pellinore 8 months ago
Comment icon #13 Posted by Saru 8 months ago
Comment icon #14 Posted by Hawken 8 months ago
There was this large alligator in Florida walking across a golf course. People were commenting on the video saying it was animatronics. Little did they know that's how gators walk on dry land.
Comment icon #15 Posted by acute 8 months ago
I think this 'bear' was a midget on another midget's shoulders. Good costume though! 
Comment icon #16 Posted by DieChecker 8 months ago
Bears... Definitely bears... I can't hardly believe how stupid so many people are. Or how willing they are to believe what appears obviously to be untrue. Humans... Definitely humans...
Comment icon #17 Posted by Freez1 8 months ago
I mean I seen the video when it first came out. And if I remember correctly there was another bear or two around the one standing up waving. Those two looked like bears the one waving looked like a Disney employee greeting customers. China duplicates everything if there isn’t enough animals in the zoo it’s time to suit up.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Alchopwn 8 months ago
I wouldn't believe the CCP if they told me the sky was blue:
Comment icon #19 Posted by Jon the frog 7 months ago
If you can mistake these bears for human in suit, we can also say human are so bigfoot-like they can be mistaken for bigfoot in the woods !

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