Bears never cease to amaze me - ever heard of a Kung Fu bear?!? Originally I wanted to wait with this posting but thinking it over, maybe today is just the right day for it after the Hope posting. I still hope that with Hope we will also be in for a surprise, she is said to be sassy and vigourous, maybe that will help her. Anyway, here comes another bear celebrity...Meet Kumo doing tricks with sticks...
"A bear in a Japanese zoo has become an online sensation with his 'kung fu" skills.
Kumo, an Asian black bear, has been thrilling crowds at Hiroshima Asa Zoo for more than four years by twirling a stick like an expert martial artist.
But the animal's talents have now been discovered by English-speaking internet users - with a video of the bear set to 1970s pop song "Kung Fu Fighting" suddenly shooting up the viral charts after first being posted last year.
Kumo — the name means "Cloud" in English — even throws the stick into the air before catching it and continuing with the dexterous display.
The videos have been viewed on YouTube over 500,000 times.
Hiroshima Asa Zoo senior curator Haruo Otsu told ninemsn Kumo's skills were self-taught.
"It's very important to provide animals with a good environment so we give Kumo a lot of twigs, tree leaves and logs to play with," Mr Otsu said.
"He is very famous here and has been on the television and in some magazines."
Mr Otsu said Kumo seemed to appreciate the attention from visitors who came to watch his twirling skills.
A look through online archives proves Cloud's trick is no fluke, with video posted in 2008 showing the animal twirling a baseball bat in similar fashion.
The bat was reportedly a gift from the area's local baseball team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp."And now, just enjoy the video...!
Thanks to Betty who made me aware of that funny guy...Really, it was just the right moment...!!! Article source & photo credits: here, another article about Kumo can be found here