Tuesday, 1 September 2009

From the vaults (an occasional series) - Timothy Treadwell

Not strictly a rant, just watching a review of "Grizzly Man", a documentary about a yoghurt-knitting lentilist called Timothy Treadwell who spent about 12 years living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

He spent all this time "protecting" the grizzlies from humans and big business. Even the director, Werner Herzog, not noted for his lack of trendy-lefty beardie credentials, bemoaned the Disneyfication of wildlife.

Still, the story has a happy ending -- after all that time spent with the animals he loved, he got eaten by one.

Originally posted here.

9 comments:

Fidothedog said...

Bloody hell I remember reading about that shortly after he became a light snack for the bears.

Still makes me chuckle now.

Ross said...

Treadwell was a prick, but he also got his girlfriend killed as a result of his stupidity.

Okay that was partly her fault for being his girlfriend but seeing as he claimed to be a bear expert you can see how she might not have realised just how insanely dangerous hanging out with great big bears was.

Dr Evadne said...

Nearly as funny as that Australian bloke who made a career out of annoying croccodiles and then got zapped by a giant ray or something.

Mitch said...

the bears obviously don't read the guardian and hate leftys.

Anonymous said...

@Evadne

It was Steve Irwin and a Stingray

JuliaM said...

"...that was partly her fault for being his girlfriend but seeing as he claimed to be a bear expert you can see how she might not have realised just how insanely dangerous hanging out with great big bears was."

Ladies, never believe your man when he tells you something!

bayard said...

Wasn't there some other candidate for the Darwin Awards that got eaten by a Komodo dragon?

jcb said...

For those of you who have seen the film, you may enjoy the parody...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIiwhB38M1A

Henry Martin said...

Wow you people are pathetic. At least Treadwell lived with 10X the balls as any of you. You're all just a bunch of snivelling cowards with no spine.