If you think they treat mixed-race people badly spare a thought
for those in the animal world.
Jim Martell, a 65-year-old hunter from Idaho recently shot what he thought
was a polar bear only to discover that the animal was in fact the offspring
of a polar bear and a grizzly bear.
Territorial officials seized the creature after noticing its white fur
was scattered with brown patches and that it had the long claws and humped
back of a grizzly. Now a DNA test has confirmed the animal was indeed
a mixture of grizzly and polar — possibly the first documented
in the wild.
It seems that the hunted animal did not escape the usual derogatory treatment
metered out to those who don't fit into the usual boxes, in tiny Sachs
Harbour, where Mr. Martell’s guide
lives, the going name is 'Half-Breed'
- and the bear is the talk of the town.
The bear will now be returned to Mr
Martell who will now own one of the most unique bear skins on the planet.
'It will be quite a trophy,' Mr. Martell said last week, before hearing
that the bear was his to keep. He has now returned to Yellowknife for
another hunt, this time for a grizzly bear.
Hopefully this time the bear will get the better of him.