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Angelesa Novak says, "I remember this account happened in the mid- 90s. Another memorable day an Australian tourist climbed into the cage to get a better picture. Binky came away from the experience with a sneaker. To the end of his days, he had his sneaker. One of the fire departments even printed "Bad as Binky" T-shirts with a drawing of Binky with the sneaker in his mouth. Sadly both Binky and his mate died within months of each other in 96 or 97.

(1999, Fairbanks, Alaska) As an Alaska resident for 18 years, I have seen many stupid things. The topper was when two inebriated teenagers decided to swim with polar bears in the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage. They jumped over one fence and climbed through another to get to the pool, where Binky the Bear took offence and mauled the first of the intruders.

His prostate suffered dearly for this mistake, but he survived. The second boy escaped unscathed. As an interesting footnote, a new pen was under consideration because the old one was much too elaborate for its purpose of keeping the polar bears inside. In light of this escapade, maybe they should emphasise making it hard for people to get in, instead of the bears getting out.

Submitted by: Tyler Thickstun

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