Student's photo of bear falling from tree goes viral
CU Independent | Westword
Andy Duann's picture in the CU Independent of a tranquilized bear falling from a tree is the sort of thing that makes you feel bad for ever saying anything bad about the Internet. The bear hangs in midair above a mat in Duann's shot, as if it had slightly miscalculated before popping into our dimension.
Update: Duann is considering legal action against the school for distributing the photo without compensating him
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The picture was published Thursday in a report about how the bear wandered onto campus and was coaxed out of a tree by way of a tranquilizer. Gil Asakawa, who advises the Independent (the student publication of the University of Colorado Boulder), told Denver Westword the photo had received more than 10,000 page views by 5 p.m. Mountain Time Thursday and "eventually crashed the Independent's site." That's more than twice the traffic generated by the paper's 4/20 coverage, which has its own tab on the website's top navigation bar.
And now it's a meme! Allen Klosowski sends a couple groovy remixes: This animated one, and this one, which combines the bear with a previous CU meme, the "totally psyched dive bar girl." There is also a pretty great video: