Grizzly Cat

Of course we are challenging nature itself, and, it hits back…. We have to accept that it’s much stronger than we are. —Werner Herzog

Watching this captive bear playing with a plucky domestic cat in the rustic confines of a mean Russian hunting camp, I thought of Werner Herzog—especially his documentary Grizzly Man (2005), about bear advocate Timothy Treadwell and the dangers of sentimentalizing nature. But I also think of poet Randall Jarrell’s luminous novel The Animal Family, which tells the story of a hunter and a mermaid making an unlikely family with a bear and a lynx. The strange zoology of Jarrell’s feral family never seems sentimental—or maybe it’s a reminder that sentiment, as much as savagery, is also a survival instinct. —via Neatorama

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *