Born To Be Wild

March 8th, 2011

Born To Be Wild - Behind The Awkwardness

“My grandmother thought it would be cute for me to get my picture made while on the back of a motorcycle being driven by a bear.”

(submitted by Loren)

71 Responses to “Born To Be Wild”

  1. Roman Sandstorm says:

    I so wish we had bears in Australia. We have to make do with 80 species of venomous snakes, and useless lard-ball wombats.

    Bears on bikes? I wish.

  2. Malithion says:

    oh, man, this is priceless. like something out of Sam & Max or such.

    “bear.. ride.. er.. don’t drive too fast..”

  3. Buegeleissen says:

    Good for the bear! How many other bears get to drive motorcycles! They all just have to walk everywhere all the time.

    He’s rebel, and was ‘Born to Be Wild’! Yeah!

  4. davennap says:

    Whose to say the bear wasn’t treated kindly. He looks healthy and is probably used to the muzzle like a horse is used to a bit on a bridle. Obviously well trained and raised in captivity. Some animals that are raised in captivity cannot be released in the wild for many reasons and that doesn’t mean they are mistreated.

  5. skippy says:

    hey, ive seen that dude befor’…wee rode’ to’gether down to the mardi gras back in ’73…..
    he had an ol’ harley shovelhead’ and he shor’ was quite a hit wit the ol’ ladies…..what a time…..good ol’ smokie d. bear……

  6. Bruce says:

    “Bear left!” I know, that was bad. In fact, it was “unbearable!”

  7. J.C.Lincoln says:

    Good news is the bear is probably dead now.

  8. Tom says:

    “Who is driving? Oh my God, bear is driving! How can that be!?!?”

  9. Jo says:

    This isn’t awkward, this is shameful

  10. serg says:

    First thing I thought when i saw this picture: Hotel New Hampshire!!!!

  11. Lol'd Inappropriately says:

    I laughed hysterically (and may/may not have shot snot out of my nose) when I saw the absurdity of this photo. It’s truly sad for the bear, but thank goodness Loren wasn’t the passenger that pushed poor Bruno over the edge!

  12. virginia says:

    Are we sure this is not a dead bear? Is that a dumb question?

  13. Dennis says:

    I immediately thought of the movie “The Hotel New Hampshire”, I seem to recall that “Susie the bear” rode a motorcycle in the film…but turned out to be an actress (Nastassia Kinski) in a bear suit. Odd/sad/quirky movie….featuring lots of awkward family moments.

    • Jeff says:

      You are absolutely right. This is the bear from “Hotel New Hampshire”. Her real name is Robin and her trainer was Wally Naghtin.
      The bear in the movie was shot by a hunter and Natashya replaced the bear and wore a bear suit.

  14. Mrs Alda says:

    Clearly is one of those zany, low budge 1970s Disney movies starring Eddie Albert, a couple adorable kids and a circus bear on the run.

  15. Jen says:

    BOOOO! Poor bear!!!

  16. Zooky says:

    The Country Bear Jamboree has a new tambourine player!

  17. Mrs Alda says:

    I prefer Ralph and the Motorcycle myself

  18. ChrisF says:

    Hmmmmm. Did Grandma rub bacon grease in your hair before this picture was taken? Did she give you matches for Christmas? Or let you watch TV when you took a bath? I’m sure she love you though.

    • justme says:

      LOL Good one……..but in all fairness I’m sure all our grammas let us ride on the hood of the car…..or maybe that really was just Loren….

  19. wreck says:

    “We’re headin’ to Sturgis — BORN TO BE WILD!” ….. credit to JerseyPam for the inspiration!!

  20. JD says:

    That’s actually pretty freaking cool. I mean, probably not for the bear. He looks a little sad.

  21. JerseyPam says:


  22. JB says:

    That’s a pretty crappy story.

  23. Fred Bear says:

    Grandma was right. Great picture. I wish I had a bear to drive me around on a motorcycle. All you animal lovers can cool off. It is one bear out of how many in the world? I am sure that bears do this with humans once in a while. Nobody gets upset about that. And why does this picture make me think of SuperTroopers?

  24. Linda says:

    That just breaks my heart. Poor, poor, poor mistreated abused bear!!!
    Really a crying shame people think it’s a good idea to use animals like this.
    Shame on you grandma!
    All in all: genuinely awkward….

  25. AndrewT says:

    “Gramma! When I said ‘bare with me for a moment’ this is NOT what I meant!”

  26. stef says:

    awkward family photo or awful family photo…. poor bear.

  27. Infoqueen says:


  28. Alan says:

    That is SO dangerous…… both should have helmets.

  29. Abe says:

    Grandma thought you said you wanted to go to the maul.

  30. Leanne says:

    I don’t think this site has ever made me feel sad before .. just awful… 🙁

  31. LKT says:

    TGFG! (Thank God for Grandmas) “Get a little closer, Dear! I want to fit you both in!”

    And thank the heaven’s PETA wasn’t around to stop this beautiful piece of Awkward Art from going down in history! 🙂

  32. steph says:

    Sad for the bear….but what just happened to the picture of the belly dancing mom?

  33. JC says:

    Sweet Grandma Ringling always knew what would comfort and entertain the younguns.

  34. Welcome to my weekend at the bars in Chelsea.

  35. Be3t says:

    Awkward, in a “that makes me want to cry my eyes out” kind of way.

  36. Billy Hunt says:

    Are you sure she wasn’t just trying to get rid of you?

  37. maryrae says:

    She was right!

  38. AC says:

    I don’t know who to feel more sorry for, the poor, sad, exploited bear, or the girl !

  39. bowers says:

    That’s horrible, that poor muzzled bear.

    • Linda says:

      that’s the first thing that came to my mind, too. not only is it muzzled, it’s probably had its claws yanked out. let’s hope this is an old photo and things like this don’t happen anymore.

      • molly says:

        i think its stuffed……

      • Ken G. says:

        Umm… you can see the claws of the bear in the picture. And if it is indeed “stuffed” it was probably killed by a large caliber rifle… and if it’s alive I would hope there’s someone standing off camera with a large caliber rifle being that there is in fact a CHILD in the picture. I was more worried about the fact that there is a CHILD in close proximity to a POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS WILD ANIMAL.

        • iLOLd says:

          I was more worried that the bear may have just eaten the bean enchilada platter.

          Just sayin’…

          • justme says:

            Hah! I would be worried about that too — does a bear poop in the woods? Heck yeah…..but I think in an emergency he could do it on a motorcycle as well!

        • jos says:

          ok, except that (unless its a particularly vain bear) the animal was FORCED to be in that photo, whereas the kid CHOSE to be in the photo.

          • Jan says:

            Are you sure the child chose to be there? The caption does say “my grandmother thought it would be cute”. You know how grandmas can be!

    • Noneya says:

      My first thought was of animal abuse, as well. Hopefully, this type of abuse is done with now.

      • vinterkat says:

        unfortunatly animal abuse isn’t done… too many countries and awfull people still use animals for the “joy” of human.. how pathetic and heartless…

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