The Mystery of the Little Bear is Solved

Posted in Humor on April 24th, 2009 by MadDog
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In my post On the Road – Honolulu – Cute to Bizarre I showed you an image of a cute animal that I thought was a bear. As reader Stacey Johle pointed out in a comment, this is not the case.

First, let me note that the comment arrived on the old temporary site that I had set up to save Madang – Ples Bilong Mi after I was hacked and could no longer upload images. That site was www.mymadang.wordpress.com.  The site is now set as Private so that search engines can’t find it and people can’t land there. To my horror, I was still getting an average of 100 hits a day on that site. It is dead now, at least to anybody but me. I’ll leave it there, but nobody should be able to access it. I just hope that Google gets its act together and realizes soon that it should direct people here instead.

Okay, back to the mysterious animal. First, here is the image from my previous post:  (click the link in the first paragraph if you want to read the post)

Cute little animal statue in from of a Honolulu Japanese Steak House
Cute, eh? But to anyone who is not Japanese, probably mysterious. Stacey sent me this link to a blog post that explains all. NOTE: There are some anatomical references that some readers might find offensive. By the way the blog, called Tofugu, is an interesting place to visit if you are amused by Japanese culture (Alison, are you reading this?). After reading the blog post, I understood why it’s presence outside a Japanese Steak House might be considered amusing.  Here is an image that I ripped from the post:

This is a Tanuki.

The animal is a Tanuki. Sorry, I don’t know what they are saying to each other. They look a bit like raccoons, but even cuter. Thanks, Stacey, for solving this puzzle.

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