Facebook Ruins Bear Family Reunion
The Hensons, a large extended family of Alaskan brown bears, have been gathering at Katmai National Park for a reunion every summer. It’s a tradition of camping, fishing and re-connecting that goes back generations in this tight-knit group.
But this year, the revelry of reuniting with long-lost relatives was somewhat less exciting.
“Everyone is friends on Facebook,” says Diane Peterson, a long-time friend of the family. “They all see each other’s updates and chat constantly. So there was very little to talk about at the reunion. Everyone was all caught up.”
Reports indicate the normally rowdy bunch mostly sat by the river’s edge in awkward silence, with occasional remarks about the weather.
Love animals as much as we do? Check out explore.org’s network of live cams on bears, baby birds, puppies, kittens and more.