And then just before Christmas, there came word that the first person to ‘bag’ a bear in that Nevada hunt admitted to not having played by the rules, “Reno Man Who Killed First Bear in Nevada Hunt Guilty” and “First bear killed in Nevada hunt was taken illegally.” Timothy Kawelmacher plead down to wrist-slapping misdemeanor counts of unlawfully baiting a trap and was ordered to give back the remains, including the head, hide and claws. In Arizona, the bears are also too much with us. It turns out that keeping out the brown hordes of illegal border crossers also means the “Border Fence is Affecting Black Bears, Too, Study Says.”
As if it wasn’t enough to have the U.S. Justice Department finally confirm the state’s worst-kept secret, that “Sheriff Arpaio Violates Latinos’ Rights.” Now we’re finding out that the rights of bears are also being trampled on in Arizona. Why can’t we all get along with nature, anyway?
But recently I learned a Chinese entrepreneur by the name of An Yanshi was making tea so high-priced only the much-derided “1 Percent“ can drink it.
The tea is made from panda bear feces and sells for $34,000 a pound. See “Tea made from panda feces expected to be most expensive brew in the world.”
I now realize that all those times, it was mere hyperbole when I said, “This coffee tastes like shit.” Finally, there’s a libation with a taste that needs no such exaggeration.
Yanshi, a lecturer at Sichuan University, says the panda excrement “is rich in fiber and nutrients” and has lots of antioxidants. He also says the tea has “a mature, nutty taste.” And while he doesn’t claim it will give you a shiny coat, Yanshi does quite superfluously add that it has “a very distinctive aroma.” Ah finally, someone has learned how to get along with nature.
Photo Credits: Bear Bathing, Vancouver, Canada, by Paul Mannix at Flickr via Creative Commons-license requiring attribution; Bear in Worbis-SW, by FHgitarre at Flickr via Creative Commons-license requiring attribution.